Escape Room Review: The Official SAW Escape Experience

Escape Room Review: The Official SAW Escape Experience

When James Wan’s SAW arrived in theaters 14 years ago, it stunned audiences and brought the “torture porn” genre to the forefront. I remember being blown away by Leigh Whannell’s story and Wan’s directing style and it was clear I wasn’t the only one. Since SAW’s inception in 2004, fans have been graced with 7 other films, making this one of the most popular horror franchises ever. As much as the torture devices disturbed me, I always wondered what it would be like to experience a true, though fictional, SAW experience. As luck would have it, I didn’t have to look far as Egan Productions has designed not only an official SAW escape room, but one that is completely immersive, allowing participants to feel as though they are part of Jigsaw’s game.

Escape Game: Reality X Presents WELCOME HOME

Escape Game: Reality X Presents WELCOME HOME

Confession time: I did not actually know that WELCOME HOME was an escape room nor have I ever done an escape room before. Even with that, I still came pretty close to winning the prize which wasn't my aim since I didn't realize there was one in the first place.

Escape Room Review: Get the F Out Presents THE EXPERIMENT

Escape Room Review: Get the F Out Presents THE EXPERIMENT

Last weekend the Nightmarish Conjurings team had the chance to check out the new escape room, THE EXPERIMENT, from Get the F Out Escape Rooms. Having done their popular escape room, The Virus, I was looking forward to seeing what THE EXPERIMENT had to offer, especially since it was teaming up with one of Orange County's most well-known haunted attractions, Sinister Pointe

Escape Room Review: 60out Presents THE ORPHANAGE

Escape Room Review: 60out Presents THE ORPHANAGE

I recently had the pleasure of attending The Orphanage escape room by 60Out Escape Rooms and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow escape room enthusiasts.  To best describe the story, I will use my own summary

Escape Room Review: Black Market Escape Games Presents MURDER CO.

Escape Room Review: Black Market Escape Games Presents MURDER CO.

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Murder Co. escape room by Black Market Escape Rooms and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow escape room enthusiasts.  To best describe the story, I will use my own summary:

"We arrive at a high priced black market and get to watch as our chosen ‘artist’ murders a person before our eyes.  It soon becomes clear; the company behind these games has no intention of letting us leave and plans to use us as the next victims.  We have one hour to find our way out before the ‘artist’ returns to collect us."

Escape Room Review: Tick Tock Escape Rooms Presents the PYRAMID PARADOX

Escape Room Review: Tick Tock Escape Rooms Presents the PYRAMID PARADOX

Growing up playing as many video games as I have in my life, it is common place among action-adventure and RPG's to come across puzzles. You're stuck in a room/tomb/church or whatever and the mechanism has locked you in until you figure out the wildly elaborate puzzle. Does it sound familiar? If so, then maybe you have played an escape room before. I got my chance to try Tick Tock Escape Games and it was quite the experience. 

Escape Room Review: 60out Presents Dracula

Escape Room Review: 60out Presents Dracula

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Dracula escape room by 60Out Escape Rooms and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow escape room enthusiasts.  To best describe the story, I will use the website’s summary:

"Recently there have been some vampire sightings in the area and we have called on our very best vampire slayers for help.  You have arrived an hour before sunset, so time is of the essence."

Escape Room Review: STASH HOUSE

Escape Room Review: STASH HOUSE

Timidly, you follow instructions. Cautiously arriving at an unmarked door illuminated by a green light that oddly blends into LA’s busy urban landscape. After all, the best place to hide illegal drug trafficking is in plain sight. You are invited to this apartment by Ray Jones, a notorious Los Angeles drug kingpin.  He has a proposition for you. But first, you must prove yourself by passing his test. You must find and dispose of all his drugs before the cops show up. He took the liberty of calling the police moments before you arrived to up the stakes. There are no locked doors and you can leave at any time. But Ray warns you that the cops will find the video of you leaving the house implicating you in the crime scene.  Stuck between a rock and a hard place, your best option is use your skills to locate and dispose of the hidden drugs in time. 

Escape Room Review: 60out Presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Escape Room Review: 60out Presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Alice in Wonderland by 60Out Escape Rooms and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow escape room enthusiasts.  To best describe the story, I will use the summary from the website:

"Alice is about to go to trial, a very unfair one that may end up with the sentence, “Off with her head!”  Your sole duty is to make sure Alice is safe and sound in Wonderland."

Escape Room Review: Questroom Presents THE BLOODY ELBOW

Escape Room Review: Questroom Presents THE BLOODY ELBOW

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I recently had the pleasure of attending The Bloody Elbow Escape Room by Questroom and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow escape room enthusiasts.  To best describe the story, I will use my own summary:

"During the height of the Spanish Inquisition we have been imprisoned for witchcraft and sentenced to death.  The executioner, nicknamed The Bloody Elbow, is traveling from out of town to kill us and is expected in about an hour.  We only have a small window of time to escape the dungeon where we are being held captive, or else it means our heads."

Escape Room Review: Questroom Presents CANNIBAL'S DEN

Escape Room Review: Questroom Presents CANNIBAL'S DEN

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Cannibal’s Den Escape Room by Questroom and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow escape room enthusiasts.  To best describe the story, I will use my own summary:

"We wake up imprisoned in a cage, trying to remember how we got to this place. Soon it becomes clear that someone has trapped us here on purpose, and they have a taste for human flesh. Now, we must do everything that we can to escape before dinnertime."

Escape Room Review: 60Out Presents GHOST SHIP

Escape Room Review: 60Out Presents GHOST SHIP

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Ghost Ship Escape Room at 60Out Escape Rooms and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow escape room enthusiasts. To best describe the story, I will turn to a slightly modified version of their website's summary:

"Many years ago a curse was put on this ship and the entire crew for their sines. Since that wretched night, they have been capturing people at sea and holding them captive with the hope that they might be the ones to help break the spell."

Escape Room Review: THE VIRUS

Escape Room Review: THE VIRUS

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I recently had the pleasure of attending THE VIRUS ESCAPE ROOM by Get the F Out and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow escape room enthusiasts. To best describe the story, I will turn to a slightly modified version of their website's summary:

"A deadly virus has ravaged the planet and we must descend to an underground lab and find a cure before the computerized decontamination system destroys us and our efforts." 

Escape Room Review: Escape Room LA's THE PYRAMID

Escape Room Review: Escape Room LA's THE PYRAMID

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the great pleasure of attending Escape Room LA's newest experience The Pyramid and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow escape room enthusiasts. To give a bit of background, I will use the summary provided to me in the press materials: 

"Set out on an expedition to a hidden jungle pyramid in search of The Mask of the Jade Warrior, a fabled lost treasure of the Mayans." 

Escape Room Review: The Cromwell Estate & Escape Room Era Present THE SCARECROWS SHADOW

Escape Room Review: The Cromwell Estate & Escape Room Era Present THE SCARECROWS SHADOW

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the great pleasure of attending the pop up escape room The Scarecrow’s Shadow a joint production between The Cromwell Estate and Escape Room Era.  There are two different versions of this room, one for kids and one for adults, but since I only saw the version for adults, this review will be based entirely upon that iteration.

Escape Room Review: Red Lantern Escape Room Presents MIDNIGHT ON THE BAYOU

Escape Room Review: Red Lantern Escape Room Presents MIDNIGHT ON THE BAYOU

Red Lantern's MIDNIGHT ON THE BAYOU is a gem of an escape room that incorporates a multitude of unique scenarios and puzzles to solve in an hour long duration. Seeing as New Orleans is one of my favorite places in the world to visit, my excitement level for this experience was extremely high. Luckily, what waited for me behind the doors of Red Lantern's Escape Room was more than I could have ever imagined. 

Escape Room Review: The Bunker Experience Presents THE BUNKER and THE HIVE

Escape Room Review: The Bunker Experience Presents THE BUNKER and THE HIVE

Savages and Scavengers and Scares, Oh My! Downtown Pasadena's THE BUNKER EXPERIENCE offers up thoroughly original escape rooms that elicit squeaks of gleeful pride and shrieks of bloodcurdling terror. 

Escape Room Review: ZOE

Escape Room Review: ZOE

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to check out one of the newest escape rooms in town, Escapade Games, located in Fullerton, CA, for their new horror themed room, ZOE. When my group and I arrived, we were led to a nondescript storefront with black out windows that gave zero indications for what we were about to experience. We were told to close our eyes as we were led into a room with instructions not to open them until we were given the go-ahead. Not knowing what would be waiting for me, I shut my eyes tight and in nervous anticipation I waited for whatever lurked in the shadows of the ZOE room... 

Escape Room Review: THE CROMWELL ESTATE

Escape Room Review: THE CROMWELL ESTATE

It's rare for me to be surprised anymore. When you go to as many events, haunts, escape room as I do, you see the same familiar pattern over and over again. When I had the chance to visit the relatively new escape room, THE CROMWELL ESTATE's "THE DEN", I went in excited but I figured it would follow along the same tropes as other "horror" escape rooms. When I arrived at my designated time, I took a look around the sparsely decorated waiting room and hoped that the lack of creativity didn't progress into the experience awaiting me. 

Escape Room Review: THE BASEMENT

Escape Room Review: THE BASEMENT

A few weeks ago, on a very, very rainy California afternoon, I had the chance to check out "The Basement: A Live Escape Room Experience" in Sylmar, California.  I had heard from many people that this was one of the best escape rooms to go through so my excitement level and expectations were fairly high.  I'm beyond thrilled to report that the experience lived up to the hype!  "The Basement"'s story centers around an individual named Edward Tandy who just so happens to be a cannibalistic serial killer.  Because of this, he's created a twisted game for his victims inside the basement of his deceased mother's home.  Though his goal is to feast on the flesh of all that are there, those who are able to escape his clutches and solve his terrifying game, will be able to leave, unscathed.  Those who don't... well, I think you can figure out what happens to those poor folks...