Horror movies have never been my forte, but as with any dying genre, it’s only natural for filmmakers to innovate and try new techniques. I’d like to think Hollywood has made this shift just for me; Average Joe Shmoe Movie Watcher. Because it wasn’t until the last year or two that I finally started to see horror movies I LOVE. Movies like: Get Out, A Quiet Place, Annihilation. All heavy hitters. Bird Box loses originality points for me (although it was a book first), but at least I could SEE what they were going for (note the pun). In other words, I don’t like the standard cut/copy horror movies you have to watch through the cracks in your fingers. I like the ones that can keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense and thrills. And I don’t think I’m alone on this island.
Escape Room is a horror movie that can easily be added to the second category I mentioned. Six strangers, all sole survivors from past accidents and tragedies, somehow find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms, and must use their wits to survive. I say “somehow” as if they’re magically teleported into the escape room. The movie opens with each person receiving a puzzle box with the escape room location inside, but as for who sends them these mysterious boxes, well, that’s still a mystery. The movie does a great job at expediting this intro and getting all the players to where they need to be. One of whom, is an escape room aficionado that gives everyone (including the audience) a crash course on escape rooms and how they work. It’s not long after this explanation that they find themselves trapped in a room sized oven!
Honestly, the brilliance of this movie is how intricate each escape room is. For every clue they solve, another obstacle presents itself. And there’s no time for the characters (or audience) to catch their breath, because these rooms are literally designed to be deadly. Any hesitation or false move on their part could be their last. These are the kind of non-stop thrills that separate Escape Room from your average horror movie. Highly recommend if you’re looking for something edgy and outside the box. “Thank you for your service”. Happy Watching!