... And I might as well confess; I'm intrigued! I can't wait to see what MatPat has to say about all this.
So having seen that little piece of beautiful delicious Nightmare Fuel, I've been thinking; since a FNAF movie has been greenlight, how does one exactly go about making a movie about a security guard trapped in his own station while hounded by killer Chuck'E Cheese parody animatroncs?
The answer is rather pleasantly twisted >
This guy [who was the main character of the first game? What was his name? Mike Schmidt? I can't remember; we'll call him Mike from here on] He's apparently the guard of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a pizza parlor with these incredibly sophisticated yet honestly terrifying animatronics. He also has amnesia, as he can't remember ever getting inside the restaurant or even applying for a job there. But oh well, he's the guard so he might as well guard!
Only one problem, as our friend Mike discovers; the robots are loose, according to phone recording instructions left by the previous security guard, they have to be left functional at night so that their parts don't stiffen or whatever. Mike also learns he can't let the bots wander into his station or else they'll mistake him for a naked endoskeleton and try to stuff him into a animatronic suit, which will kill him.
Mike learns this the hard way on his first night. Of course the Phone Guy doesn't say exactly WHY not to let them wander into the office, so he gets careless... and then Freddy suddenly appears, then drags him into the back room and proceeds to do the dirty deed.
The scene that follows is... rather terrifying. Mike is screaming in both fear and agony as the robot mercilessly stuffs him into the suit. Oh the pain, oh, the Pain...
...And then he wakes up. Its the start of the first night again, and Mike is still alive. And the Animatroncs are still roaming free.
Terrified, Mike tries to escape the demented establishment, but is almost immediately caught and killed all over again, this time by Chicka.
...And then he wakes up again. So now Mike has a problem; he can't leave and the only safe place is his office, but he has to be careful because they can still catch and kill him there.
Meanwhile, as Mike learns the rules of this Pizza Parlor Hell, through the security cameras he notices something isn't right [besides the robots, of course] posters on the wall keep changing; the phone is an outdated [corded] model; and the only newspaper is dated 1989. But Mike is certain its at least the 2010s. Worse still, the newspaper and paper clippings mysteriously posted on the outer walls detail disappearances of four children and clear indications that some sicko stuffed them into the animatronic suits, and then no one apparently realized the robots had corpses in them, blah blah blah, you all know the story. Oh, yeah, and the phone recordings end with the Phone Guy getting murdered by a robot. Point is Mike realizes he might be being stalked by vengeful child zombies in robot suits, believing poor Mike to be their killer. But he's not... is he?
Also he's being psychologically menaced by a mysterious 'Golden Freddy' suit that just shows up limp in the office and sets him all the way back to the start of night 1.
All throughout the film Mike is trying to both survive and put the pieces together -basically its the indie horror film version of 'Groundhog Day'. Alas, no Bill Murray. And how does it end? technically, it doesn't. I'm not really sure HOW a film like this would or could end, but I'm fairly certain Mike survives the final [and bonus] night, and probably learns something we don't before the film ends and he never ACTUALLY makes it out of the parlor.
You want to know the better part? Its part of a series.
After this is FNAF2. Mike wakes up at the start of night 1 in the another restaurant, this time its few years EARLIER, with more robots, no doors to shut, and a frightening Marionette puppet added on top of everything. This time, however, the clues to what happened in the past are now delivered at the end of each night through 8-bit animations that appear on his monitor each time he completes a night.
Then he wakes up and a new shift begins. Oh, and Mike is no longer Mike, apparently his spirit is inhabiting the body of the previous security guard -the Phone Guy, and now listening to instructional cassette tapes from the manufacturer. Wash rinse repeat, and by the end Mike wakes up in what appears to be a dystopian Fazbear restaurant, doomed to complete yet another week alone with killer robots. He's not that much closer to solving the mystery or if he might be the killer, or the old phone guy might be the killer; the only clue he has is in the animations where this strange solid purple man is shown killing children.
...And then begins FNAF3. There are more psychological menaces here, mostly memories of previous rounds; but there's still one animatronic; Springtrap. And Mike still isn't Mike, now some new guard for 'Fazbear's Fright', some time closer to what he believes is the correct current year. So all throughout FNAF3 Mike is seemingly caught in a disturbing conclusive loop where he might be menaced by his future self. What's worse; dying at the hands of a zombie robot child murderer; or surviving the week knowing that's what you'll become? Mike must decide before the week is over, and all the while new 8-bit animations detail the horrible demise of the Purple Man. Oh yeah, and somewhere along the line we get shaky flashes of Mike's life outside the pizzaria. The film ends with Mike deciding to face his fears and fight the Springtrap, which ends with the pizzeria burning to the ground. Nothing is of course conclusive.
FNAF4 is probably the most twisted film, this time Mike -shocked to learn that trapping himself in the burning horror attraction didn't end the cycle [see? Like 'Groundhog Day', but without Bill Murray] now inhabits the body of a terrified child, now hounded in his own bedroom by nightmarish versions of the first animatronics with only a flashlight to keep them at bay. So by this point Mike is barely scraping by with what remains of his sanity, and this time the animations come to him in dreams between nights, now detailing the sad story of the child he inhabits. Its also in this movie that Mike is desperately trying to figure out if he is the child murderer, suffering a hell of his own making as cosmic punishment for his crimes. This is especially emulated by trying to catch the Plushtrap with his flashlight.
And this time... he wakes up in his own body, outside Fazbear's. He's free... or... is he?
And after all that?
FNAF-Sister Location. Mike is plagued night after night with visions of his nights as the helpless security guard and his friends are worried. Against his better wishes, they take him to investigate the burnt down remains of the establishment and discover a secret underground lab, where they are menaced and picked off one by one by unseen robots until only Mike is left, unable to leave his new underground prison. But now Mike has had enough. He's been menaced and tortured for who knows how long by these sideshow abominations, and now he's fighting back. For every robot he encounters, he savagely attacks them and destroys them. But are these new animatronics really so evil? Why were they never shown to the public? Why does the one only known as Baby keep trying to plead their innocence with Mike? And what lies beneath their ever-shifting faces? Who is the real monster now? Has Mike become the child murderer after all?
What lies beneath the face?
What lies beneath the Face?!
WHAT LIES BENEATH THE FACE?!!!
And thus a new quadrilogy begins. What fresh hell is this?
So that's how I'd do a FNAF film franchise; make it basically a better version of the Silent Hill movies but make the viewer feel just as helpless as Mike and yet desperate to solve the mystery that surrounds both Mike and the viewers.
And what is the answer?... I have no idea. maybe there is none.
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