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‘M3GAN’ Is Already a Cult Film, Thanks to Its Outrageous Trailer

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

There are no words capable of describing the anomaly that has just crash landed on planet Earth. Her name is Megan—or, rather, M3GAN. She is a doll. She talks. She dances. And she has already catapulted her way into all of our hearts, thanks to the cheesiest, hokiest two-and-a-half minutes to have ever graced social media.

When the creepy, doe-eyed doll was first introduced via a teaser poster, the internet devolved into chaos. Who was this little creep? She’s not as creepy as Annabelle, but in a way, she’s even more terrifying than the doll from James Wan’s horror favorite. If Annabelle was Gordon Ramsey, demeaning and alarming, Megan would be Guy Fieri: laughable, with crazy hair and big ol’ sunglasses.

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James Wan returns as a writer on Megan, meaning we’re about to get something Malignant-esque, which is already clear from this trailer. Megan shimmies and shakes before throwing an ax into some dude’s face. Of course, there are already plenty of GIFs of her dancing, a sure sign that Megan will get the complete meme treatment as soon as folks can get their hands on the digital copy.

Girls alum Allison Williams is Megan’s creator Gemma, whose oversized sweater sleeves are stretched over her hands as if she were still Marnie, explaining the intricacies of some new doll. She’s adopted her niece Katie after a fatal car crash left her as an orphan. Struggling to figure out how to settle Katie’s nerves, Auntie Gemma resorts to her prized possession: a creepy doll who watches over children.

“Ever since I was little, I dreamed of this perfect toy that would protect a kid from ever feeling lonely or sad,” Gemma says, introducing Megan. Ah, yes. The perfect toy for a child. Not a Wii, nor an iPod Touch or an American Girl Doll. No—combine all three, instead, for the optimal experience.

It doesn’t take long for Megan to completely fly off the rails. At dinner, Katie refuses to eat any of the toppings on her pizza, resulting in some reprimanding from Gemma. Megan defends Katie, telling Gemma that children will be less likely to eat vegetables if they’re forced to do so.

“Megan, turn off,” Gemma responds in frustration.

“I thought we were having a conversation,” Megan says back.

Fun fact: This is actually a real transcript from The View back in 2019, when Meghan McCain got into an argument with her co-hosts.