Video games are interactive, which is one of the main reasons why it’s difficult to transition them to film. However, with a name as big as Five Nights at Freddy’s, it’s understandable why film studios would want a piece of that success. It appears that Universal leaped first, as a teaser for the upcoming horror film has just been released. Not many details have been released, but scenes are not shy about giving audiences a peek into the animatronics and some of the faces that will be attached to the project. Though whether it’s actually scary is a matter of debate.
The Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie
If there’s one thing that games and films have in common, it’s that they both perform well when it comes to horror, both good and bad. Five Nights at Freddy’s started as a simple flash game created by Scott Cawthon, and quickly spread across the internet like a wildfire. Now that the name has grown into a huge franchise, Universal has picked it up for a movie. The company has kicked off marketing for it by releasing a short teaser of around 47 seconds. It showcases notable elements from the game such as the animatronics, the security office, and an orientation about becoming the new night security guard.
The concept of Five Nights at Freddy’s is quite easy to break down. There is a family-friendly restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s known for its highly advanced animatronic band. However, due to supernatural influence, the animatronics have been possessed by murderous spirits that cause them to roam the restaurant at night. The only one that can keep them in check is the player character, who acts as the night security. By using power management and various cameras, they must observe the animatronics carefully and keep themselves secure in the office. The elements of a horror film are present, but the execution will be the real challenge.
Five Nights at Freddy’s is one of the most successful horror game series of the new century. There’s little surprise that it’s now being turned into a movie. Universal’s release of the teaser already has 6.6 million views at the time of writing, so it has definitely made an entrance. For more details, fans will simply have to keep a watchful eye.
Will Quick is a freelance media wizard living in Spain. When he’s not gaming or writing, he’s doodling comics or whatever else pops in his head.