A thousand times a day, all over the world, people volunteer to get locked up for fun….. sounds like a perfect premise for a horror movie doesn’t it?
That is what director/co-writer/producer Will Wernick (“Valley Heist (Short)”, “Alone”) thought when fellow producer Jeff Delson pitched that idea while another project they were working on was in development hell as they say. Within three short months after that, they had a script and the financing in place for Escape Room.
This tells the story of five friends who go with Tyler, played by Evan Williams (“Versailles (TV)”, “Ride”) to an elite, secretive Escape Room to celebrate his 30th Birthday.
This outing was a surprise gift from Tyler’s girlfriend Christen, with Elisabeth Hower (“Suits (TV)”, “Louie (TV)”) in that role. Over the course of the night, they all learn this game and their own relationships to each other are not what they seem, while they race against the clock to get out alive.
When I first heard about this movie it felt like an obvious setting for a horror film. I made my way around the store isles and swiped the DVD off the shelf.
Part of the reason must have been because I have gone through two escape rooms before. Like most major cities, Orlando Florida has plenty of escape rooms to choose from. Let me tell you, when you are trapped in a room with people and have to work together to get out, people start to show their true selves, and tensions can rise.
The script did well to incorporate all the elements of going through one of these rooms, while also making it an enjoyable thriller.
Noah Dorsey (“Merchants Of Venice (Short)”, “Mr. Miller Dahl (Short)”) is credited as the writer of Escape Room while Will Wernick took a story by nod for his original draft.
They did well to stay authentic to how escape rooms work. There are various clues and puzzles to solve which allows the characters to progress from room to room…. but with a deadly twist.