Five Nights at Freddy’s made its first appearance on phone and tablet screens around the world back in 2014. Before long, the game became an online sensation. Countless YouTubers raked in millions of views by playing and reacting to the game. More importantly, FNaF served as a gateway to horror for a new generation of kids, much like Beetlejuice and Lost Boys did for previous generations. In 2015, fans started hearing rumors of a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie. Now, after years of false starts and setbacks, the movie is finally happening.
Universal teamed up with Blumhouse to bring the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie to life. Yesterday, the studio released the film’s first teaser trailer and release date. The long-awaited flick will hit theater screens and Peacock on October 27th. Check out the trailer below.
What We Know About the Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie
Honestly, we don’t know much about the plot of the film. However, the trailer shows that the movie will incorporate some classic Five Nights at Freddy’s game mechanics. We see flashlights, security cams, vents, and more in the short clip. Fans will be glad to know that FNaF creator Scott Cawthon makes up one-third of the writing team for the adaptation. He co-penned the screenplay with Seth Cuddeback and Emma Tammi who also directed the film. Cawthon also co-produced the film with Jason Blum, per Universal.
We know that, like the games, the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie will focus on new security guard Mike Schmidt’s first days on the job. Additionally, the inclusion of William Afton (Matthew Lillard) in the cast shows that the movie will dive into FNaF lore. However, the trailer shows a handful of kids that seemingly snuck into the restaurant and the IMDb lists a character called “Female Villain.” So, there may be some sort of subplot.
The movie isn’t rated yet, but Five Nights at Freddy’s has always had a young fanbase. As a result, I would be shocked if the movie was rated R. Honestly, this might be the one time I hope for a PG-13 rating on a horror film. The kids made the franchise what it is, they should be able to see it come to life on the big screen.