The Only Five Nights at Freddy's Scene That Was Just Too Campy For Final Cut

The Only Five Nights at Freddy's Scene That Was Just Too Campy For Final Cut
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But the real horror, kids, is watching eerie killer animatronics being goofy.


  • Five Nights at Freddy's movie adaptation has largely received positive feedback from fans
  • Still, there are some complaints, one of them revolving around the movie not utilizing its horror aspect enough
  • One particular scene has ruined the immersion for many fans, even though the reasons for including it in the movie are understandable

It can be a challenging task to scare someone who watched hundreds of FNAF letsplays on YouTube by a horror movie, but Peacock accepted the challenge and pretty much nailed it gracefully... except when it didn't.

Five Nights at Freddy's has taken the world by storm long before the Peacock movie hit the screens. The original video game tells the story of an abandoned not-too-family-friendly pizza place that is haunted by killer animatronics who don't shy away from brutally killing anyone who dares to encounter them.

The movie did a good job of bringing that atmosphere to the screens. However, fans still had some constructive criticism to offer — particularly when it came to one certain scene.

What's Wrong With the Table Fort Scene in FNAF?

Yes, it's the infamous table fort scene we're talking about. In the middle of the movie, when Josh Hutcherson's Mike has to take Abby to work with him, the girl befriends the killer animatronics — and it turns out they are but a group of ghost kids who just want to have some fun.

This is why Abby, Mike, and his cop friend Vanessa decide to build a table fort with the killer robots. You know, just to entertain the killer robots that slaughtered a group of people (evil people, but still) just yesterday.

The fandom is still divided on the scene. On the one hand, it perfectly illustrates that the killer animatronics are just kids who still want to hold on to their innocence. On the other hand, the scene looked extremely cringeworthy. Like, they were trying to stuff Abby into an animatronic costume, too!

"I was cringing at the table fort scene when watching the film in theatres despite it making me laugh but, looking back on it, it was a fun to see our favourite animatronics be giant goofballs despite this being a tactic to lure Abby in," Redditor RebeccaGoneRogue noted.

However, even though the scene did seem campy to many people, fans understand why it was included in the movie.

"You lose the real tragedy of the missing kids if you only focus on them as vengeful killer robots. By giving them a moment of levity where they play with Abby, it serves as a reminder that they were once just like her, but their lives, their innocence, was stolen," Redditor FazbearADULTEntBS said.

The general agreement is that Five Nights at Freddy's movie was pretty good, and the sequel, if it ever gets greenlit, can be even better if the creators take the feedback from fans into consideration.

Currently, Five Nights at Freddy's enjoys the title of Peacock's most streamed event, and its box office is also pretty impressive. Despite dropping 76%, it still holds No. 1 spot with a whopping $215 million worldwide to date.