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  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack is remarkably blood-pumping for such a small project. Of particular attention is the "main theme" of Willy's Wonderland, which plays in the film while The Janitor is playing the pinball machine and dancing to the tune.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • The Janitor utterly destroying the animatronics is abundantly satisfying, especially since they contain the souls of Jerry Robert Willis and his colleagues who were responsible for the deaths of numerous families.
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    • The gruesome death of Sheriff Lund is also vastly satisfying given that she sacrificed innocent people to the animatronics.
  • Complete Monster: Jerry Robert Willis was the owner and founder of Willy's Wonderland, using the entertainment center to mask the fact that he was one of the century's most twisted, sadistic serial killers. Working with his depraved staff, Willis would butcher and cannibalize entire families for years, eventually committing suicide in a Satanic ritual that transferred the souls of Willis and his employees into the animatronics populating Willy's Wonderland. Becoming "Willy Weasel", Willis continued to kill children and even slaughter his way through Hayesville's schools and shops before striking a deal with Sheriff Lund to spare Hayesville in exchange for regular sacrifices. With a body count unfathomable and a lack of care for his fellow killers, Willis spends the film having a group of teenagers picked off one by one before bisecting Lund herself for failing him.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With The Banana Splits, another movie centering around abhorrent animatronic animals.
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    • And of course, Five Nights at Freddy's itself, which kicked off this genre in the first place.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • The Janitor helping out Liv and almost training her to take down the murderous bastards.
    • Lund upon hearing that Liv is in Willy's Wonderland immediately heads out to save her and the other teens.
    • The Janitor playing with the pinball machine and dancing is just adorable.
    • The two guys handing over the Janitor's car without much issue and are just grateful that the nightmare is finally over.
    • The Janitor basically adopting Liv.
    • The Janitor gathering the bodies of Liv's friends and covering them with a tarp, despite not knowing any of them.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Most curious observers watch this film because it has Nicolas Cage.
  • Memetic Mutation: The surreal scene of The Janitor playing pinball and happily dancing to the beat (while everybody else is dying/dead) is fast on its way to becoming another Nicolas Cage classic. Not a surprise given he apparently improvised the whole thing.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
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    • Jerry Robert Willis had crossed the line in the past when he murdered countless children and families who came to his restaurant.
    • Sheriff Lund had also crossed the line when she sacrificed many innocent people to the killer animatronics.
  • Signature Scene: The aforementioned scene of The Janitor playing pinball is fast on its way to becoming the film's calling card.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
    • Of Five Nights at Freddy's, in that it's a movie about an employee of a Suck E. Cheese's family fun center working the night shift and having to contend with a band of killer animatronics especially since the place has a dark secret. Only this time, the silent protagonist is a janitor who fights back against the evil animatronics with some outside help and he only signed up for the job to fix his car. The plot twist of the demonic animatronics in Willy's Wonderland being reincarnated serial killers is quite similar to William Afton transferring his soul to Springtrap in Five Nights At Freddy in addition to having a series of mysterious murders at a pizza restaurant as a major element of the story. Hilariously enough, one of the names listed in the credits is a man named Mike Schmidt, who happens to share a name with the protagonist of the first game (he's the Sound Mixer if you want to check for yourself).
    • You could also consider it one to Dante's Night at Freddy's, in which the animatronics wind up having to deal with someone who is more than willing to destroy them.
  • Uncanny Valley: Siren Sara is the most human-like of the gallery of animatronics especially when it comes to her face.
  • The Woobie: Liv. Her parents were brutally slaughtered by the animatronics when she just a little girl, and all her friends get killed by the same animatronics when she tries to stop the problem once in for all. Even worse, her guardian, Sheriff Lund, was revealed to have been the one who have lured her parents (and many others) into the building in order to be slaughtered by the animatronics. On the bright side, she develops a close bond with the Janitor, who adopts her after all the animatronics were destroyed for good.
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