Five Nights At Freddy’s came out just shy of a year ago, and it’s made Scott Cawthon a pile of money. Three sequels and a lot of convoluted mythology later, Hollywood has noticed Cawthon’s pile of money and is hoping to use his property to make themselves more.
Five Nights, if you don’t watch PewDiePie, has a fairly simple setup. You’re a security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s, a Chuck-E-Cheese-esque children’s entertainment emporium. It turns out the animatronics come to life after-hours; your job is to use the security system to keep them from killing you. There’s also a complicated backstory explaining the history of the animatronics, which may or may not be haunted by the ghosts of children murdered at Freddy Fazbear’s. Or they may be overly complex robots with simplistic AI. Or they may all be controlled by a bullied child in a coma.
Look, I told you the mythology was convoluted. At least it’s a better concept for a movie than Ouija, and Warner Brothers is putting some actual talent behind it in the form of Gil Kenan. He most recently delivered the solid if entirely unnecessary Poltergeist remake and made the cult classic Monster House, so if anybody can turn this into a horror movie worth watching, it’s him.
We just hope there’s practical effects instead of CGI. It can be done, and boy, is it ever creepy.