The first full-length trailer for Universal Studios and  Jason Blum’s live-action adaptation for the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy’s film has been released. Previously, only a teaser and some posters had been released after a lengthy development process so the trailer drop was an unexpected, yet pleasant surprise. Well, as pleasant as a movie about a rotting pizzeria filled with killer animatronics can be. 

The titular first game in the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise was released in 2014 and followed a night security guard who takes a job at the defunct Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, only to learn that the animatronic animals become hostile at night.

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While there have been many, many games to follow, the latest trailer leads me to believe this is the plot the movie will be focusing on. The movie even appears to be set in the same time period as the first game, sometime in the 1990s based on the landline usage and fashion within the trailer. 

Fans of the horror franchise were also immensely pleased to hear that Matthew Lillard was cast in the role of “Phone Guy” and this trailer gives us a slightly longer look at his appearance. I guess we are just lucky the pizzeria doesn’t have the words spooky, haunted, forbidden or creepy in the name.

Five Nights at Freddy’s will star Josh Hutcherson alongside a supporting cast of Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Kat Conner Sterling and Mary Stuart Masterson, some of whom can be spotted in the trailer. No news yet as to whether or not any of the Youtubers who popularized the game will have roles or cameos in the movie, but I hope we will be able to spot them somewhere at release.

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Finally, we were given a much better feel for the tone of the movie. The initial teaser released made the movie seem like it would be an overly serious affair, but the new trailer gives us peeks at the dry humor that fans of the games are used to. 

Five Nights at Freddy’s clocks into theaters and starts streaming on Peacock on October 27, 2023. Check out the official movie trailer below. 


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