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10 Movies Like M3GAN You Must See

January 9, 2023

The film industry has experimented with countless aspects and angles to make horror films more compelling and menacing. One such 2022 movie mixes horror and sci-fi genres beautifully. Directed by Gerard Johnstone, M3GAN chronicles the experiences of the eponymous puppet with artificial intelligence. Aside from her lifelike physical form and numerous high-tech abilities, she has the potential to go rogue and ruin her owner’s life.

Gemma, the creator of M3GAN, decides to give her niece the doll to test to see how it works. Although the puppet is programmed to be a friend and a caregiver, it becomes obsessive and overrides the response model. Therefore, she begins to speak and act according to her own will. What follows is a succession of deadly and horrifying events. If you want to watch movies that revolve around horror movies with a puppet-like protagonist and science experiments going wrong, then the following suggestions are perfect for you. You can watch most of these movies similar to M3GAN on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

10.Robert (2015)

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Inspired by a real-life doll named Robert, the horror film brings to life some inexplicably horrific events that occur in the film ‘Robert’. Directed by Andrew Jones, the film tells the story of the Otto family, whose son is given an old doll after their housekeeper has left. Eventually, the family witnesses supernatural events that can be linked to the doll itself. Robert is followed by four sequels that continue the story of the haunted doll. Both films, Robert and M3GAN, are about a scary doll that talks and behaves strangely. Both families in the films experience terrible consequences after encountering the doll.

9. Magic (1978)

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Directed by Richard Attenborough, the psychological horror film Magic tells the story of Corky, an unsuccessful magician whose career is not progressing. To enhance his performance, Corky buys a ventriloquist dummy named Fats and uses it on his shows. As Corky’s performance improves and he becomes more successful, he becomes more and more dependent on Fats. However, Corky begins to suspect that Fats is possessed by the spirit of a deceased ventriloquist and that the puppet is controlling him. As Corky’s mental health deteriorates, he becomes increasingly paranoid and violent, leading to a shocking and deadly confrontation with Fats. Like all of the other puppet horror films on this list, Magic uses an enchanted object to induce fear and paranoia. Both M3GAN and Magic inspire hysteria and terror in viewers with their lifelike depiction of inanimate objects.

8. Child’s Play (1988)

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The horror film tells the story of a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray who, after being mortally wounded in a shootout with police, transfers his soul into a Good Guys doll using a voodoo ritual. Directed by Tom Holland, Child’s Play follows a doll who engages in increasingly violent and disturbing behavior. As the death toll mounts, Andy’s mother, Karen, realizes that Charles Lee Ray possessed the doll and is responsible for the murders. With the help of a detective, Karen must find a way to stop the possessed doll. While artificial intelligence is not a theme in the film, a puppet that wields its reign of terror over those around it can be found in both Child’s Play and M3GAN.

7. The Boy (2016)

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The horror film The Boy tells the story of a young American woman named Greta who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. When she arrives at her new job, she discovers that the child she is assigned to look after is actually a life-size doll that is being treated like a real child by the parents. Despite the strange circumstances, Greta decides to stay and take care of the doll, but soon she suspects that she might be possessed by the spirit of the couple’s deceased son. Also, she becomes increasingly convinced that the doll is alive and tries to harm it. Directed by William Brent Bell, the film features a lifelike doll as seen in M3GAN. Both inanimate dolls turn out to be horrifying and fatal to the plot and characters of the respective film.

6th upgrade (2018)

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The sci-fi action film Upgrade was directed by Leigh Whannell. Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel and Harrison Gilbertson star in the lead roles. The film tells the story of Gray Trace, a man who becomes paralyzed after a brutal robbery. Desperate for a cure, Gray agrees to undergo a radical experimental procedure that involves implanting a chip called STEM in his spine. The chip grants Gray enhanced physical abilities and allows him to walk again, but also introduces a sinister personality that begins to take control of his actions. As Gray struggles to regain control of his own body, he sets out to find those responsible for the robbery in order to exact revenge. Like M3GAN, this film connects humans with the power and impact of artificial technology rearing its ugly head. Both films also deal with the topic of AI going wrong.

5. Dead Silence (2007)

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If you liked the film style and aura of M3GAN, then you should definitely check out more of James Wan’s films. Another spectacle from the talented filmmaker is the horror flick Dead Silence. The film tells the story of Jamie Ashen, a man who returns to his hometown of Ravens Fair after his wife is brutally murdered. As Jamie investigates the circumstances of his wife’s death, he becomes increasingly convinced that her murder is connected to a legendary ventriloquist dummy named Billy, said to be cursed and bringing death to anyone who possesses it. The deeper Jamie delves into the mystery, the more he must face the terrifying truth about Billy and the malevolent forces that control him. While Wan produced M3GAN, he directed Dead Silence. As such, both films share a similar overall tonality peculiar to the veteran filmmaker, save for the ghastly doll trope.

4. Chopping Mall (1986)

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The sci-fi horror film Chopping Mall, directed by Jim Wynorski, is set in a mall that has installed a group of high-tech security robots that patrol the premises at night. When a group of young employees decide to have a late-night party at the mall, they accidentally trigger the security system, prompting the robots to go on a killing spree. While the robots must hunt down and eliminate the party guests one by one the survivors find a way to outwit the robots and escape the mall before they become the next victims. Although the film was shot in the late 80’s, it shows the ups and downs of technology in an exceptional way. Like M3GAN, the film features robots that prove deadly to humans. Also, all the antagonists in the movies are initially tasked with protecting people but end up destroying them.

3. Videodrome (1983)

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‘Videodrome’ is a science fiction horror film directed by David Cronenberg. It tells the story of Max Renn, the president of a small cable TV company who is always on the lookout for offbeat new programs. When Max encounters a mysterious pirate signal called the Videodrome, he becomes obsessed with the show’s graphic and violent content and begins to research its origins. As Max delves deeper into the world of Videodrome, he uncovers a conspiracy involving mind control, mutilation, and the blurring of the lines between reality and hallucination. Max must face his own wits and the dark forces behind Videodrome to survive. Technology first lures people with its advances and then eventually unleashes a downfall that ruins innocent lives. Such aspects can be found in both M3GAN and Videodrome, where AI and technology seem useful at first, but end up being harmful to everyone.

2. Annabelle (2014)

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John R. Leonetti’s horror film Annabelle is a spin-off of the 2013 film The Conjuring. It tells the story of a couple, John and Mia, who are expecting their first child. When John comes home one night, his apartment is ransacked and Mia is brutally attacked by a group of intruders out for a rare old doll in Mia’s possession. As strange and frightening events begin to occur, the couple realize that Annabelle is possessed by a malevolent entity.

They enlist the help of a group of paranormal investigators, who uncover the entity’s connection to a satanic cult. The doll’s possession and subsequent actions have repercussions on John and Mia’s family. While the doll’s actions in M3GAN stem from technology gone wrong, Annabelle’s sinister transformations remain unexplained. At the same time, both dolls trigger fear and panic in their owners.

1. I Am Mother (2019)

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Director Grant Sputore’s science fiction film I Am Mother is set in a post-apocalyptic world. The film revolves around a young girl named Daughter who is raised by a robot named Mother. Also, Mother is tasked with repopulating the Earth with a new generation of humans. As the daughter grows older, she begins to question her mother’s intentions. She also makes a shocking discovery that threatens to turn her entire world upside down. The daughter must choose between trusting Mother and following her programmed instructions, or going her own way and risking everything to discover the truth about her own existence. As a result, Katie and M3GAN’s relationship becomes increasingly dependent and risky as the two form a close bond. A similar connection is shown between mother and daughter in I Am Mother.