Beyond Avatar: The Way of Water, there’s another film shot in New Zealand that’s aiming to hit the limelight, hitting the North American box office this weekend.
The release of Kiwi director Gerald Johnstone’s (Housebound) horror film M3gan in US cinemas this Friday has been boosted by a wave of rave reviews from film critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes currently gives the film a 98% “fresh score” based on his 41 ratings. That’s well above his 77% for the Avatar sequel.
David Rooney, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, called it “a satirical tale of dangerous technology, one whose shocks, horrors, and even cautionary tales are not mitigated by a delightful stream of hilarious humour.” It was a sentiment echoed by indieWire’s Kate Erblan, who said, “By nimbly blending camp and social satire with actual horror… M3gan breaks the pantheon of killer dolls and stays there forever.” We are poised to stay.”
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William Bibbiani of The Wrap compared the film to the classic ’80s comedy-horror films, Gremlins, saying that it “captures an alchemical blend of heart, humor and mayhem rarely seen, but it’s a big deal.” It’s creating more entertainment than potential hits.” Mashable’s Kristy Puchko evoked another recent cult scare in her ratings.
Across the Atlantic in the UK, when the film is set to release on January 13, Clarisse Loughrey of The Independent is a self-confessed fan of Johnstone’s Housebound, deeming it “sharp, sarcastic and downright mean”. I was. perfect mix. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian summed it up as a “cheeky, fun thriller” and praised it as “funny and messy”, while Empire magazine’s Al Horner called it “silly… Toy Story like no other”. I admitted.
Filmed partially in Oakland in mid-2021 and starring Allison Williams of Get Out and Violet McGraw of The Haunting of Hill House, M3gan is a sci-fi thriller about a toy company robotics engineer who suddenly builds a nasty doll. Advertised. – begins her own life.
Meet the killer star of the movie M3gan, which was shot in New Zealand.
New Zealand moviegoers will get their first chance to make their own assessment when it debuts in cinemas here next Wednesday night, January 11th.