Long before M3GAN hit theaters, the film’s titular cyborg, who can best be described as a mashup of Renesmee from Twilight (if she was a raging sadist) and a yassified Baby Annette, became a viral sensation. Shortly after the first trailer came out, Twitter crowned the dead-eyed doll a horror icon in the way only Twitter can, and fan-cams of 2023’s new favorite Terminator girly dancing to Charli XCX’s “Hot Girl’’ began to circulate the internet a mile a minute. Now, it goes without saying that there’s a big difference between a film and its marketing campaign, but, somewhat miraculously, M3GANmanages to live up to its spectacular advertising. (Though in retrospect, this new triumph in horror camp shouldn’t be that surprising, as Malignant’s James Wan and Akela Cooper, AKA the people who gave us this scene just last year, co-wrote the film).
As far as its plot goes, M3GAN doesn’t stray too far from the tried-and-true “AI gone wrong” story format. After losing both of her parents in a tragic car accident, young Cady (Violet McGraw) moves in with her aunt Gemma (Allison Williams), a toy company roboticist partially responsible for PurrpetualPetz: Stuffed animals that have human-like teeth and, among other things, take shits.
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