With more than 33 million units sold since its first game, released in 2014, it was only a matter of time before the game franchise Five Night at Freddy’s and his horror story also reached the cinema. And, after terrifying gamers and being a phenomenon on platforms like Twitch, the time has come to Five Nights at Freddy’s – The Neverending Nightmare bring the horror of evil animatronic dolls to an even wider audience.
Five Nights at Freddy’sor just FNAF, already has nine games, including spin-offs, a trilogy of books and thousands of fanarts and games made by fans, expanding its universe. In most of the titles, the action takes place in a pizzeria full of animatronic characters, who become hostile at nightfall. As a night watchman, you must survive and better understand what is causing the problems, through small clues you find throughout the scene.
The concept is actually very good. It takes that old idea of ”what would you do if you were alone in a mall” to a somewhat macabre limit, bringing a kind of deadly version of Toy Story. Keeping the appropriate proportions, it is as if the dolls in this diner — and, later, in other places that appear in the franchise — came to life just to torture and disturb those who still remain there.
What is Five Nights at Freddy’s about?
In games, this subersion of the invader toy that wakes up to kill the player is carried over into the way you interact with the hostile environment. As the idea is to recreate a diner or amusement park at night, the terrible lighting is a fundamental fact both to create the tension of the levels and also to support the gameplay. This is because the game consists of you advancing through the scenarios without being seen by the damn dolls.
As the idea is to survive until the end of the night and find out what is happening, the player must explore the entire place while staying out of sight of the animatronics. The problem is that they are always moving around areas and have impressive agility when chasing you. This brings from many moments of jump scare — that scare that comes suddenly and jumps in your face —, until the maintenance of that constant climate of despair.
Furthermore, FNAF it also uses the idea that the player is a security guard very well to always have him monitoring the spaces through security cameras. It’s something that opens up space to create approach strategies while taking advantage of all that lifeless aesthetics of monitors, making you feel even more cornered. For a horror game, it’s the perfect setting.
FNAF in theaters
Five Nights at Freddy’s – The Neverending Nightmare follows the spirit of the games well, revolving around Mike Schmidt, a young man who takes on the role of a night watchman at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a diner that also serves as an amusement park. He discovers that the characters, who are already a little scary during the day, come to life at night, killing anyone in the place.
This is a huge problem for Mike, as he has to stay at the pizzeria from midnight to 6 am, having to fight to survive and beat his card. During this time, he begins to discover secrets about the place and the reasons why the robots want revenge on everyone.
What is the cast of the film?
The cast of Five Nights at Freddy’s – The Neverending Nightmare features names known to horror and fantasy fans. Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games) plays vigilante Mike Schmidt, while being accompanied by Matthew Lillard (Panic), Piper Rubio (Unstable), Kat Conner Sterling (9-1-1), Elizabeth Lail (You) e Mary Stuart Masterston (Fried Green Tomatoes).
The adaptation is directed by Emma Tammi, from Haunted Land.
Does Five Nights at Freddy’s – The Neverending Nightmare already have a trailer?
The trailer for Five Nights at Freddy’s – The Neverending Nightmare was released by the production company Blumhouse, and you can watch it below, capturing the atmosphere of the film.
The adaptation of FNAF was announced in 2015, just a year after the release of the first game, but its development went through several obstacles. In addition to studio and team changes behind the film, demands from the franchise’s creator, Scott Cawthon, ended up delaying production even further.
Eventually, Cawthon was chosen to work on the script for the film himself, which will now finally hit theaters.
Five Nights at Freddy’s – The Neverending Nightmare premieres on October 26th.