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FNAF movie set to disappoint

Nostalgia may make Five Nights at Freddy’s film a flop
CAN YOU SURVIVE? Five Nights at Freddys, based on a popular video game, will open in theaters on Oct. 27.
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CAN YOU SURVIVE? “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” based on a popular video game, will open in theaters on Oct. 27.

With October being a month full of frights and spooky themes, it only makes sense that a game known for its’ scary premise would have a movie adaptation released this month. “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” a game that lives rent free in the Generation Z’s childhood memories, has a movie recreation coming to theaters October 27, 2023. 

Being a large part of some childhoods, this movie is sure to evoke some feelings of nostalgia, but it also makes viewers question if that’ll be all it’s good for. 

“I think the movie might be a little bit disappointing, but it’s just like a nostalgia watch,” senior Dorcas Bawa said.  “And I definitely think it’ll be less scary than the game. Like when I was younger I had nightmares but I know it won’t scare me as bad now.”

Still, some students remain hopeful that the film will stay true to the franchise and all the lore it’s worked to develop over the years. 

“They’ve already had to rewrite this movie about four or five times which makes me think they’re not keeping to the lore, and that’s the exciting part of the games,” senior Aiden Hamilton said. “They’re definitely going to try and overuse nostalgia stacking to compensate for that but let’s hope it turns out well.” 

Low expectations seem to be the norm for many die hard fans of the franchise. Some are wondering how the movie itself will compare to all the hype it’s receiving. 

“My expectations are pretty low honestly,” junior Brianna Cianceruso said. “I think that they overdid themselves with the game and everyone is expecting it to be amazing. It’s going to look different and they’re probably going to make up a completely different story line.”

At the end of the day, everyone who watches the movie will have a different experience, but knowing the lore could help them understand some of the more obscure details. 

“I think they’ll have the game set in a different universe and the characters may have different symbolic meanings than they did in the games,” senior Jacob Player said. “I think being more aware of the lore will help people understand some of the big dramatic effects and how they’re connected to the series, but they’ll still have the same viewing experience either way.”

Editor’s Note: Over 50,000 people have viewed this story since posting on 10/23. Many of the readers have posted comments. It is the VOW policy to never post a comment with racial slurs, personal attacks or profanity. This article is a feature story presenting the opinions of several of our high school students, not the opinion of the writer. Make comments, have a conversation, talk about the movie you are excited about seeing. Come back and read the review whether you liked the movie or hated it. If your comment is missing from the thread, it was not verified via email from the website, it was a personal attack or it contained profanity. 
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    allison sNov 1, 2023 at 1:43 PM

    I’m not that much of a fnaf fan but my sister is, and we watched the movie on the 29th and it was pretty good! I know the lore isn’t as accurate as fans were expecting but it was a decent movie.

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    EliseOct 25, 2023 at 9:34 PM

    Honestly, i went to the fnaf movie and had high expectations. It didnt even feel like a fnaf movie, the story was so different that it didn’t even seem Lore accurate. The whole fnaf 4 lore has just been thrown out the window, the movie made absolutely zero sense whatsoever and everything seemed kinda poorly written. Disappointing for both a blumhouse fan and a fnaf fan.

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    SyltOct 25, 2023 at 12:07 PM

    I’m a fnaf fan that grew up being obsessed with fnaf, drawing fnaf, making fnaf in Minecraft, playing all the games. I am very excited to watch the movie but tbh I think I will be disappointed. The studio that makes the movie has good stuff but I’ve seen some bad stuff they’ve made too, and it makes me a little disappointed knowing it’s for a younger audience and not for us actual fnaf fans. Most of the communti has grown up and we want horror and scary, like it should be. Not being killed in the shadows and it not being a big deal. I wish it was gorey and brutal like the bite of 83 brutal and I think the younger audience ruins it for us. The younger audience is not actually very existing since we have grown up.

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    JoeOct 25, 2023 at 7:08 AM

    I think this article sucked and the movie will be awesome. Writers like this seem to want stuff to fail. To all the FNAF fans let’s enjoy this and hope for more.

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    DOct 25, 2023 at 3:12 AM

    Honestly love to see all the articles on the fnaf movie but seeing how many people are skeptical or only do articles on the skeptics for readers makes me extremly sad since this movie has been a long time coming and everyone spends too much time judging everything before even giving it a chance anymore scuing there perception and ultimately ends up making them dislike it just because they already wanna pick every little detail and complain a out it

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    RobinOct 25, 2023 at 1:34 AM

    To be honest, I will probably love the FNAF movie no matter how good or bad it is. It literally premieres on my birthday!

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      BenjaminOct 25, 2023 at 9:48 AM

      Nice! My birthday is on the 29th and I’ll definitely watch the movie when it releases

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    Caleb JacksonOct 24, 2023 at 10:35 PM

    If all people get from this is a nostalgia trip then that’s okay, Scott created something that had been a large part of a lot of people’s childhood, and this is suppose to be his last major project in the FNAF universe, so whether this movie is a top 10 or a bottom tier, it will still hold a special place in my, and many others, hearts

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    AlexDeLesOct 24, 2023 at 5:29 PM

    Honestly, even though I’m 13 the FNAF fandom itself has been a HUGE part of my life and I was really excited that they were making a movie, I do though think that since they rewrote it a few times then it could be MUCH better than the past versions. It definitely won’t be exactly the same as the full lore since the lore would take forever to explain to someone who’s never even heard of it, so it would be complicated to fit it all into one movie. Despite that I do expect the plot to be interesting from the trailer but we don’t know until the movie is out

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    AshOct 24, 2023 at 4:45 PM

    their literally going to have a love action scene of the spring lock scene AND the bite of 87, it’s also being made by blumhouse, the blumhouse like people think this gonna flop but I think it’s gonna be a banger, even Scott asked if some scenes should be in the movie, not only do we have those Mathew Lillard is playing in it.

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    Travis ScottOct 24, 2023 at 3:22 PM

    Maybe fnaf was the friends we made on the way

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      CynthiaOct 24, 2023 at 8:32 PM

      Now, let’s finish this…

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        ChristianOct 25, 2023 at 12:31 PM

        Finish the first movie ofc ‍

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    Caden ClarkOct 24, 2023 at 3:06 PM

    Well, it isn’t the first time the franchise has deviated with the lore. The books deviated a bit from the games, so I expect the movie to deviate, too. Also, all adaptations tend to deviate a lot from the source material. The Hungar Games, Harry Potter, World War Z, Lord of the Rings, War of the Worlds, all adaptations that change a lot of details, both big and small, depending on the film. That being said, I also have low expectations for the film, mostly because of the recent trends movies have recently had of being too soft with bad writing. However, Josh Hutcherson and Matthew Lillard give me some hope, as well as Scott Cawthon himself having a critical role with the script, which as far as I know was the main reason there were so many rewrites. I hope the film will be able to portray the gist of the story well, but I doubt it. A little hope never did any bad, though.

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    Deviyon cooperOct 24, 2023 at 2:45 PM

    I think it would be good even if it isn’t scary it will have a gut wrenching story you know why I know this because Scott cawthon has been working on the script for at least 6 to 7 years and also this isn’t going to be the whole entire story this is just going to follow The narrative of FNAF 1 I think

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    KHARV12345678910Oct 24, 2023 at 8:28 AM

    Nah. The fans arent expecting the movie to be a point for point match of the games. This must be one of those articles you can pay to say some stupid .

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    KaydenOct 24, 2023 at 6:39 AM

    FNAF fans like me are screwed up

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    RemiOct 24, 2023 at 1:18 AM

    I think it’ll be amazing but I also think they will use nostalgia to lure in people to watch the movie

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