Creepy dolls are given a whole new meaning in Blumhouse Production’s new horror flick M3GAN. Gemma (Allison Williams), a robot engineer, is caught off guard when she is suddenly given custody of her nine year old niece Cady (Violet McGraw). Hoping it will solve all their problems, Gemma decides to pair up her prototype with Cady. But when M3GAN begins taking on a life of her own, the situation takes a concerning turn for all involved.
Truth time: before today I had never seen a horror movie in the cinema. Having only recently gotten into the genre and by that I mean to a certain extent, I always thought it would be a struggle for me to watch something like this on the big screen. I’m used to hiding behind a pillow, or closing my eyes and blocking my ears when a jump scare occurs and I didn’t think I could do that in public. However, there was something about M3GAN that peaked my interest since the trailer was released last fall and I’m so damn happy that I bit the bullet and went to see it.
I can’t even begin to pinpoint exactly why I enjoyed this movie so much. A large part of it had to do with how camp it all was. The over the top theatrics are something that probably shouldn’t have worked, but totally did. Because of that, I didn’t feel scared at all while watching and instead embraced the entire experience even more. There were some moments throughout where everyone in the audience giggled at some of the one liners and also the scenarios that were unfolding.
The way in which M3GAN herself was designed was jaw dropping. She looked and seemed so real, which okay, was definitely the point, but even I was entranced by her. I thought it was brilliant to have two different young ladies (Amie Donald and Jenna Davis respectively) portray this killer robot. They completely brought her to life. The rest of the cast did great jobs too. Williams was perfect as engineer Gemma and I thought that McGraw gave it her all as Cady. I also liked the additions of Gemma’s work team in Tess (Jen Van Epps) and Cole (Brian Jordan Alvarez) as well as her boss David (Ronny Chieng).
When I woke up this morning, there was no way I thought that M3GAN could possibly get such a high rating from me, but I can’t ignore that impression it left me with. One week into the new year and we are off to a great start!