The hype in the gaming community for Universal Studios and Jason Blum’s live-action adaptation of the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy’s film has been unreal. Today, we got the second full-length trailer, and it feels like a proper horror movie trailer, complete with flashing lights, intense music, a jumpscare and even a look at the big bad bunny himself, Springtrap. 

The trailer establishes the animatronics trapped within are a legitimate threat, taking down a group of miscreants who break in to vandalize the seemingly abandoned pizzeria. When the camera cuts back to the outside of the building, it is visibly much more rundown, though exactly how much has passed since the building closed is unclear. 

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We then hear Matthew Lillard’s character, Phone Guy, telling Josh Hutcherson that his new job will be a piece of cake. This is especially ironic, as in the previous scene, we just saw a man being killed by Chika’s cupcake. 

Everything within the pizzeria, from the equipment to the games, is an ’80s time capsule, but it is still hard to pinpoint exactly what year the movie takes place in from this trailer. It has been long enough that people in the town have stopped being worried about the immediate danger the building poses, but not so long that everyone has forgotten what happened.

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We hear the other security guard introduce the famous four and recount the strange child disappearances before we cut to the child spirits who inhabit the suits running in opposite directions, away from Josh Hutcherson’s character in the woods. 

A few franchise staples are missing from the trailer, such as the puppet/crying child, balloon boy and the Golden Freddy suit but we did get a look at the scooper in action on some poor, unlucky soul. Most importantly, we see the man behind it all, William Afton as Springtrap, stalking Josh Hutcherson’s character in the trailer’s closing moments. 

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This movie has been in development since 2015, and the fanbase of the games has grown exponentially in those years, so there is a lot of buzz around it. Between the existing fanbase and the directing power of the team behind M3GAN, this is set to be the biggest horror film of the Halloween release schedule. 

Think you could survive Five Nights at Freddy’s? Check out the new trailer below and comment on your strategy for taking down haunted animatronics. Five Nights at Freddy’s will be in theaters and streaming on Peacock on October 27, 2023. 

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