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The villain of this new horror movie is already creeping people out

In fairness, dancing killer robot dolls are always going to be scary.

There were a number of movie trailers to hit the web this week but only one of them featured a villain that set the internet abuzz.

This was the teaser for Megan (styled M3GAN), a new horror produced by James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Malignant) about an android doll designed to look like a little girl that can dance and kill people – sometimes at the same time going by the clip released.

Allison Williams (Get Out, Girls) stars in the movie as Gemma, a roboticist at a toy company that uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN (short for Model 3 Generative Android), a life-like doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and to parent’s greatest ally.

As such, when Gemma unexpectedly gains custody of her orphaned niece Katie (Violet McGraw), she enlists the help of her M3GAN prototype.

However, this decision has horrific consequences as the doll begins to develop a mind of her own and an unhealthy obsession with Katie.

Feeling like a contemporary update of ’80s classic killer doll movie Child’s Play, Megan is directed by Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) and is written by Akela Cooper (Malignant) based on a story idea by Cooper and Wan.

It lands in Irish cinemas on 13 January. You can check out its trailer below.

Clip via Universal Pictures Ireland

Earlier in the week, JOE covered the trailer for Netflix’s new true crime documentary series Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi in a separate article.

Meanwhile, here are some of the other big teasers that were released in the past seven days in the world of film and TV.

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

Clip via Neon

This documentary about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin took home the top prize at the most recent Venice Film Festival and is set for an Irish release on 27 January 2023.

Enola Holmes 2

Clips via Netflix

Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill return as Enola and Sherlock Holmes in this Netflix sequel that lands on the streamer on 4 November.

Matilda the Musical

Clip via Sony Pictures Releasing UK

Dublin actress Alisha Weir and Emma Thompson lead the cast of this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s popular children’s novel that arrives in cinemas on 25 November.

Spirited

Clip via Apple TV

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell star in this modern retelling of A Christmas Carol that drops on Apple TV + on 18 November.

The School for Good and Evil

Clips via Netflix

This fantasy film set at an enchanted school where aspiring heroes and villains are trained to protect the balance between good and evil will be released on the streamer on 19 October.

Wendell & Wild

Clips via Netflix

Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key voice two scheming demon brothers in this stop-motion horror comedy from director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) that comes to Netflix on 28 October.

Women Talking

Clip via Universal Pictures Ireland

This drama featuring Irish actress Jessie Buckley centers around a number of women in an isolated religious community who grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith.

It arrives in cinemas in Ireland on 10 February 2023.

Save Our Squad with David Beckham

Clip via Disney Plus UK & Ireland

Moving onto TV, this series will see David Beckham return to his East London roots to mentor a young, grassroots team and will premiere on 9 November.

The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself

Clips via Netflix

This fantasy YA series centers around a teenager who is the illegitimate son of the world’s most dangerous witch and comes to Netflix on 28 October.

The English

Clip via Prime Video

Premiering on 1o November on BBC Two, Emily Blunt stars in this Western series as an Englishwoman who arrives into the West in 1890 seeking revenge.

The Peripheral

Clip via Prime Video

Adapted from a novel by William Gibson (Neuromancer), this Amazon sci-fi series starring Chloë Grace Moretz premieres on Prime Video on 21 October.

Wednesday Addams

Clips via Netflix

Lastly, this Tim Burton-produced Netflix comedy horror series based on the character Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) from The Addams Family will be released by the streamer on 23 November.

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