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Haunted doll trope, but make it a robot

There’s nothing that has caught my eye yet for 2023, the media goes as far as M3GAN, a horror film featuring perhaps the scariest robot-child-doll we’ve ever seen, the trailer for which was released today. Starring Alison Williams and bringing together creepy doll-like children and artificial intelligence, this is a horror film for the age of technological advancement, drawing inspiration from 80s horror. Child’s play and the 2014 sci-fi thriller Ex-Machina.

According to the absolutely wacky trailer, the film follows Gemma (Alison Williams), who has to take care of her orphaned niece Cady (Violet McGraw). Cady is pretty scary herself (reminiscent of Isabella Fuhrman in Orphan), but to cheer him up, Gemma introduces him to M3GAN, a robot she designed to “be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally”, whose job it is to “protect Evil Cady”. An artificially intelligent being resembling a spooky doll from the depths of the Eerie Valley destined to solve all of our emotional problems? What could go wrong? While programmed to be able to “shut down,” she recalibrates herself instead, becoming dangerously protective, doing everything from sprinting on all fours in a terrifying one-push to pushing an annoying boy past an oncoming truck. to wield a sword to protect Cady.

The mesmerizing trailer is set to Taylor Swift’s “It’s Nice To Have a Friend,” the already robotic chorus giving way to new weirdness when paired with clips of M3GAN, dressed in a preppy trench coat dress. , white tights and Mary Janes dancing with the crazy staccato abandonment of a Sia music video. In short, this film, which has the slogan “Friendship has evolved”, is going to be petrifying, but also deliciously laughable, caressing the emotions of being human as only a ridiculous horror film can.

The film has a legendary horror pedigree; it is produced by James Wan, the screenwriter and director of Insidious and Conspiracyin the same way The black phone producers, with a screenplay by Akela Cooper, who wrote clever. Williams is also the film’s executive producer, which gives me a greater appreciation for her and her quest to build a post-get out horror work.

M3GAN hits theaters on January 13, 2023. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer below.