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FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S movie review – There are much worse films you could have seen this Halloween season

Director: Emma Tammi
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Matthew Lillard
Movie Length: 1 hour 49 minutes

What it’s about: Blumhouse brings us the premiere horror movie of the year based on the hit video game by the same name. Five Night At Freddy’s follows an overnight security guard at the infamous Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria desperately trying to provide care for his young sister while haunted by the memory of his younger brother’s disappearance when they were children. Alone amongst his thoughts he’s thrust into even more vivid memories of the incident that changed his life forever while also trying to sort out the supernatural events happening at the pizzeria. Could it all be related? 

What Corey thought: When I heard Blumhouse was making a Five Nights At Freddy’s movie I had to laugh. This kind of thing has been attempted and failed so often that it just seemed nonsensical to me. Sure there have been a couple movie companies who have pulled off the video game to movie crossover but it’s far and few between. Fast forward to this past weekend and it’s breaking all kinds of money at the box office and fans of that little twisted video game seem to be coming out in droves. Even releasing on Peacock the same day as theaters didn’t seem to slow it down where it’s churned up over 130 Million worldwide since opening day! The second biggest ever opening for a video game adaption just behind The Super Mario Brothers Movie. That’s pretty impressive. 

Like casual horror viewers and fans of the source material itself I thought the movie was entertaining in the least. The setting, music and special effects were great. As if they were pulled directly from the game. Josh Hutchinson and Piper Rubio had great chemistry as siblings which helped add that bit of realism to the movie. The plot was also believable and they did a good job of weaving together everything that was going on in the pizzeria with all the drama unfolding outside of it. The flashback memories and dreams added another layer of creepiness and anxiety to the film. Especially as we move towards the twist conclusion. Mathew Lillard, as always, makes every appearance fun and he played his role perfectly. Elizabeth Lail was also a nice little surprise addition to the film and her role was kinda crucial to the plot that was developed. Of course, she’s also easy on the eyes which doesn’t hurt and the little bit of chemistry between her and Josh Hutcherson felt genuine as well. Overall, I know the critics knocked this film but it’s about as good as you could expect given the source material and I think the cast and production crew really did a good job of making this a fun and accessible horror movie for a PG-13 audience. There are much worse films you could have seen this Halloween season. Trust me! I’ve probably seen them. Plus, as I mentioned earlier. You can watch this from the comfort of your own home right now with the family on Peacock! 

My rating 7/10 – Good!

Five Night At Freddy’s is now in theaters and streaming on Peacock.

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Corey Newell
Corey Newell
“Just a guy who loves comics, movies and stuff” ⁃ Independent blogger, dad, dork, comic nerd and pop culture lover hailing from Spencerport, NY

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