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Escape Room Movie directed by Will Wernick set to premiere in Seattle

Escape Room is set to premiere at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) this weekend.

Here’s the back story for the movie: To celebrate Tyler’s 30th birthday, his girlfriend Christen has booked an escape room to celebrate.

The six players walk into the room but the puzzles become deadly. Soon the players realise it’s not a game and they need to win.

Otherwise it’s game over.
 
 
The festival’s website describes the movie as “the latest underground party craze, escape rooms”.
 
And the same site shares this piece of dialogue from the movie – “Fuck this puzzle!” cries out one of the frustrated players in the face of certain death.
 
 
There’s two movie screenings in Seattle with tickets costing $14 USD per person.
Friday June 9th, 9:30pm – 805 E Pine Street, Seattle
Saturday June 10th, 9:30pm – 600 Pine Street, Seattle
 
Bonus: The director Will Wernick will be attending both screenings.

There’s also no movie trailer for this Escape Room movie online yet.
 
 

Escape Room
Director: Will Wernick
Tagline: Six friends test their intelligence in a game that takes a dark turn.

Captain America’s Escape Room Prank in a Boston Comic Book Store

“Escape Rooms are these immersive games where you and your buddies have to solve puzzles and complete a mission before time runs out.”

With the help of Trapology in Boston, Chris Evans aka. Captain America and Omaze recently took over a comic book store and turned it into a Captain America escape room!

Also the Omaze competition where you could win the chance to play an escape room with Chris Evans closes February 2nd! The winner and three friends will get flown out to Boston, USA as well.

Enter here: omaze.com/Chris

+ Keep an eye out for a special link in the above Youtube video which will give you more entries for the Omaze competition!

– Essa 🙂

 

What to watch – The Code: Secret Room, Escape! and Escape the Expected

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Catchup – The Code: Secret Room (코드 – 비밀의 방)
– view online

Premiering in January 2016, The Code: Secret Room was inspired by the escape room trend in South Korea.

Ten contestants start in the basement on Level 8 and need to solve puzzles hidden around the floor. The puzzles reveal clues called “Main Codes”, which help contestants determine what the pass code for the door is.

The contestant enters the passcode to escape the floor and then takes the elevator to progress to the next round – where another floor awaits (Level 7 and so on). During each episode, a contestant gets eliminated and the winner of the series is the first person to escape from Level 1.

“This isn’t a program where we are given a problem and we have to solve it,” announcer Choi Song-hyun said, introducing the program and its appeal. “It all starts with finding the problem to solve (to escape the room) in the first place. – KoreaHerald

 

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Watch Now – Escape!
– via Geek and Sundry (online)

Geek and Sundry are producing an escape room show called Escape!. Each week, a different team of celebrities try out a new escape room. Available on Geek and Sundry’s streaming service called Alpha, which costs $5 USD each month and streams weekly on Wednesday night at 8.30pm PST.

 

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Coming Soon – Escape the Expected
– via HBO (USA channel)

HBO film crews were spotted in November filming Escape the Expected on University of Connecticut’s campus. Students in teams of five, signed up to play three escape rooms based on HBO’s most popular tv shows – Veep, Silicon Valley and Game of Thrones.

For the first two rooms, teams were given six minutes to find the code to open the door. The goal of the third and final room was to solve a 3D puzzle inspired by Games of Thrones and eventually sit on the Iron Throne.

Air date – TBA

– Essa 🙂

 

TV shows to binge watch on Halloween: Dracula – Escape the Castle and Hellevator

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Happy Halloween! If you’re looking to binge watch some creepy tv shows that will test your undead brain power, look no further –

Dracula, Escape the Castle (TV Show – 2016)
Who can survive a night in Castle Dracula? The tv series takes place at night in an old Romanian castle where two teams are trapped for the night. Creepy challenges await the teams as they need to move from room to room, solving three rounds of challenges before they can make their escape. Catch up on the series – eleven episodes – on the insight.tv website.

Horror Level:
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Hellevator (TV Show – 2015)
Teams of four people step into a haunted elevator that drops down into a gruesome slaughterhouse and must overcome floors filled with horror challenges to move to the finale, The Inferno. In Season 2, each episode has a different challenge inspired by one of the Seven Deadly Sins such as pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth. Are the players doomed once they enter the Hellevator? Catch up on the series – via Youtube.

Horror Level:
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//Other Escape Room News

Escape Room Addict – Ask the Expert Contest
Have a burning escape room question and want to win tickets to an escape room? Enter the contest with any escape room related question and be in the running to win a prize pack of four tickets to an escape room. Contest is opened to residents of the USA and Canada with entries closing on November 3rd.

Ask the Expert Contest

Fall Porch – INscape
Check out this escape room that was created on a person’s porch! Before entering the party inside the house – the creator’s friends had to solve the puzzles located on the porch and find four digits to unlock the front door.

Imgur Link

 

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20 years of Resident Evil Horror: The Resident Evil Escape Experience comes to life on October 21st

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It was only a matter of time.

Escape room zombies have evolved.

The Resident Evil franchise has emerged from the afterlife for a new phase as its creator Capcom teams up with iam8bit. As part of the 20th anniversary of the franchise, The Resident Evil Escape Experience will be available in Los Angeles from Friday October 21st to November 6th (three weeks).

The experience will have nods to past Resident Evil games and includes references to the new game – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.

Players are recommended to be 17 years old or older to deal with the mature Resident Evil themes in the escape room. Each session will see a team of up to six people trying to save the world from the zombies with tickets costing $35 USD each.

After you survive the zombies get out of the escape room, there’s an art gallery next door with limited print art and other Resident Evil merchandise.

Resident Evil Escape Experience
Date: October 21st – November 6th 2016
Location: iam8bit – 2147 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Register: Eventbrite

Also thanks to Liz Cable for posting this on the Escape Enthusiast Facebook page!

-Essa 🙂

 

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The Hunt Begins: Hunt A Killer experience takes over 200 acres in Darlington, Maryland – USA

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A 200 acre living crime scene to explore.

Hunt a Killer is a three hour immersive experience where teams of six people will help solve the mystery of the serial killer.

The Hunt A Killer experience is described as part adventure race – to the next location, part escape room – discover and solve crime scene clues and part interactive theatre with actors.

As the event is designed in an open world format – teams are able to choose how their adventure plays out. Go in any direction located within the event’s land boundaries and see what you can discover.

Search for crime scenes, find evidence and discuss wild theories with your teammates. Then complete physical/mental challenges to collect information about the killer before time runs out. Will your team choose the path to success or failure?

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Teams attend a briefing before the Hunt a Killer experience starts at 3pm this Saturday. The FAQ says players may also need to crawl or swim(!) through other challenge sections and that not all teams will finish the experience by the 6pm deadline.

When night falls – the event turns into a party where players can talk about the day’s events over a camp bonfire. Afterwards, players can then pitch their camping tents for the night.

Tickets are $210 USD per single ticket (where a person is matched to a team) and $960 USD per team (each person $160 USD).

There’s a code on the website: KEMPER300 which gives teams a $300 discount at the moment. Since the event contains mature content, the Hunt a Killer website states only players 21 years or older are able to join.

Would you sign up for the Hunt A Killer experience?

Hunt A Killer – Website

The Hunt A Killer team are also planning something for 2017 – mysterious packages in the mail.

 

// Other Escape Room News
Today is the last voting day for the 10 Best Escape Rooms as nominated by USA Today. Experts nominated 20 of their favourite escape rooms in the USA and the Room Escape Artist team covered the story with a great post here.

The final results should be listed on the USA Today website – who will be crowned USA Today’s number one escape room?

Perhaps someone will take up the challenge to do an escape room tour to visit the top 10 US escape rooms after all the votes are tallied.

Essa 🙂

 

Demons and earthquakes! The Exorcist Escape Room Experience scurries into Escape Hotel Hollywood this weekend – Fright Month 2016

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Welcome to Fright Month 2016. This year the spooky party starts earlier than normal due to unusual paranormal activity. Over the next month this blog writes about the most spooky and terrifying escape room events along with frightening theme park activities before Halloween arrives.

Real life exorcism. Ready to check in?

Escape Hotel Hollywood have partnered up with the Fox channel to promote their new tv series The Exorcist. Opening this week on Friday participants are invited to find out what a fate worse than death means.

The experience takes participants on a 45 minute journey as they move through six different rooms including a church, a priest’s office and an old attic. The final stage of the experience sees people participate in an exorcism.

Depending on how participants and actors interact with each other during the experience – it will affect how the story plays out and how sound effects are triggered. Technology built into the experience includes demon sound effects and earthquake simulators to shake the room/s.

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The free tickets for The Exorcist Experience were for September 23rd – 25th at Escape Hotel Hollywood but they have since sold out.

Otherwise if you’re willing to pay there are still available tickets for September 29th and 30th at a cost of $60 USD per person. It’s also worth noting that The Hollywood Reporter mentioned in a recent article each experience takes up to twenty people in each session.

Would you check in to Escape Hotel Hollywood for this terrifying experience?

Escape Hotel Hollywood – Website

– Essa  🙂

UNCENSORED: Banned Books Scavenger Hunt in Washington DC – #UncensoredDC

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400 hundred books are in hiding.

To celebrate Banned Books week in September, libraries across Washington DC have planned a scavenger hunt.

Since last Tuesday, books that were once censored or challenged due to their content are being hidden around the city.

If you find a book, you get to keep it.

These hidden books are easily identifiable with a black cover and bold white text which state the reason why the book was banned in the first place.

The best places to find these books are businesses that participate in Made in DC or “… our partners Mess Hall, Zaytinya, Proper Topper, Petworth Citizen, Politics & Prose, as well as various bars and coffee shops throughout the city.” – DC Library

Plus clues for the banned book scavenger hunt can be found on social media using the #UncensoredDC hashtag.

If you find a hidden book and post about it on social media using the hashtag, people can win tickets to UNCENSORED: The Cocktail party, a fundraiser for Washington DC libraries being held on September 30th.

This year’s banned book theme is diversity and here’s the list of six books that can be found as part of this year’s scavenger hunt: Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, Slaughterhouse Five, A Separate Peace, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Native Son.

Banned Books week officially takes place from September 26th to October 1st this year.

Links
– Official Website
– Washington DC Library Twitter

 

// Other Escape Room News
– Happy second escape room blog anniversary to the team at Escape Games Review!
– You might have seen that the navigation bar on this site has changed! The escape room directory on this site has been taken down and been replaced. There are now links to other major escape room directories – check it out here.

– Essa 🙂

Fighting off zombies in Fight of the Living Dead: Experiment 88 – Youtube series

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DON’T. GET. BITTEN.

Fight of the Living Dead puts contestants into a zombie reality series, that’s part scripted and unscripted.

Over three days, the contestants are left in an abandoned hospital where they must survive the zombie horde spread out through the building. Contestants need to avoid being “bitten” by actors dressed as zombies and get through challenges that determine the overall winner.

In season one, there were six episodes and the whole series can be watched in an hour.

Now the series is back for season two, with ten new contestants, sixty cameras and two hundred zombies to avoid this time.

The team at Alpine Labs spent several months developing the plot of the series including fake character back stories, news clippings and evidence that the contestants discover as they progress through the hospital.

According to episode one the plot revolves around, CONOPs Industries which started in 1950 with the aim to create the perfect biological soldier. The result was the necrotic bioform – a species similar to a zombie. These bioforms could reanimate, follow commands, behave without emotions and can fall into different types of zombie classification: Type I, Type II and Type III which has a special super gene.

Kevin Abrams, from Alpine Labs also has this to say about escape rooms right now (from Mashable) – “Kids are looking for something that looks tangible,” Abrams said of the popularity of escape rooms. “With this experience, you can see how you can do under pressure, you can work with teams and friends. It reminds people of what they are capable of doing: testing their brain and physical acumen.”

Would you watch Fight of the Living Dead?

Catchup on Season One here
Catchup on Season Two, Episode One here
* The rest of Season Two requires a Youtube Red subscription, episode four released on August 31st.

Plus check out the behind-the-scenes videos of how they made Fight of the Living Dead: Season 2 as well!

// Other Escape Room News
– Check out Room Escape Artist’s recent review of the Chicago Room Escape Conference
– And if you’re heading to PAX in Seattle, Washington – USA this weekend – keep an eye out for The Escape Room Revolution: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Panel on September 3rd.

 

Essa 🙂

What happened this summer when the Gravity Falls fandom found out about #CipherHunt – Part One

Catchup: | Prologue | Part 1 – Gravity Falls Cipher Hunt | Part 2 – Gravity Falls Cipher Hunt |

After the finale of Gravity Falls back in February, fans were left with a mystery on their minds – was there indeed a real stone statue of Bill Cipher hiding in a forest?

After months of silence, a single tweet from the creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch sparked a massive alternate reality game. From his tweet, fans discovered “#FLSKHUKXQW” shifted back three letters revealed the word #CIPHERHUNT.

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From the image attached to the same tweet, fans decoded:
“The urban legend has come true / Cipher’s statue’s calling you / The secret map is in your hand / To trace the clues across the land”, along with “Don’t forget it’s all for pleasure / The hunt itself’s the real treasure / But a prize awaits the first one there / Be safe, be smart, and of course beware” – GF Wikia

Proving that what fans speculated months ago was real – there was a Bill Cipher statue out there waiting to be found.

Also from the image, fans discovered when the red letters were shifted backwards it spelt out the first location – Russia. The location was confirmed as Kazan Cathedral located in St. Petersburg, Russia as the floor plan can be seen.
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The clue picked up in Russia referred to the yen, which turned the focus to Japan and the next clue was located in Kanda Myojin Shrine, Tokyo.

The clue from Tokyo referred to the hunter of the fountain of youth – Ponce De Leon and a street name containing his name was found in Atlanta, Georgia in the US.

A fan discovered a damaged poster for a missing pig, Waddles – the cartoon pig which appears on Gravity Falls. On the poster was a puzzle and a phone number, when the number was reversed a voice recording could be heard.

Fans listened to Grunkle Stan, who advised them to check a university location at Rhode Island. Behind the picture of Sister Mary Hilda Miley the next clue was suppose to be located but the game ran into problems when the clue was discovered to be missing.

Alex Hirsch stepped in and tweeted to fans to re-call the last phone number, where another recording of Grunkle Stan played. “A man who’s first name is his last, a statue honouring his past …” hinted to fans they should head to Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

When the Griffith Park clue was picked up it mentioned, “50 + 50 that’s the city .. you’ll find a bow tie and one eye ..” which led to Century Park, Los Angeles. When the park is viewed from above, there’s a pyramid shape and two buildings beneath that look like a bow tie – similar to what the character Bill Cipher looks like.

A USB was found inside the park with a voice recording pointing to the next clue – hidden inside the California State Summer School of the Arts, where only students could enter the building’s sublevel to retrieve the next clue.

Scribbled on the wall were two hex codes that were decoded to lead on to the co-ordinates of Piedmont, California. Fans discovered a key tied to a tree stump and a locked container, revealing a PO box (27128) at 1825 N. Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles.

Out of the PO box emerged a monster jigsaw puzzle made of 2,000 pieces. Fans on the ground worked on the physical puzzle and upon completion, the Gravity Falls pilot episode would be made available* (*more on this later). There was also a virtual puzzle that online users could contribute to. And this was only day four!

When enough of the puzzle was put together the code on it was translated to the address: Corner of Rodney & Tillamook, Portland in Oregon. At the spot, fans discovered a lawn gnome that led to the tourist trap, Confusion Hill in California.

Inside the Confusion Hill shop, an eyeball jar found on a shelf held the next clue – which showed the next location as Stanley St, Amity in Oregon where a geocache was discovered.

The geocache in turn led to a theme park, Enchanted Forest in Turner, Oregon. A fan discovered a ripped puzzle piece that decoded to: “Return to where it all began / The final clue is in your hand / The parchment can be such a tease / The answer’s written in the trees” – GF Wikia

The finale clue led fans back to the original tweet which started the entire Cipher Hunt. There at the bottom of the image was a drawing of the Bill Cipher statue surrounded by trees.

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How to decode the branches and trees? Fans were stumped for days.

Next: Part 2 – Gravity Falls Cipher Hunt

– Essa 🙂