Five Nights at Freddy’s is based on the popular video game.
Five Nights at Freddy’s, the long-anticipated cinematic adaptation of the iconic horror game, has finally arrived on the big screen. While there was a pre-release buzz about this PG-13 movie pushing the limits, it doesn’t quite live up to that hype. I’ve seen more terrifying PG-13 films, such as this year’s “Boogeyman,” and “Five Nights at Freddy’s” feels barely mild in comparison.
One of the film’s standout features is the animatronic characters created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. They are undeniably fantastic in terms of design and craftsmanship, yet they don’t exude the same eerie atmosphere as their video game counterparts. Perhaps it’s the transition from digital to physical that takes away some of the creepiness.
Blumhouse, known for its inconsistent track record, has had its share of hits and misses. Unfortunately, “Five Nights at Freddy’s” doesn’t quite hit the mark. Recent disappointments like “The Exorcist: Believer” “M3GAN” and “Halloween Ends” have left a sour taste in the mouths of horror fans, and this film doesn’t do much to redeem the studio’s reputation.
One of the film’s major shortcomings is its slow pace.
It takes too long to immerse viewers in the iconic pizza joint, and most of the story unfolds outside. As a result, it feels like we’re barely inside Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, which is a letdown for fans of the game. The plot of “Five Nights at Freddy’s” is disappointingly predictable, and the script is weak. Important questions are left unanswered, and this lack of clarity hampers the overall viewing experience.
On the acting front, Josh Hutcherson delivers a performance that feels above the material he’s given. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Lail’s character is poorly written, making her performance come across as annoying. Despite its shortcomings, “Five Nights at Freddy’s” does have its moments. The animatronic creations are a visual delight, and some jump scares might give viewers a brief thrill. To younger audiences who grew up with the game or current players, this film may satisfy them as, at times, it does capture the true essence of the game.
I give Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out of 5 stars. It is a mixed bag for a much younger audience familiar with the games. While it offers some visually impressive moments and mild jump scares, it falls short in storytelling, pacing, and character development. This movie will be in theaters and on Peacock TV starting October 27th. Make sure to tune in to a new episode of the Moviegoers Society as we discuss this film and the Nicolas Cage movie Willy’s Wonderland.