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Richland Chronicle 2/20/24
Richland Chronicle 2/20/24

‘Freddy’s’ is an unappealing misfire

“Five Nights at Freddy’s” may appeal to some kids and the younger set, but I am not one of those people.  The entire premise did not really entice me in any form or fashion.  It’s just a mishmash of mean-spirited antics and shenanigans.

Josh Hutcherson, top, Piper Rubio star in “Five Nights at Freddy’s.” (Photos/IMDB)

Even with the appealing Josh Hutcherson of the “Hunger Games” franchise, this misfire has no appeal to me whatsoever.  Even the appearance of Mary Stuart Masterson as an evil aunt character throws nothing satisfying into the mix.  That’s quite a turnaround for the sweethearts Masterson played earlier in her career in “Benny & Joon” (1993) and “Some Kind of Wonderful” (1987).

The “Freddy’s” supporting players, which are animatronic robots, are vile and not appealing in the very least.  In fact, they’re disgusting.  I wouldn’t have any of them over for lunch or dinner, or even a Snacky Cake, ala “South Park.”

This is actually based on a video game of the same title.  It makes me think of “Look Who’s Talking” of 1989.  The masses and the general public loved it to death, but not this critic, who hated that baby-talking John Travolta, Bruce Willis tale to no end.

“Five Nights at Freddy’s” is labeled as a horror-mystery-thriller, but it has too much comedy and too many shenanigans to make it a horror film for me.  This might appeal to the general public, but I am not one of them.  It’s mean-spirited and horrid, which I don’t like at all.

The part I did like is that that Mike (Hutcherson) takes care of his sister Abby (Piper Rubio), who does things on her own.  To me, this movie contains shades of Nicolas Cage’s “Willy’s Wonderland” two years ago.  That one had malevolent animatronic characters in it as well.

I disliked “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” but I didn’t hate it.  It’s disgusting and loathsome as well.

Grade: C-

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