Starring: Allison Williams, Amie Donald, Jenna Davis, Violet McGraw, Gerard Johnstone
Director: Gerard Johnstone
Length: 102 minutes
Release Date: Blu-ray and DVD April 17, 2023. Own the theatrical version and the unseen edition available on digital download April 3, 2023.
From Atomic Monster, Blumhouse and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Co-written by Akela Cooper and James Wan (well known to horror fans) and directed by Gerard Johnstone, M3gan is a science-fiction-thriller-chiller-stalk-and-slash movie.
M3gan is the new Annabel, she’s the new Chucky, and you don’t want to mess with her. She may look pretty, she may look timid, but you know from the opening act that M3gan is a cold-blooded killer, just like the dolls that came before her – only she is AI rather than a doll. Andrew Barclay’s mother bought Chucky from a peddler in a back alley for $50, but M3gan costs the same as a down payment on a mortgage. Still if your parents are super rich, M3gan is the must have toy. And the perfect friend to the end.
Robotics engineer Gemma (Allison Williams, so brilliant in Get Out) develops M3gan as her own project and then uses M3gan as a babysitter for her eight-year-old niece, Cady (Violet McGraw), who has just lost her parents in horrific circumstances. But as we all know, when a killer doll is your best friend to the end, the end is likely to be fairly soon. Well in this case it is slightly different, M3gan – having gained self-awareness is now ready to kill anyone who threatens Cady.
Allison Williams is excellent, granted she doesn’t have a great deal to do, but she’s good value in the role. Amie Donald is the physical side of M3gan while Jenna Davis takes on the voice acting part of the role. Both are very capable actors, Donald especially, she embodies the role and really makes it her own, she is both creepy and scary. Her movements and mannerisms are very impressive. Davis of course adds something else with her voice acting to fully round out the character. Both manage to add unexpected twists to M3gan and they no doubt have sparkling careers ahead of them as actors.
M3gan is a fun addition to the murderous doll genre. It’s much lighter on the blood and gore than the early Child’s Play movies, and less creepy than Annabel, but it’s still worth your time. What it lacks in real horror scares, or violent gore, it makes up for in laughs and innovative killings – and this doll has got a Tik-Tok account!
I really enjoyed watching M3gan and there is already talk of a sequel. I wouldn’t bet against this killer-artificial-intelligence-doll starring in her own franchise.
M3GAN UNSEEN EDITION delivers more distressing violence and profanity and features never-before-seen bonus content including a breakdown of the creation of M3GAN and behind-the-scenes featurettes showcasing the film’s complex stunts and gory deaths.
EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD*:
- A New Vision of Horror - Filmmakers and cast break down how the world of M3GAN was
created, including the initial idea, through production under the leadership of director Gerard
- Bringing Life to M3GAN - See how animatronics, puppets, and actor Amie Donald helped
make M3GAN as real as possible
- Getting Hacked - A behind-the-scenes look at how cast and crew accomplished some of the film's complex stunts and gory deaths