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Five Songs Inspired by Five Nights at Freddy's

Recently I've been just the tiniest bit obsessed with the blockbuster indie horror-game franchise Five Nights at Freddy's. It's twisted, innovative and terrifying. Granted, the third one maybe didn't live up to the hype, but it's still an impressive trilogy. It's also an amazing accomplishment in that all three games came out within a year, and a final game is slated for Halloween of this year. Nonetheless, the Internet does what it does best, and in so short a time has managed to produce songs inspired by Freddy, Foxy, Bonnie, Chica and that freakin' puppet thing. In preparation for a wonderfully frightening Halloween, let's hear five of the best.

TryHardNinja, "It's Me"
This is a really solid tune encompassing the basics of the Five Nights at Freddy's core. Halfway between dubstep and an old Alien Sex Fiend track, it has danceabiity and the ability to haunt the corners of your hearing. The video production by Smike is equally first-rate, with a nice selection across three games and a deft hand at capturing iconic scare moments.
The Living Tombstone, Various
The Living Tombstone actually has a trilogy of songs to complement the trilogy of games, and picking one was impossible. Above is the video for "Die In a Fire," the song based around the third game. While it's not the strongest song of the bunch, it's by far the most impressive video and that's why it gets the feature. The best song is "It's Been So Long," which rolls out like a good Hyperbubble track and mixes a sense of loss in with the horror. As for the song dedicated to the first game, well, it's the weakest of the three but still a damned spooky bit of music and a worthy place to begin.
NateWantsToBattle, "Mangled"
Taking it down a notch, here's a sad acoustic tune from NateWantsToBattle. It's based on Five Nights at Freddy's 2, and focuses on the pathos of the more mangled and torn-apart animatronics haunting the pizzeria halls. It's sort of sweet, really, how Nate makes you feel that tearing apart a nightwatchman is a worthy catharsis for cursed robots. That...that sounded a little creepy. Sorry.
MandoPony, "Balloons"
MandoPony, like The Living Tombstone, wrote a fair few songs about Five Nights at Freddy's, but most of them come across a little too electro bro-rock for my tastes. Instead, let's have "Balloons," a song of hope as the animatronics feel the dawn coming on and finally feel free from their defiled existence. Like "Mangled," it sums up the heart of the games that sets them apart from other jump scarefests.
JT Machinima, "Five More Nights"
And finally, the obligatory video-game rap song. I mock, but Machinima is a great rapper who turns in quality product. "Five More Nights" reminds me of the glory days of '90s horror flicks when they'd put random rap songs about killer sharks in the credits and every rapper delivered his song with the utmost sincerity. And honestly, it's a freaky tune, with verses calling back to some of the better Insane Clown Posse work from Great Milenko. Seems to be the perfect place to sign off because the power is going down on my laptop and we all know what happe...crap.
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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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