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Far better than expected, and I had high hopes. Another Blumhouse homerun.

The beauty of the horror genre is its ability to serve as a conversational vessel, presenting subject matter that we typically cannot stomach in a palatable manner to help spur further conversation. This film dive into child psychology, grief, love, loss, attachment theory, and the ethics of artificial intelligence in much more depth than any hour and a half academic lecture could ever dream of.

The storytelling is razor-sharp, and the actresses Jenna Davis and Amie Donald deserve Oscars for their portrayal of our favorite animatronic adolescent. Violet McGraw is also an amazing talent with a hopefully bright future in Hollywood. There were moments of terrorized laughter throughout the runtime with this one. It was either laughing at the absurdity or being terrified by how closely it resembles recent/current events. Similar to the “Terminator” franchise, this film forces the audience to question “should we really chase convenience at all costs?” and “should we really trust machines programmed by imperfect humans?” Ponder those existential questions while enjoying this excellent horror film.

P.S. This is my 500th review! It’s been one hell of a ride. I can’t wait to see where we go in the years to come! Thank you to everyone who entertains my ramblings.

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