When spooky season rolls around this year, a new nightmare is set to haunt theatres and the Peacock streaming service. The live-action movie adaptation of Five Nights at Freddy’s has dropped its full-length trailer, teasing plenty of scares to come with a good look at the creepy characters of Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and Mr. Cupcake.
Just like the games, it tells an animatronic horror story about possessed mascots at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson plays a security guard who takes a job at the pizzeria and is struggling to grapple with this reality. Unfortunately for him, he’s also stuck in an enclosed space where these hostile mascots are out for blood.
Five Nights at Freddy’s is directed by Emma Tammi (The Wind, Into the Dark), with Blumhouse – the outfit behind recent horror titles like The Black Phone and M3gan – producing. Matthew Lillard stars opposite Hutcherson in a lead role, joining a supporting cast of Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Kat Conner Sterling, and Mary Stuart Masterson.
The road to production has been long in the works. Since its initial announcement in 2015, the project has hit several bumps along the way, including a termination at Warner Bros and New Line Cinema (before Blumhouse acquired the rights in 2017), and a change in director. It’s now slated for release on 27 October, and will be available both in theatres and streaming on Peacock.
The first game in the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise was released in 2014, and makes up one of the nine entries in the main series that takes place in locations connected to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. In most titles, the player, assuming the role of a night-time employee, must utilise tools such as security cameras, lights, doors, and vents to defend themselves against hostile animatronic characters.