Five Nights At Freddy’s Movie References Popular Dream Theory

The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has a few references to one of the most popular fan theories from the series – that the events of the fourth game was just a dream.


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We’ve all been waiting a long time to see the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie finally escape development hell and hit cinemas and, years after the adaptation was originally announced, it finally hit cinemas and streaming services yesterday. Although the movie isn’t doing well at all with critics, it has been a smash success with fans, who seem to love all of the easter eggs, references, and lore. Mild spoilers for some of Five Nights at Freddy’s surprises follow.

It’s almost hard to know where to begin when it comes to Five Nights at Freddy’s easter eggs and references, but one of them stands out among the rest for being incredibly meta. As pointed out by Twitter user _IDontKnow_64_, at several points throughout the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, characters can be seen reading a book that’s called “Dream Theory”.

This is an obvious reference to one of the most popular fan theories in the series – that the events of the games are all just a dream. This is a theory that’s been prevalent for pretty much every Five Nights at Freddy’s game since the original (and generally any game or film ever that features nightmarish creatures), but it really kicked into gear for Five Nights at Freddy’s 4.

That game notably had you controlling a child and notably had “Nightmare” versions of each of the main animatronics. That had many players, including Game Theory’s MatPat, theorise that the events of the game were all a dream. The book appearing in the movie several times is a nice reference to that theory, as well as the theory-crafting community that made Five Nights at Freddy’s so popular in the first place.

Although the Dream Theory became very popular for Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 in particular, it was recently confirmed that the main character of the game is a child who has been captured by William Afton and is being gassed with hallucinogenics, which is what’s causing the nightmare animatronics to appear. Fun.

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