James Wan Says the Horror Movie M3GAN Is “ANNABELLE Meets THE TERMINATOR”

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The buzz for James Wan’s upcoming horror movie M3GAN is on the rise. The footage that’s been released just has this strange craziness that is hooking people and getting them excited about the new horror movie. Now, Wan and the writer of the movie, Akela Cooper, are saying things that will keep the hype alive.

The story is about a life-like A.I. robot doll that ends up turning on its creator and goes on a killing spree. During a recent interview with Empire, Wan said that the movie is “Annabelle meets The Terminator,” which seems like an excellent description.

Wan goes on to say that while M3GAN is designed to bring sweet friendship to lonely kids, like the orphaned Cady in the movie, “That soon goes off the rails. I’m fascinated by things that are meant to be innocent, but become more… malign.”

As for Cooper, when she wrote this movie, she was inspired by her greatest childhood fear. She explains: “My thing was ventriloquist dummies. I saw the Anthony Hopkins movie Magic at a really young age and that cemented the creepiness in my brain. I was a big Child’s Play fan, too. It was always my dream to create an iconic monster of my own.”

Universal is already looking at making a sequel. One element from the trailer that everyone is talking about is that bizarre dance sequence. Cooper explains that there’s even more to that scene to be discovered and teased, “looking forward to people hearing the song choice” that accompanies the dance on screen.

The film is directed by Gerard Johnstone, who directed the Australian horror movie Housebound, and the script comes from Akela Cooper (Malignant, The Nun 2). Here’s the synopsis:

M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a life-like doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by brilliant toy-company roboticist Gemma (Get Out’s Allison Williams), M3GAN can listen and watch and learn as she becomes friend and teacher, playmate and protector, for the child she is bonded to.

When Gemma suddenly becomes the caretaker of her orphaned 8-year-old niece, Cady (Violet McGraw, The Haunting of Hill House), Gemma’s unsure and unprepared to be a parent. Under intense pressure at work, Gemma decides to pair her M3GAN prototype with Cady in an attempt to resolve both problems—a decision that will have unimaginable consequences.

Allison Williams (Get Out) both stars in and executive produces the movie. The movie also stars Ronny Chieng (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Brian Jordan Alvarez (Will & Grace), Jen Van Epps (Cowboy Bebop), Lori Dungey (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, extended edition), and Stephane Garneau-Monten (Straight Forward).

M3GAN will be released in theaters on January 13, 2023.

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