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“Five Nights at Freddy’s” is Frightfully Fantastic

In a sea of bad movie adaptations, this one stands out
Photo Universal Pictures
The official “Five Nights at Freddy’s” poster.

“Five Nights at Freddy’s” is a horror game franchise that has been around for nearly a decade and has recently been adapted into a horror movie.

The movie’s main character, Mike Schmidt (Josh Hutcherson), is looking for a job in order to maintain custody over his little sister Abby Schmidt (Piper Rubio). Schmidt goes to an eccentric job counselor who offers him a mysterious job at a run-down children’s entertainment venue, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. While working there, strange things begin happening and he discovers that the animatronics featured at the facility are inhabited by the spirits of five murdered ghost children.

This movie is an homage to the oldest game in the series and personally, I found it to be reminiscent of playing the older games back when they came out. Not only does it feature iconic characters from the series, but it also expands on the game’s narrative, giving answers to many of the unanswered questions fans had about this game.

Overall, I found the movie to be rather faithful to the original games, however, that isn’t to say it is without fault. The animatronics in the movie come off as toned down and weren’t really scary to me. For example, they spend a whole scene building a pillow fort with the main characters which definitely comes off as cheesy. It also feels somewhat poorly paced. We find out everything much too fast and there is little payoff for the big dramatic reveals.

But back to things the film did well, the villain, William Afton (Mathew Lillard), comes off as menacing and bloodthirsty and the entire story does give a very disturbing energy. I think the sound and music aspects were done well; the haunting sound of children chanting in the background adds great atmosphere and foreshadowing.

This movie had me leaving the theatre with the same feeling that I got from the games. It’s nostalgic, spooky and funny and is a perfect movie for those who aren’t too into horror but who still want something scary to watch.

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Malia Rodriguez
Malia Rodriguez, Senior Staff Writer
Maila Rodriguez is a sophomore at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. When writing, Rodriguez tends to lean towards Opinion and A&E stories, where she infuses her distinctive perspective and voice on a variety of topics. "[I like] writing opinion stories and A&E stories; [last year,] I even won an award for my review "M3gan" was Mediocre," Rodeiguez said. Aside from using her pen and paper, she loves to socialize with her friends and practice her editing skills on Adobe Photoshop in class. Rodriguez is also very involved at Robinson as a member of multiple clubs including Marine Biology, Photography and Model U.N. Outside of Robinson, she partakes in ballet for Kari and DiMarco South Dance. When Rodriguez isn't writing or practicing ballet, you can find her listening to her favorite artists such as Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray while crocheting or painting. Her paintings tend to be still life watercolors and you will often see her drawing inspiration from her surroundings. "I'll usually paint what I see around me so like right now I've been painting my cat," Rodriguez said. In the future, Rodriguez has not decided what she wants to pursue yet, but plans on making a positive impact on the world by helping others in her future field of profession. "I want to do something that helps a lot of people like something with a charity organization or I want to be like a lawyer in the future," Rodriguez said. "I want to especially help people who are less privileged, and you know, can't afford to help you."
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