BLACK MARKET ESCAPE ROOMS, a new immersive-based attraction company, announces the opening of MURDER CO, a permanent escape experience aimed at turning the attraction industry on its head. Moonlighting from their day gigs, a handful of theme park professionals have thrown the proverbial gloves off by thrusting guests into an adventure far too severe for the family-friendly confines of an amusement park.
MURDER CO is more than simply solving puzzles, combinations or finding keys to break out of a locked room. The high-level adventure incorporates unique entertainment elements matched with intense scenes of harsh violence, pitfalls and physicality. Groups of up to eight members find themselves trapped in a gore and chaos-filled race for survival.
MURDER CO: A high-priced, high-society underground black market sports ring enabling voyeuristic individuals to privately witness a live murder take place. Beyond the scant rumors found on the Black Web, not much is known about the enigmatic company. It is only after guests sign-up that the specific details of the ominous Murder Co will be revealed. If you're still brave enough to make the plunge after signing a waiver, dangerous mystery awaits.
The experience was created by theme park designer, Jon Cooke, who was looking to push the parameters set by the day-to-day requirements in his industry. In response to founding his new company, Black Market Escape Rooms, Cooke says, "I saw so much potential story and show elements in escape rooms. I wanted to do something more so we aimed to create this unforgettable encounter."
Regarding Murder Co's intensity is attraction co-writer and director Ted Dougherty, who confesses, "We had to go to some extremely dark places that definitely left a few emotional marks." Although the attraction may not fall into the category of an "extreme haunt," it does contain content best reserved for those not easily offended or disgusted.
Murder Co includes state-of-the-art special effects typically seen inside major theme park attractions. Some of the other professionals Cooke has recruited include artists, technicians and designers who have worked with the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Cedar Fair and the National Football League. Companies on board and supplying a stockpile of surprises are Gantom Lighting and Controls, Immortal Masks and Ghost Ride Productions.
Expect serious thrills as Cooke is no stranger to terrifying people based on his innovative haunted attraction designs for Knott's Scary Farm. When conceiving Murder Co, he admits, "It's what I have always wanted to see and do in an immersive attraction." A living nightmare is one step away for those bold enough to cross into MurderCo.
TICKETS FOR MURDER CO ARE NOW ON SALE FOR LIMITED DATES AND TIMES. For more information on Murder Co, including tickets, operating hours and directions, visit www.blackmarketescaperooms.com and follow them on social media on Facebook and Instagram at @BlackMarketEscapeRooms.
ABOUT BLACK MARKET ESCAPE ROOMS
Black Market Escape Rooms was founded in 2017 and specializes in original alternatives to the standard escape room and haunted attraction format.
Jon Cooke has designed, art directed and produced some of the most successful haunted attractions for the world famous Knott's Scary Farm, including "Infected: Special Ops," "Paranormal, Inc," "Shadowlands" and "Dark Ride." As vocalist for the deathcore metal band, Winds of Plague, Cooke has released numerous albums and toured extensively throughout the globe. Taking the two worlds of themed entertainment and live performance, Cooke has melded his experience into creating visionary ways to horrify the masses. www.plagueproductions.com.
Immortal Masks was established in 2010 and owned by Andrew and Michelle Freeman and George Frangadakis. In addition to winning Season 12 of the Syfy reality television series, Face Off, Andrew has worked professionally as a Hollywood special effects artist. Between Andrew's expertise and George's experience as an effects supervisor, Immortal Masks is comprised of some of the best working artists in the film, theme park and haunted attraction industries. www.immortalmasks.com
Ted Dougherty is a writer, producer and director having worked with Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights, Knott's Scary Farm, Cedar Fair and Hollow Studios, including directing and co-writing Fear VR, the first 4-D virtual reality horror experience at a major theme park. www.lunarvisions.com.
Ghost Ride Productions was founded by special effects artists experienced in Halloween maze effects. The company develops, manufactures and markets innovative specialty products for Halloween and haunted house events, including mechanical effects, special effects, specialty costumes and props. www.ghostride.com
Gantom Lighting and Controls was founded in 2010 as a manufacturer of special-effects lighting equipment catering to the themed attraction industry. Gantom's award-winning products have been installed in a wide range of venues around the world including theme parks, museums and haunted attractions. www.gantom.com.