By Sarah Rafael-Eagle Staff Writer
From releasing its first game back in August 2014 to now releasing its new movie in theaters, "Five Nights at Freddy's" is sure to scare the wits out of you. The film stars Josh Hutcherson ("The Hunger Games"), Elizabeth Lail ("You"), and Matthew Lillard ("Scream"). It is produced by Blumhouse and directed by Emma Tami; it had been in the works since February of 2023.
The movie is based on the Five Nights at Freddy's Game. It is about a man named Mike that is struggling to maintain a job and gets offered a job to work as a security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria which has been abandoned for years. The only thing he has to do is keep an eye on the place and the animatronics that have been left in place. After a few days he soon realizes that the animatronics come alive and are not the friendliest. He has to find a way to stop them and survive from 12AM to 6PM.
The development of the film began back in 2015 with Warner Bros pictures. Due to many delays they decided to drop the production, but it was then picked up by Blumhouse productions in March of 2017. Chris Columbus was supposed to be director of the movie, but was replaced by Emma Tami. Filming began back in February with a budget of $25 million and finished in April.
"Five Nights at Freddy's" opening night brought in over $40 million - a profit but hardly a raging financial success. Unfortunately, it's not done much better with the critics. The movie only has a rating of 27% on the film critic website Rotten Tomatoes; a lot of critics have said that the movie is confusing because the video game has a different plot from the movie which makes it hard to follow. Others say that the movie is good overall, but more like a film for kids or those that just want to test their jumpscare limit.
"Five Nights at Freddy's" is for those looking for a fright, but beware when entering the lion's den (or bear's lair) - it's a little scary in there.