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Scott Cawthon Delivers More Than We Could Have Hoped For With the Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie
(Universal Pictures/Blumhouse Productions)

By now, most of us know the Five Nights at Freddy’s game franchise, created by Scott Cawthon. The games themselves revolve around a night guard that has to protect himself from killer animatronics possessed by the ghosts of children, while trying not to run out of power and make it to the end of his shift. Fans have been captured by the amazing lore that follows the games; so much so that it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the theories people have made about the FNaF lore.

When Scott Cawthon announced that there was going to be a movie to go with this amazing game series, fans were thrilled. I myself couldn’t wait to see the masterpiece that Scott would no doubt come up with. However, when the movie did come out on October 27th, it was met with mixed responses. That thrill that so many fans had experienced quickly died down when they realized it wasn’t what they were expecting. Some said that the movie wasn’t scary enough, others said that they wish it had been more lore-friendly, and the rest are simply happy that their favorite game franchise has finally been brought to the big screen. I’m in that third camp; in my opinion, the FNaF movie was amazing and I love what Scott came up with.

The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie revolves around Mike Schmidt (played by Josh Hutcherson), the new security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and his little sister, Abby (played by Piper Rubio). After Mike loses his job as a mall cop, he goes to Steve Raglin (played by Mathew Lillard), a career counselor, who offers him a job working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. After realizing that this new job as a security guard is a lot more dangerous than he could have anticipated, he then has to protect himself and Abby from the animatronics that want to take Abby from him.

(Universal Pictures/Blumhouse Productions)

I personally think that the movie was great considering its PG-13 rating. The movie does a good job incorporating the basics of the original FNaF lore while also telling its own story. Without spoiling anything for those of you that haven’t watched the movie, I would like to mention that there is a very delightful scene in the movie that connects the idea that the animatronics are still just kids in the end. Although I loved this scene, a lot of people didn’t because of the lighthearted nature of it and the idea that putting this in a horror movie completely depletes the horror aspect. My favorite part of the movie was, surprisingly, the credits, considering they played The Living Tombstone’s “Five Nights at Freddy’s”, a fan made song about the FNaF games, along with the Puppets music box. For those who don’t know, the Puppet’s music box is a feature in FNaF 2 that you have to keep wound up throughout the night in order for a dangerous, creepy-looking Puppet to stay calm and not attack you. Those that stayed to the very end of the credits could even hear the Puppet’s voice spelling out “COME FIND ME.” This, along with a lot of other small details in the film, make me very excited for what the next movies have in store for us. Yes, you read that right, a second and even third movie have already been confirmed by Scott Cawthon and Blumhouse, and fans just can’t wait to see what they come up with.


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Madison DeCrescenzo, Journalist
Hi, my name is Madison (She/Her). You can call me Madison, Max, or Maddie. Outside of school I enjoy reading, video games, and music. I also enjoy art as a hobby and prefer realism sketching as my main form of art.

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