Dolls are actually there to give children fun and joy. For adults, on the other hand, the particularly human-like, lifeless specimens are often a source of horror – and that’s exactly what horror films have discovered for years. Again and again, the supposedly harmless toy, which in fact has a chilling life of its own, causes horror here, with the iconic Chucky and his long-lived “Child’s Play” franchise spearheading it.
But now the killer doll and its ilk have serious competition. The eponymous doll from “M3GAN” already looks absolutely disturbing in the trailer for the upcoming horror thriller – partly because it actually looks amazingly lifelike, but then doesn’t quite look like a real person (an effect also known as Uncanny Valley). Apparently, an eerie mix of handmade and computer-generated effects is used here, which at least in the preview does not fail to have its eerie effect.
M3GAN (which is short for Model 3 Generative Android) is – as in the “Child’s Play” reboot from 2019 – a high-tech doll equipped with artificial intelligence, which was created by robotics expert Gemma (Allison Williams) for a toy company was developed and will soon become the best friend for many children.
When Gemma takes in her niece (Violet McGraw) one day, she decides to take the prototype doll home with her to cheer up the little girl after her parents’ death. At first it works surprisingly well. However, M3GAN quickly begins to develop an awareness of her own and an almost murderous protective instinct for her new friend, to which the first ones soon fall victim…
The idea for “M3GAN” came from none other than horror mastermind James Wanwho starred in films like “Aquaman” and “Fast & Furious 7” is now also at home in the blockbuster area, but even years after its former breakthrough with the nasty shocker “Saw” still likes to make detours into dark horror realms (only in 2021 with the wacky ” malignant”).
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Wan didn’t take a seat on the director’s chair this time (after all, he’s still having a hard time working on the DC sequel “Aquaman 2: Lost Kingdom”) but left the field to “Housebound” creator Gerard Johnstone. The producer team led by Jason Blum, who has had a hand in countless horror hits in recent years – from “Paranormal Activity” to “Insidious” to the “Halloween” reboot, also provides an additional portion of genre expertise . We’ll find out next year whether his latest work can also be included here:
“M3GAN” will start in German cinemas on January 12, 2023. You can also watch the trailer for the film in the original English below:
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