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FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S Parents Guide Movie Review

Five Nights at Freddy’s is a faithful adaptation of the popular video game franchise. Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.

Five Nights At Freddy's Parents Guide

Five Nights at Freddy’s comes to theaters across the United States, as well as on the Peacock streaming service, with a release date of October 27, 2023. The list of cast includes Josh Hutcherson (Mike Schmidt), Matthew Lillard (Steve Lillard), Mary Stuart Masterson (Aunt Jane), Elizabeth Lail (Vanessa), and Piper Rubio (Abby Schmidt). The film is spearheaded by director Emma Tammi and Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, as well as written by franchise creator Scott Cawthon, Seth Cuddeback, and Emma Tammi and produced by Marc Mostman. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie Quotes

Five Nights At Freddy’s Parents Guide

In Five Nights At Freddy’s: The film follows a troubled security guard as he begins working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. While spending his first night on the job, he realizes the night shift at Freddy’s won’t be so easy to make it through.

Five Nights At Freddy's Parents Guide

Five Nights At Freddy’s Age Rating Parents Guide

Let’s take a look at what concerned parents need to know about the age ratings of the series before letting their younger children watch Netflix’s Five Nights at Freddy’s.

LanguageFive Nights at Freddy’s parent’s guide contains some strong language. Lookout words include a**, a**h*le, jerk, and hell.

Mature Content: The biggest lookout for parents in the film, other than the language, is the violence the movie contains. There are multiple jump scares and intense scenes that will scare many audience members. The theme of the film surrounds the kidnapping and murders of small children, so that could be disturbing to many viewers. The large animatronic mascots from Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza Place, including Freddy, Chica, Foxy, and Bonnie, are very creepy and will definitely frighten small children or even older kids. These robots haunt, chase, and even murder characters. Some of the violent scenes include attacking and biting off the faces of characters, biting characters in half, and more. Most of the actual violence is shown off camera or shown in the shadows, keeping direct, bloody, and gory shots out of view to keep the PG-13 rating. There is also stabbing and a mask with blades that is placed on characters heads.

Age Rating of the Movie Five Nights At Freddy’s: Universal Pictures Five Nights at Freddy’s movie rating has a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America – MPAA rating – for strong violent content, bloody images, and language, and the parental guidelines advisory recommends it for a mature audience, an older audience, an adult audience, young people, young adults, older children, and teens aged 13 years and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or a legal guardian (adult guardian) for this restricted PG-13 movie category is highly suggested for young children, young kids, and younger viewers under 13 years of age in this PG-13-rated motion picture for adult material. The minimum age recommendation is 13 years old.

Overall Thoughts

Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, or as fans of the horror game may called it FNAF movie, is a faithful adaptation of the popular video games franchise. It follows a night shift security guard named Mike Schmidt as he starts his new job at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a family entertainment center with animatronic mascots that come to life at night. Mike soon discovers that the animatronics are not as friendly as they seem, and he must find a way to survive the night.

The film is well-made with good production values, which is expected considering the scary game creator, Scott Cawthon, took part in the writing of the film. While the film isn’t quite as scary as the video game, which is probably due to its PG-13 rating, the animatronics in the movie are incredibly creepy, with their realistic movements and dead eyes. They are also very dangerous, and the movie does a good job of conveying the sense of threat that they pose.

However, Five Nights at Freddy’s does not rely on gore or many jump scares (not as many as the game), instead focusing on building suspense and creating a sense of dread with a very dark and atmospheric tone. The pizzeria is run-down and dilapidated, and the animatronics seem to move around in the shadows. This creates a sense of unease and tension for the viewer.

Instead of focusing on the robots and making it through five scary nights at the pizzeria, the FNAF movie chooses to focus on main character Mike, played by Josh Hutcherson, who is a likable character. Accompanied by a strong supporting cast, the performances in the film are strong and believable. The animatronics are well-designed and creepy, and the atmosphere of the movie is appropriately suspenseful.

As mentioned, Five Nights at Freddy’s film chooses to focus more on the story surrounding Mike and less on the actual terror that occurs at Freddy’s pizza, which may disappoint many viewers and, as a result, lacks the scariness of the robots, the stalking of the security cameras, and the overall intense suspense that the video game provides. There is also a scene (shown in the trailers) that reveals the robots being “friendly,” which actually hinders the fear of the animatronics in all the scenes following.

The movie has excellent sound design, with jump scares and creepy noises used to great effect. This helps keep the viewer on edge and constantly guessing what might happen next. Fans of the game will appreciate the camoes by some of their favorite FNAF YouTubers, iconic songs, and other nostalgia. Although some of the changes in the original storyline plot may not go over well with some of the most dedicated and hardcore fans.

Those not familiar with the Five Nights at Freddy’s video game and looking for a movie to watch in the horror genre may be disappointed that the film lacks much of the blood and gore. However, the storyline was intriguing enough to make it an enjoyable watch. Overall, the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is a good horror film that will appeal to fans of the video game franchise and movie fans in general. It is well-made, scary, and pretty faithful to the source material.

Five Nights At Freddy's Parents Guide