Having always found singing and dancing robots super creepy and with the impending AI apocalypse on the horizon there is no time like the present to make a film about murderous robots. Mechanical mayhem, music and the merengue, what’s not to like?
Set in a run-down and closed to the public pizza joint with the previously mentioned singing and dancing cyborgs featured as the main act, Five Nights At Freddy’s takes the first few reels to set the scene. Mike Schmidt (Josh Hutcherson) is haunted by dreams of the time his little brother was kidnapped and is raising his little sister Abby (Piper Rubio) by himself.
Consumed by those awful memories Mike seems unable to keep a job until he gets a gig as a security guard at this once prospering family entertainment centre. While doing what all staff do in the middle of the night, falling asleep on duty, his dreams become more vivid than ever and he makes a connection between this palace of pie and his brother’s disappearance.
After a few sleepless nights as a kid from being forced to watch the Country Bear Jamboree (thanks Disney), Five Nights goes easy on the gore and keeps the visual carnage to a minimum. It’s all done with a lighthearted approach which makes the film accessible to fans of the video game franchise regardless of age. But be warned creepy as is creepy still.