Five Nights at Freddy’s is a bona fide phenomenon. The first game hasn’t even been out for a year, yet it already has two sequels, with a fourth game, Five Night’s at Freddy’s 4: The Final Chapter, on the way this Halloween.
People are noticing, too. The indie horror series’ popularity caught the attention Warner Bros., who recently picked up the rights to a movie based on the franchise. The Warner Bros.-produced Five Night’s at Freddy’s film is still a ways off, but those fans who can’t wait to see the series spring to life in cinematic form can check out the recently released fan film from Typhoon Cinema and Deviant Pictures Films.
The short film features the character Springtrap killing the film’s protagonist. Fans of the franchise will surely enjoy the faithful animation, which looks incredibly similar to the games themselves.
This fan film shows just ingrained Five Night’s at Freddy’s has become into popular culture, and the franchise has become much more than just another indie horror game. Hopefully this short fan film will tide fans over until the feature length movie’s release; unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that Warner Bros.’ Five Night’s at Freddy’s film will ever see the light of day. Making movies takes time, and projects are optioned all the time. Very few of them get made. Additionally, the Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 is subtitled The Final Chapter. By the time WB gets around to producing a full-length movie, the game’s popularity may have waned too much to make the film financially viable.
In any case, we do know that Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 is coming this Halloween, so fans of the series have that to look forward to. The series’ lightning fast release schedule plays a large part in the franchise’s popularity, as fans are constantly engaged with Five Nights at Freddy’s, consuming one game after another.
Five Night’s at Freddy’s vague, eerie story has a lot to do with the games’ appeal, too. Fans have latched onto to the series’ minimalist storytelling, analyzing every clue while trying to figure out exactly what’s going on. The Five Night’s at Freddy community is home to a number of conspiracy theories: some fans believe that the entire series is all a dream, while others claim that the franchise is based on a real-world murder spree.
Players constantly speculate as to what the next game will be about, which is another way developer Scott Cawton keeps fans engaged between installments. The most recent rumors indicate that Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 covers may be a prequel to the first three games.
Thanks to the series’ popularity, Typhoon Cinema’s fan film will probably not be the last. In the meantime, fans should keep their fingers crossed that the Warner Bros. film adaptation gets off the ground, because if this short is any indication, Five Night’s at Freddy’s should translate perfectly to the silver screen movie.
Source: Typhoon Cinema