Five Nights at Freddy’s (Tammi, 2023) – Movie Review

Five Nights at Freddy’s took the world by storm after the first game released. The simple gameplay but intriguing premise, a restaurant shut down due to one of the animatronics killing a kid, was more than enough for a lot of gamers to give it a go. Several sequels, spin-offs , a novel trilogy, and graphic novels later the series finally got a movie adaption. Funded by Blumhouse, Five Nights at Freddy’s released last year. So, let’s take a deeper look…

Details of Five Nights at Freddy’s

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Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Companies: Blumhouse Productions & Scott Cawthon Productions

Director: Emma Tammi

Producers: Scott Cawthon & Jason Blum 

Scriptwriters: Scott Cawthon, Chris Lee Hill, & Tyler MacIntyre

Based On: Five Nights at Freddy’s by Scott Cawthon

Main Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, & Matthew Lillard   
Released: 25th October 2023

Running Time:  109 Minutes

Story of Five Nights at Freddy’s

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 The story follows Mike as he fails to keep a job due to a variety of mental health issues. Despite constant PTSD and trauma coming up due to him failing to watch his younger brother years ago. Something that lead to his brothers kidnapping and disappearance. Perhaps that’s why Mike tries so hard to support both him and his younger sister Gabby. Upon being offered a security guard job at a rundown business, Mike declines as it’s a night shift. Something he is unable to do due to caring for Gabby.

But when his aunt threatens to take him to court. Stating he is unfit to look after a child. When in fact it’s her who is unfit. As she is simply after Gabby for the monthly check from the state. This does however push Mike into accepting the security gig. This is when he starts to uncover the secrets behind his brother’s disappearance and the animatronics that guard the pizzeria.

Analysis of Five Nights at Freddy’s

Animatronics

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The production team truly knew what mattered in a live action adaption- the animatronics. Choosing to manufacture actual animatronics rather than rely on CGI. This makes Freddy and the gang look so much more realistic, because they are. The movements are so fluid as well due to them being actual machines. Allowing the team to capture a more faithful Freddy which works tremendously well on camera. The lifeless stare that they all give off sends chills down your spine. It would be frightening to be up close and personal with them.

Summary

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Five Nights at Freddy’s is truly a film for both hardcore fans and newcomers. Created by a production team that truly value what was important about the franchise. Having special animatronics made just for the film shows the lengths they were willing to take to get everything just right. Blending together story elements and characters from the main game series, spin-offs, novels, and graphic novels into a perfectly reimagined take on the series. That manages to feel both familiar and fresh. If you’re a fan of the games, horror films, or just intrigued by the enthralling premise, you must watch Five Nights at Freddy’s! You will not be disappointed!

Recommendation: Yes!