Wondering if the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is ok for kids? While this weird and creepy film may seem like the perfect Halloween pick, it may not have the scares you’re looking for. Here’s what parents need to know in this Five Nights at Freddy’s Parents Guide.
Five Nights at Freddy’s Parents Guide
Five Nights at Freddy’s is based off of a video game and follows a troubled security guard (Josh Hutcherson) as he begins working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. While spending his first night on the job, he realizes the night shift at Freddy’s won’t be so easy to make it through as animatronics terrorize him.
Age Rating: Why is Five Nights at Freddy’s Rated PG-13?
Five Nights at Freddy’s is Rated PG-13 for Bloody Images, Strong Violence, and Language which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 13.
Parents need to know that violence is extreme for younger kids, but the plot is too silly for older teens.
Language in Five Nights at Freddy’s
Profanity is moderate with uses of a**, a**hole, sh*t, idiot, hell, screw you, and words of Deity.
Violence: Is Five Nights at Freddy’s Too Scary for Kids?
There are some jump scares and shocks that could be too much for young kids, but Five Nights at Freddy’s really isn’t that scary. Five Nights at Freddy’s is violent, but won’t be violent or scary enough for adults and older teens.
Characters are stabbed, impaled, and crushed. Animatronics come to life and attack characters. They bite faces and characters in half. References to children being abducted and murdered. There is some blood and gore, but the gore is not heavy.
Is Five Nights at Freddy’s Appropriate for Kids Under 12?
Five Nights at Freddy’s does earn its PG-13 rating, but it could have been worse. You can expect violence, death, fighting, jump scares and some intense scenes. To sum it up, Five Nights at Freddy’s is kid friendly for ages 12 and older. For younger fans who appreciate the horror genre, they should be ok.
Five Nights at Freddy’s fans will appreciate the fan service and Easter Eggs, but it may not be enough to be a hit. It tries to attract the PG-13 age group with a horror film, but the storyline is overcomplicated and the film drags in places.
I’ve had plenty of nightmares about the animatronics in Chuck E. Cheese’s coming to life and attacking me as a kid, so at times it seems relatable. Five Nights at Freddy’s isn’t terrible, but it’s also not great if you’re looking for something more than some jump scares this Halloween season. If you do want some fright and a bizarre family-friendly(ish?) scary movie, then grab some popcorn and watch Five Nights at Freddy’s.