The year 2023 is already developing into a banner year for films. Several high profile films are making waves in cinemas. is in the foreground M3GAN, a horror film acclaimed by critics and fans for its dark humor and self-referential moments. The film was released in early January and is already considered one of the must-watch films of the year. A lot of fans can’t get enough of that M3GAN, and would love to see more of the killer doll. Luckily, the film’s writer, Akela Cooper, recently admitted an unrated version of M3GAN is on the way.
M3GAN tells the story of a young orphan girl named Cady. She lives with her aunt, a busy career woman who works as a roboticist. To keep Cady company and take some of the burden of care off her own shoulders, Cady’s aunt gives the young girl an artificially intelligent doll named M3GAN. As M3GAN grows more confident, Cady and her aunt become more and more afraid of what the doll is capable of.
M3GAN is rated PG-13 for violence and death, but there’s a much more dramatic buildup than any actual bruising. Screenwriter Akela Cooper recently opened up about it to the Los Angeles Times. “No shade for Universal, I love her and I understand that when the trailer went viral, teenagers chimed in and you want them to be able to see it,” she said of the decision to tone down the film.
Cooper continued to tease more M3GAN content in the future. “There should be an unrated version at some point,” she said. “I heard it’s in the books. But yeah, it was a lot bloodier. Her body count in the script was higher than in the film.”
Cooper went on to discuss the intricacies of the script she wrote for the film. “It wasn’t Gabriel [in Malignant]Massacre on a large scale, but she killed a lot more people, including a few characters James liked: “I like what you did to these people, but I want them to live.” I’ve been merciless, but again, I am. My humor is extremely dark.”
To date there are no further details about a possible unrated cut M3GAN. But it seems likely that with the film’s digital release in a few months, viewers could have the chance to watch the unrated version when it’s finished.
M3GAN received top marks from critics and fans just a few weeks after its theatrical release. On the Rotten Tomatoes review site, it has a 95% Tomatometer score and a 79% Audience score.
“There are countless spooky dolls in horror movies, but few combine creepiness with glamor as successfully as the anti-heroine in Gerard Johnstone’s pleasantly tongue-in-cheek ‘M3GAN,'” said one reviewer. Another hailed the film as “a totally over the top horror comedy…it’s a lot of fun…the doll is super scary.”
Critics and fans everywhere are praising the film’s humor and noting how well the script plays with the tongue-in-cheek idea of a murderous puppet while others shouted M3GAN as “smarter than you’d expect”. With so much positive buzz, M3GAN has become the must-see horror film of 2023.