It’s only been days since M3GAN hit theaters, but the new film is already shaping up to be a horror classic. Killer dolls tend to do well among fans of the genre, but it’s been a while since a killer doll killed audiences so hard – M3GAN has already made more than $10 million more than expected at the box office. Such an odd doll appears to be created digitally, but fans might be surprised to find that due to budget concerns, the titular doll was created using minimal CGI.
In a new interview with IndieWire, director Gerard Johnstone revealed that M3GAN is a combination of hands-on effects, a human, and a bit of CGI. Johnstone said the team behind M3GAN had to get creative when making the doll, because the film’s $12 million budget meant they couldn’t afford true AI. “We didn’t have the budget for a Boston Dynamics robot, but we didn’t want to rely on strings or puppeteers in blue suits or anything like that,” the filmmaker told the publication. “So that left us with an impossible task. to find a girl who was about the same age as Violet [McGraw, who plays M3GAN’s owner] and could do all that physical stuff and act with Allison Williams.