HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 07: Gerard Johnstone attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "M3GAN" at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 07, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/GA/The Hollywood Reporter via Getty Images)
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Housebound Made James Wan Realize Gerard Johnstone Was Perfect For M3GAN
At first glance, it doesn't seem like “M3GAN” was made by the same director that helmed one of New Zealand's best horror comedies, “Housebound.” The movie that put filmmaker Gerard Johnstone on the map back in 2014 is more of a mystery thriller, whereas “M3GAN” is a techno-horror cautionary tale tailor-made for mainstream, meme-obsessed audiences.
The tightrope balance of mixing the right amount of humor with a frightening premise, however, was exactly why Johnstone's sense of humor was desperately needed to nail the tone of “M3GAN.” In an interview with Daily Dead, “M3GAN” producer James Wan talked about Gerard Johnstone's sensibilities as a filmmaker and gushed about his love for “Housebound.”
Wan said, “ I'm a huge fan of 'Housebound' and horror films like ‘Housebound’ that really tow that fine line of being creepy and scary in one moment, but the next moment something funny and goofy happens. It's such a specific tone that Gerard has that he just does it so well and pairing him with Akela's script just made the perfect sense.”