Scifi Thriller 'M3GAN' Brings Technohorror To Chinese Screens
Sci-fi horror film M3GAN opened in China on Friday after an exciting Beijing premiere on Tuesday.
Performers dressed as the heroes of "M3GAN" pose for a photo at the film's Chinese premiere in Beijing on March 14, 2023. [Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures]
Directed by Gerard Johnston and horror filmmakers James Wan and Jason Blum, “M3GAN” tells the story of a brilliant robot engineer for a toy company who uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a living doll designed to emotionally connect with her granddaughter. , who recently orphaned. . But when the doll's programming goes too far, she becomes overprotective of her new human friend, with devastating and bloody consequences. Starring Allison Williams and Violet McGraw, the film features Amy Donald, a New Zealand child actress and dancer, who plays M3GAN with Geena Davis as her voice.
According to Box Office Mojo, the tech horror film has achieved critical and commercial success since its debut in North America and other markets in December 2022, grossing more than $172 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. It has been praised by critics for its disturbing mix of horror, humor, satirical elements and theatrical presentation.
Universal Pictures held a thrilling and terrifying screening of the film in Beijing, raising tensions among those present. Many artists dressed as the hero of the movie took the stage and then danced to the famous number of M3GAN, which went viral on social media such as TikTok all over the world.
The idea for the film came from Wan Atomic Monster Productions, who envisioned a killer doll. While Wang's 2014 film Annabelle also featured a killer doll, he explained in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: "The concept is almost about abusing technology and relying too much on it. And what happens when technology gets out of control A. Commentary on the world we live in AND we feel appropriate.”
After the success of the film, a sequel titled "M3GAN 2.0" is said to be scheduled for release on January 17, 2025.