Five Nights at Freddy’s

Years since the mysterious disappearance of his own younger brother, Mike (Josh Hutcherson) is hired on as the night watch security guard at the now defunct Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. Fresh on the job, strange happenings and visions set Mike on edge, now it’s only a matter of time before the true horror of Freddy’s past reveals itself with a cacophonous finish. Written by Scott Cawthon, Seth Cuddeback, and Emma Tammi and Directed by Tammi this video game to film adaptation aims to translate much of the game to a somewhat cogent but remarkably tame “horror” tale. In fact, the end result is a film that’s devoid of any major jump scares, something the game is actually big on, and, noticeably blood and gore-less as most depictions of actual violence are performed off screen. For hardened horror and film buffs, this is the equivalent of getting It’s a Small World when you were hoping for the cheap thrills of The Haunted Mansion. Plus, with a runtime of 110 minutes, the overstayed welcome is noticeable around 60 minutes in. The one redeeming quality, animatronics (think Chuck E. Cheese or ShowBiz Pizza Place) by Jim Henson Studios are well crafted and fun to watch, the rest of the lot, meh, save your milk money for something with more firepower. Five Nights at Freddy’s is rated PG-13.