See Drew Barrymore Dressed As The Most Terrifying Horror Character

Drew Barrymore dressed as the creepy robot M3GAN for Wednesday's episode of The Drew Barrymore Show.

By Michileen Martin | Published

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Drew Barrymore dressed as M3GAN on The Drew Barrymore Show

As the child star of 1984’s Firestarter and the following year’s Cat’s Eye, and enjoying an infamously and shockingly brief appearance in 1996’s game-changing slasher Scream, Drew Barrymore is no stranger to horror. For Wednesday’s episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, and in honor of M3GAN star Alison Williams’ appearance, the host used her horror experience and no doubt an awesome costume and makeup crew to fashion a creepy M3GAN get-up, including contacts to recreate the look of the villain’s doll eyes.

In the beginning of the clip, Williams challenges the Drew Barrymore variant of M3GAN to prove she can run “on all fours.” Barrymore meets the challenge with gusto; charging the camera on her hands and knees to Williams’ and the crowd’s delight. It mirrors a scene that became famous in the previews for M3GAN in which the terrifying robot appears to attack a boy who is bullying the young Cady (Violet McGraw).

Apparently chasing after bullies through the woods — or recreating such a scene — is hell for your contacts because Barrymore has to readjust hers afterward. Always the actress, she pretends to be malfunctioning to explain the issue. Then, in the voice of the killing clockwork girl she’s dressed as, Drew Barrymore asks the M3GAN star Williams how she knew the film would be “such a hit.”

She’s not wrong — M3GAN has done extremely well for Universal Pictures. Made for around $12 million, in less than a month since its wide theatrical release M3GAN has made ten times that amount worldwide, with over $125 million in ticket sales according to Box Office Mojo. It’s a perfect reminder about why studios continue to back horror films with their relatively inexpensive overhead and potentially huge profits.

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Amie Donald and Violet McGraw in M3GAN (2022)

While it was only Alison Williams on The Drew Barrymore Show — who plays Cady’s Aunt Gemma in M3GAN — the acclaimed horror flick has a lot of talent to thank for its success, including director Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) and writers Akela Cooper (Malignant) and James Wan (Aquaman). Amie Donald (Sweet Tooth) does the body work for the titular killer robot, while the voice is provided by Jenna Davis (Raven’s Home). The cast has helped the horror film achieve a stunning 94% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes.

In M3GAN, the young Cady is left to be raised with her Aunt Gemma, a robotocist, after her parents die in a car crash. Married to her work, Gemma isn’t equipped to bond with a child, and so instead she finishes her scrapped M3GAN project to give Cady a companion. As you can guess by virtue of M3GAN being a horror film, the titular robot girl proves to be less like Raggedy Ann and more like a marriage between Chucky and Terminator‘s T-800.