Updated: Nov 28
By Matthew Ochoa
Ten years. It had been 10 years when Scott Cawthon, creator of Five Nights at Freddy's, would announce to the public that he would be working on a movie based off of his popular games. Fans were ecstatic and excited to see their favorite lovable animatronics on the big screen, and would happily pay to see this movie. However, the movie would soon go into writer's limbo, never being released and being constantly thrown between publishers waiting for something, anything to work in their favor. Until finally something changed. The script was complete and they could begin filming. Then they edited and soon enough FNAF fans would finally be able to rejoice in seeing their favorite game in theaters like they rightfully deserve.
Five Nights at Freddy's follows Mike Schmidt, a young guy with bad luck trying to balance taking care of his younger sister Abby while also being haunted by his past trauma of the kidnapping of his younger brother Garret. Struggling to make ends meet, he agrees to work for Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria as the security guard. However, things are not quite what they seem in this restaurant, watch as Mike deals with the abnormal and see if he can survive five nights at Freddy's!
Five Nights at Freddy's is exactly what you want and need if you were already a fan of the games and or lore. There are many callbacks and easter eggs to previous theories, games, and books. For any FNAF fan it's everything you dreamed of and more and you would probably even be able to call it one of the best movies this year. However, if this is one of your first exposures to FNAF it may not be all it's cracked up to be. Reveals of new information can come off as if coming from nowhere and our bland. While this movie does follow its own lore narrative on how it works it still would help if you had previous game knowledge.
Still, the movie has grossed more than $130 million worldwide and secured the biggest opening weekend for a horror movie, surpassing the previous record holder, the 2018 movie Halloween.
Overall the movie is amazing, but if this is your first experience with FNAF perhaps take a veteran to help you understand.