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I don’t care what critics say – I enjoyed the new Five Nights at Freddy’s movie.
I grew up watching horror playthroughs. One of the first games I ever watched someone else play on YouTube was Telltale’s The Walking Dead. The video game later got me interested in watching the TV show, The Walking Dead until its emotional finale. But from that first playthrough, I started to become fascinated with horror games, and as my love for horror movies and TV shows grew, so did my obsession with horror games and the playthroughs that would come from YouTubers.Regardless, Five Nights at Freddy’s was one of those games that I watched many YouTubers play. And I wound up playing it on several occasions, from the first to the 2021 release of Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach (as buggy as it was). And when I found out there would be a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, I freaked out.
I kept up with every FNAF trailer and every update, and when it was finally released, I went out to see it. And yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will explain my reaction– and why it’s alright that critics might not have liked it. Although for me, it was perfect.
Everyone says they’re back in their Josh Hutcherson-loving era, but I never left it. I’ve been there since The Hunger Games movies and will always love this man. But him in horror movies is a version that I didn’t expect to love so much.
I didn’t think I’d end up loving him in this film as much as I did, but he genuinely did stand out. From the opening scenes, to his dream sequences to the final moments, he was a fantastic lead star in this film and carried the Five Nights at Freddy’s cast, and I would fully watch another movie that included him in it.
It was also great that this was one of his first movies on the big screen in a while, and the film itself had a great box office opening weekend, so we’ll be seeing a lot more of Hutcherson.
Is the story messy? Maybe a little ,because it’s not really explained for people who need help understanding the games. But for me, as someone who has played all the fun and watched so many lore videos on this franchise, this story lines up with what you would expect.
I remember how often we would get updates regarding this film that it was made for the fans, and I see that entirely with how everything was staged in this story. I knew everything was coming – and maybe that’s why I enjoyed the narrative more than others, hence why I do think this film was made purely for fans of the franchise.
It can be a bad thing, too. It’s a big reason why several critics weren’t big fans of the film: because the plot was all over the place. For franchise fans, however, we understood it all too well.
In my mind, one of the main issues many people had with Five Nights at Freddy’s was that it lacked the security camera jumpscares that made the original games so famous.
And so what? Seriously, so, freaking, what?
Who wants to stare at a movie screen for an hour and a half and wait to be scared? Think of the best horror movies of all time – Halloween, Hereditary, Aliens, etc. – all of those have slow-building plots that evolve into an eventful climax full of scares. And I think many people believed that Josh Hutcherson’s character, Mike, would just be staring at a security screen for the whole hour and a half of the movie for an animatronic to pop up.
This isn’t a video game. There are plenty of fantastic horror games that can become movies or TV shows, but they are always adapted in a different way that fits what the franchise is about. And the way they adapted FNAF works for me.
While I think there could have been more jumpscares overall, there were still plenty to enjoy in the Five Nights movie – and most were done well.
I’m not even a massive fan of jumpscares. Even as someone who does love FNAF, I’ll even admit I find them cheap hits of thrill. But from the ones that were in the movie, I had a good time – especially anything involving that damn cupcake.
I knew going into this that the kills wouldn’t be intense. Another PG-13 horror movie released in 2023 was the film M3GAN, which didn’t impress me, and one of my biggest complaints was that it didn’t feel gory enough.
But I think for Five Nights at Freddy’s, the PG-13 rating worked because the franchise is catered more towards children. And while they enjoy horror, I’m not sure how many parents would let their kids see an FNAF movie with A Nightmare on Elm Street-gore level, where it could compete with Freddy Krueger’s kills.
Honestly, I enjoyed the kills that were there – and the amount of blood. It fits the vibe of the movie and the game – which, truthfully, aren’t that bloody at all.
Was that the bite of 87????
The easter eggs in this movie for fans to enjoy were just great. The references, the character names – heck, even somewhere, including Vanessa, a character from FNAF: Security Breach – as one of the side characters in this, was a standout moment for me. The amount of dedication from hardcore fans was there.
Also, yes, I laughed super hard when I saw MatPat from Game Theory in the movie, the theory master of FNAF himself. I think my whole theater screamed.
The biggest thing about the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie was that this film was not made for a general audience. This film was made for fans, by fans. They’re people who wanted to please a fandom as intense as the FNAF one.
I can understand why critics don’t enjoy this film. Some might not get the lore or the idea behind the franchise or even all the easter eggs that come with it. But people like me? We get it. We understand it and more. And when there will be a Five Nights at Freddy’s sequel – because trust me, there will be – fans will see that too.
I don’t know if that movie will cater more towards a general audience instead of this one, but I’ll still be there to enjoy it – and see William Afton come back again and again, even if the lore of the games was all over the place in this movie.
What did you think of Five Nights at Freddy’s? That audience vs. critics score is something else, and there’s a divide between what people like and dislike about this film. Regardless, I think it’s time to shift gears into the next horror movie – it’s time to check out all the upcoming horror movies coming out so I can get even spookier.
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I’ve been with my husband for 7 years now. We live a very happy and fulfilling life, but sex is just meh.
We talk at length about it, he is very open and willing to learn and improve and he really makes an effort, but still, sex is just okay.
I had come to terms with this. I know a relationship is much more than just sex and he is perfect in everything else, but lately I can’t help but feel disappointed every time we have sex. He on the other hand is very content with our sex life.
I’m at a loss. I would never leave him for this reason but I also don’t want the rest of my life to be this way. What do I do?[ad_2]
Warning: Spoilers for The Wheel of Time season 2
Based on what’s on the horizon, several more exciting team-ups should be expected for The Wheel of Time season 3. Though season 1 started out with a full bunch, it didn’t take long for the show to create branching storylines, allowing smaller groups of characters to experience thier own adventures in The Wheel of Time’s world. And while season 2’s ending reunited the full group, another split should occur when the show returns.
As evidenced by the stories offered in the show’s first two seasons, Prime Video’s adaptation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time books is likely to split up its cast again, forcing its protagonists to form all-new dynamics. Season 2 went in the same direction, teaming up Mat with Min, Elayne with Nynaeve, Perrin with Aviendha, and more. Since season 3 is set to adapt the fourth book in the series, The Shadow Rising, all signs point to its events being the blueprint for what comes next for Rand and company. Similar to how the first two books set the course for seasons 1 and 2, The Shadow Rising helps paint a picture of what character pairings will make their way to the small screen inWheel of Time season 3.
In The Wheel of Time season 2 finale, Rand had a lackluster face-off with High Lord Turak, all because the series had yet to make the former into a skilled swordsman. This is on account of the show’s decision not to let Rand train with Lan. But while seasons 1 and 2 didn’t allow room for their sword-fighting lessons, there should be time for it in season 3, assuming Lan accompanies Rand and the others to the Aiel Waste. In the books, Rand spends more time training with Lan during this time, making this the show’s best chance of turning Rand into a true Blademaster.
Thom, who hasn’t appeared since season 1, should be back for season 3. In The Shadow Rising, the gleeman resurfaces in the storyline given to Nynaeve and Elayne. In the book, Thom helped the pair find the Black Ajah in Tanchico. Neither has a reason to go there as of yet, but the exposure of the Black Ajah in season 2 and Liandrin’s betrayal could be what puts that move in motion. If so, this could be the perfect opportunity for Thom Merrilin to become relevant again.
Rand hasn’t met Aviendha yet, but that should change in The Wheel of Time season 3. After all, she identified him as the Car’a’carn from the Aiel prophecies in the season 2 finale. In the books, the Aiel crossing paths with Rand is the foundation for The Shadow Rising’s main story, which involves Rand adventuring across the Aiel Waste. During this time, he develops some romantic tension with Aviendha, who becomes one of three main love interests for the character in The Wheel of Time novels.
One of the biggest Wheel of Time characters yet to appear in the series is Faile Bashere, Perrin’s main love interest. Perrin, who lost his wife to the Trollocs in the season 1 premiere, may not be interested in romance right now, but if his next arc follows the trajectory of the books, he should meet up with Faile – a runaway noblewoman – who joins him on his travels and becomes a permanent fixture of his Wheel of Time story. The two bicker constantly, but wind up falling in love as time passes.
Another surprising team-up to watch out for in The Wheel of Time is the one that Perrin shares with Alanna Mosvani and Verin Mathwin. In The Shadow Rising, Perrin heads back to the Two Rivers to save his friends and family and has a rendezvous with the two Aes Sedai, who are in the village to look for young girls capable of becoming novices. Since both betrayed the White Tower by helping Moiraine in season 2, it’s possible that they’ll be on the run together in season 3, which could pave the way for them to help Perrin fight off the Trollocs and Whitecloaks.
In addition to Thom’s return, Nynaeve and Elayne’s story in The Wheel of Time season 3 should facilitate the live-action debut of Juilin Sandar, a major supporting character in Jordan’s novels. Introduced as a thief-catcher (bounty hunter) in the third book, Juilin is a frequent traveling companion to the girls, Thom, and Mat in the source material. In The Shadow Rising, Juilin uses his talents as a thief-catcher to help them fight the Black Ajah in Tanchico. In the books, this happens in the aftermath of the fight at Tear (where Juilin is from), but since the show may not be adapting this book, it may find a way to work Juilin into the story that doesn’t involve Tear.
The Wheel of Time season 2 set up a few unlikely alliances when Lanfear helped Rand escape and defeated Siuan Sanche. Because of all that happened in Cairhien, it won’t be easy for Siuan to hide the fact that she knew about the Dragon’s return. What that means is that Siuan like her book counterpart, could be overthrown and stilled by the Aes Sedai. In The Shadow Rising, this culminates in Siuan being rescued by Min. Since neither character fits into Rand’s journey into the Aiel Waste, it makes sense for The Wheel of Time season 3, to make this Siuan’s next story after she gets removed from power.
Logain could be along for this ride as well. In the books, Logain was offered an opportunity to get revenge on the Aes Sedai by the very person responsible for the loss of his powers. At the end of The Shadow Rising, Logain agreed to join forces with Siuan, prompting the two to travel together in the following book, The Fires of Heaven. But even though this is technically a book 5 story, it could happen sooner rather than later, considering that the show is so close to Siuan’s downfall. Since the series seems to be intent on elevating Logain’s role, this would be a good way to keep the character relevant.
Rand and Mat had a lot of screentime together in season 1, but didn’t run into each other in season 2 until the story was almost over. Their friendship should be of greater importance to season 3 since Mat goes with Rand to the Aiel Waste in The Shadow Rising. Of course, the books could opt to give Mat his book 3 story instead by sending him off to Caemlyn. If not, though, Mat should be on hand for the next chapter of Rand’s story. Since he was apparently a Hero of the Horn in his other lives, Mat – like the book character – should have access to knowledge that will be helpful to Rand in the future.
Similarly, Rand and Egwene barely interacted in season 2 due to being on separate paths. In The Shadow Rising, Egwene joins the trip to the Aiel Waste to learn about Dreamwalking. She doesn’t have this motivation yet in the show, but giving her a reason to go makes sense, as time with Rand is needed in order for both characters to move on from their relationship. In the books, Rand and Egwene come to the mutual realization that the two aren’t right for each other, opening the door for them to begin new romances.
It’s not just the heroes who will be teaming up in season 3. The Shadow Rising saw Dain Bornhald and the Whitecloaks work with Padan Fain when occupying the Two Rivers. Since Padan Fain survived the battle at Falme and Dain witnessed Perrin killing his father, the show has the setup it needs to pair them up and send them to the Two Rivers. With that in mind, Dain Bornhald and Padan Fain should be the main villains of Perrin’s The Wheel of Time season 3 arc. Their alliance shouldn’t last though, since it’s only a matter of time before Dain discovers that Fain is a Darkfriend in disguise.
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R-rated movies don’t typically perform well at the box office, and some of the best were complete bombs. Many of the highest-grossing films ever made are light-hearted, family-friendly movies like Pixar films or Barbie as a recent example. These stories appeal to widespread audiences and transform the movie-going experience into a fun event for all ages. R-rated movies tend to have a more limited appeal, as the films touch on darker, more mature subject material. Regardless of their commercial success, many R-rated movies have been regarded as great films, earning critical acclaim and Award success.
With Oppenheimer and Joker being key examples, some of the highest-grossing R-rated movies ever are excellent films, but these are rare standouts. Typically, a film has to make roughly 2.5x its budget to break even, and only two of the 100 highest-grossing films ever are R-rated. However, there are other avenues for films to be considered successful than just their box office. Many great R-rated movies are considered cult classics and have earned recognition in their subsequent DVD or streaming releases, allowing them to find the viewership they deserve.
The 1980s were a fantastic era for science fiction fans, with great films like The Empire Strikes Back, Back to the Future, and The Terminator releasing almost every year. The Thing deserves to be considered among those films, with John Carpenter bringing his monster/horror movie prowess to the genre to make a unique and thrilling sci-fi experience. Unfortunately, the film flopped due to competition with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial which explored similar ideas about alien visitation from a more optimistic perspective. The Thing did not have the positive vibes to impress the summer of ’82, but it lives on as a celebrated cult classic.
While the original Blade Runner wasn’t a huge box-office hit, the 2017 sequel is considered a major bomb compared to its massive budget. Regardless, both films are considered some of the best sci-fi movies of all time. Blade Runner 2049 has earned a cult following since its release and is heavily praised for its vibrant visuals and portrayal of the cyberpunk style. While sci-fi epics tend to perform well, the Blade Runner films are far slower and more melancholic than a franchise like Star Wars. 2049 is a deeply moving and important film, but it’s not the fun and adventure type of sci-fi that sells out theaters.
The Matrix Resurrections isn’t the best film in The Matrix saga, and it’s one of the lesser Keanu Reeves sequels. The film was met with divisive reviews off the bat and failed financially in comparison to its predecessors. Despite the poor reviews, The Matrix Resurrections is undeniably a visual spectacle and approaches the franchise from a refreshing perspective. The reason for its box office failure is due to the film’s release on HBO Max shortly after. The movie was primarily a streaming release and its box office run was also negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
David Lynch is one of the greatest filmmakers ever, and Mulholland Drive is his magnum opus of movies. Lynch’s projects have never been commercially successful, with his filmography making just over $120 million worldwide throughout his career. Mulholland Drive is a surrealist masterpiece of independent filmmaking, blending experimental ideas with mainstream elements of horror and mystery. The 2001 classic is incredibly dark, and the plot is incoherent at first glance, likely alienating many casual movie audiences. The low budget also resulted in a lack of public awareness of the film.
The Big Lebowski is a classic that has earned recognition over time, with Jeff Bridges’ The Dude being one of the most quotable movie characters ever. The Coen Brothers’ films have never been major box-office hits, but The Big Lebowski’s comedic premise could have had a similar appeal to films like The Hangover, but the film wasn’t marketed well. The original trailers were incoherent and messy, failing to capture the brilliance of what the movie is about. Also, the early critic reviews for The Big Lebowski were mixed, limiting the initial appeal. Despite its rough start, the film is considered one of the funniest movies ever.
Dazed and Confused is a ’90s teen movie cult classic with some stellar performances from would-be stars like Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey. The Richard Linklater film was made on a small budget, starring primarily unknown actors at the time, and wasn’t promoted heavily enough to have immediate financial success. Through decades of home video purchases, Dazed and Confused has probably made back that money, as it’s one of the best high-school movies of all time.
Blow Out is one of the less popular R-rated bombs, but it’s a great film that deserved more recognition at the time and deserves more recognition now. From the director who made Scarface, Mission: Impossible, and The Untouchables, Blow Out is Brian De Palma’s best film, telling a tense and thrilling crime mystery story with a shocking and powerful ending. Starring John Travolta, Blow Out’s box office disappointment is likely due to the cynical nature of the film and its commentary on the entertainment industry.
The Shawshank Redemption is considered one of the greatest films ever, but it flopped at the box office for multiple reasons. The 1994 classic was released the same year as all-time classics like Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump, and the film’s darker, bleak subject about prison life made it less appealing to general movie-goers. The Shawshank Redemption even lost the Best Picture Academy Award to Forrest Gump, which is still a debated topic among film fans. The movie’s confusing title, lack of female characters, and prison story gave it rough edges at first, but it still proved to be a critically acclaimed masterpiece.
Fight Club is one of the more surprising box office bombs in film history, as the film became so popular in the vernacular that it’s still quoted frequently over two decades later. The David Fincher classic originally received mixed reviews from critics and competed for box office success in a year that had The Phantom Menace and The Matrix. Fortunately, DVD releases and TV broadcasts allowed Fight Club to reach audiences, becoming one of the most well-known films of the era.
Babylon was a divisive film in 2022 and fell short of many of its initially anticipated award successes and commercial earnings. Babylon is a crazy mess about the film industry in the 1920s, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s fast-paced, visceral, beautifully choreographed and performed, and has a stunning film score that’s consistent with Damien Chazelle’s previous projects. Babylon feels like a strange mix of La La Land and Boogie Nights, but its long run time, poor critic reviews, and vague marketing kept viewers from catching the movie in theaters.
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