Do you remember that movie when you were a kid that you sneaked a peek at, even though your parents told you that you couldn’t watch it? For a new generation that movie is going to be Five Nights at Freddy’s. It’s coming to theaters for Halloween, but it’s also going to stream on Peacock. So even though it has an R rating, fans of the video games, or the manga or children’s books, or all of the above, are going to want to watch it. The studio is being clear upfront the movie is not aimed at its younger fans, leaning into the story’s “blood-chilling” and “terrifying horror,” but it’s still going to have plenty of cross-appeal. Sure, those animatronic characters look a lot like the movie version of Howard the Duck, but this is going to be a big win for Blumhouse.
You’ve probably run across some of the thousands of fans young and old cosplaying characters from Five Nights at Freddy’s. After years in development, Blumhouse (who brought us wins with M3GAN, The Black Phone, and the Halloween and Happy Death Day films) is the house bringing the Showbiz Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese-inspired story to its first major live-action format.
Check out this second big trailer for Five Nights at Freddy’s:
The film follows a troubled security guard as he begins working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. He quickly learns this is no normal job, especially when his little girl may become a permanent feature there. The key animatronic characters will be created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
The movie stars Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Elizabeth Lail (Mack & Rita), Piper Rubio (Unstable), Kat Conner Sterling (We Have a Ghost), but the movie cred comes from more familiar genre faces Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny & Joon, Some Kind of Wonderful) and Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo, Scream, The Bridge). Five Nights at Freddy’s is written and directed by Emma Tammi (The Wind, Blood Moon) with co-writers Scott Cawthon and Seth Cuddeback.
Just in time for Halloween, look for Five Nights at Freddy’s in theaters and streaming on Peacock October 27, 2023.
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