There's no stopping it: There will be more Five Nights At Freddy's. The YouTube smash hit/nightmare factory is not only getting more sequels, but also a Hollywood movie adaptation. Of course, by the time the movie finally comes out, the internet's most hysteria-prone Swedish supermodels will already have moved onto the newest viral senstation. But for now, at least we have this animated short from Deviant Pictures.
It's strange to see something of this quality and fidelity that features FNaF. Up to this point, the rinky-dink production values have been part of the series' charm, adding to the creepy run-down childhood thematics. "Death Scene Springtrap - 2 Evil Eyes" plays out like an E3 trailer, or even an opening cinematic for a $60 game. The actual in-game Five Nights at Freddy's doesn't look anywhere near as good as this.
In the trilogy released so far, you're mostly stuck fiddling with different camera feeds as you try to stave off the dessicated cartoon spectre of death. But this short shows you what the murderous mascots do behind the scenes while you're busy putting around in menu screens, right before Freddy jumpscares the shit out of you in front of all three of your livestreaming viewers. A big-budget movie almost certainly won't be this effective, but maybe that's a good thing; 90 minutes of this would be... unbearable.
You might start noticing a trend as you rifle through the rest of these fan films; most of them are animated. This is thanks to a couple of major factors. The first relies on the fact that these fantastical character archetypes often look dopey even in multi-million dollar films -- if a green mask doesn't look cool on Ryan Reynolds in a $200 million Green Lantern movie, your average community college film project won't stand a chance.
The other big reason: Making a Mad-Maxian Batman roll over the sinewy human remains in a heavily armored tank is really expensive in live-action.
The fan film Batman vs. The Terminator depicts a world ravaged by SkyNet, just like the only two Terminator movies anyone acknowledges. Of course, the crucial difference here is Bruce Wayne is part of the resistance. Though it's nice to have a superhero on call, the implications are bittersweet; humanity does have a symbol to rally around, but this also means that the Dark Knight was around for the fall of man. SkyNet took over the world on Batman's watch.
Animator Mitchell Hammond embedded tons of personality and detail in every frame of this short, from the strand of hair in a soldier's face to grizzled gray beard of a world-weary warrior. It's both impressive and depressing that this is probably better than pretty much any Batman or Terminator movies we'll get for the forseeable future.