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Exclusive: Saw Escape Room Las Vegas Review, Video Interviews with Creator Jason Egan and Series Star Tobin Bell

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This past Friday Dread Central co-founder Jon Condit and I hopped a plane to Las Vegas, Nevada for the opening night of Egan Productions’ The Official Saw Escape Experience escape room, and came away in sheer awe of the attraction’s ingenuity, complexity, production design and attention to every possible detail. And what better way to become immersed in a fully realized Saw universe, than to also experience it with series star Tobin Bell? Read on.

Arriving to the location (2121 Industrial Road, a mere mile from Egan’s yearly top-ranked Halloween attraction Fright Dome, held October at Adventure Dome at Circus Circus), we were initially greeted by the facility’s two-story, meticulously art designed slaughter house façade, bearing signage reading Egan & Co. MEAT Finer Brand Meat Products (the exterior itself bears no indication of the blockbuster Lionsgate series in which the escape room’s narrative ultimately unfolds), and secondly by Egan and Bell themselves, who invited us into the first room (of thirteen) which comprise the hour and fifteen minute experience.

Commencing at first innocuously enough as we were ushered into what resembled a butcher store front straight out of the 1950’s, ominous underpinnings soon made themselves apparent via a collection of rather unsettling newspaper articles framed upon the walls documenting the plant’s dubious past, as well as by the three-page waiver we were encouraged to sign. On those heels, Egan screened for us an overly cheerful short film in which he starred as the proprietor of the establishment, encouraging us not to touch his “happy employees,” before being provided by Egan’s staff with Gantom Torches, and with that, we were off into the multi-roomed attraction.

In an effort to keep this article as spoiler free as possible, I’m reticent to reveal the horrors that lie within, but will say that by the time Jigsaw’s iconic voice appeared from above to reveal that we were in fact part of a sick game of his own design, whilst surrounded by carcasses of slaughtered bovine, an unsavory aroma, and A-list studio production design (which runs throughout the entire facility), we knew we were in for something special.

As for the game play itself, as an escape room enthusiast, I’ve yet to encounter anything nearly as jaw-dropping as The Official Saw Escape Experience, or as enjoyably difficult. The mechanics of the puzzles here are complex and visually stimulating, requiring effective communication and a decided sense of mental and physical teamwork in order to unravel and ultimately overcome (of which we failed on three separate occasions). I’d predict, in order to ultimately succeed, that visitors may indeed need to make multiple trips, and given the sheer quality of the attraction, that’s not a bad thing (and with Egan possessing an equal amount of undeveloped square footage within the structure, I’d also expect this game to expand into even more harrowing avenues).

Egan has outdone himself here, and as a result has made Las Vegas a worldwide destination with The Official Saw Escape Experience. It’s a horror fan’s wet dream.

Check out our interviews with Bell and Egan above. For tickets, visit The Official SAW Escape Experience online, ‘like’ them on Facebook here, and follow them on Twitter and on Instagram.

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Hulu Premiere of Stephen King’s CASTLE ROCK Includes First 3 Episodes

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Later this summer we will be hit by one of the (potentially) coolest horror TV shows of all-time with Hulu’s Castle Rock. The series is based on the world of Stephen King and comes to us via J.J. Abrams.

And today we not only have new images to share with you guys via EW, but we have news that the first three episodes of the 10-episode first season will be premiering all at once on July 25th!

The three new images feature Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) locked up in Shawshank prison, Sissy Spacek and André Holland talking in a kitchen, and Scott Glenn’s Sheriff Alan Pangborn digging up – or burying – some dark secrets.

You can check out the three new stills from the upcoming series below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The series stars André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy and Scott Glenn. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, and Liz Glotzer. It’s from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The show premieres on Hulu Wednesday, July 25th.

Synopsis:

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock is an original story that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. 

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Did Rob Zombie Plan to Make a Firefly Family Trilogy?

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devilsrejectspost.jpgAs we all know by this point, Rob Zombie has a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects heading our way in early 2019 called 3 From Hell. But did Zombie ever plan to make three entries in the Firefly Family series?

Turns out (obviously?) the answer is no.

Zombie recently spoke with Blabbermouth and said that he never envision the original story spanning three movies back when he first began writing 15 years ago.

After the second one, I thought, ‘We’re done with it,’ but I always think that with every movie,” he said. “And then you kind of live with it for a long time, and the movies sort of take on a life of their own, or they start getting popular and the fans really start embracing them and the characters, and you start thinking, ‘Well… Hmmm… What if I did this? What if I did that?’ This one, it’s 14 years in between the two films, so it’s been a long time; it wasn’t really a rush to make it, by any means.”

All said and done, are you glad Zombie went back to the Firefly clan for another film? I guess we’ll see… Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

3 From Hell is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Austin Stoker, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Clint Howard, Bill Oberst Jr., David Ury, Tom Papa, Danny Trejo, Dot-Marie Jones, Richard Riehle, Richard Edson, Pancho Moler, Sean Whalen, Kevin Jackson, and Dee Wallace.

Related: What the Hell Happens in 3 From Hell? Let’s Speculate!

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SUSU Trailer Exudes Both British and J-Horror Vibes

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A trailer has been released for Susu, a psychological thriller set in England that follows two Chinese friends who are invited to a countryside house to transcribe some Chinese films. Judging by the trailer, it really looks like this film will mix classic British horror with a subtle J-horror atmosphere that melds two different styles of the genre into one fascinating example.

The film will be making its US premiere at the AMC Pacific Place in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, June 5.

Qi’an and Aimo are close friends and students living in London. Having been offered a weekend job as Chinese language translators, they travel to an old English family mansion in the countryside to transcribe the films of a Chinese Kunqu Opera star Susu, who married into the English family. Though the two girls are intrigued by the mansion’s enormous collection of items from the golden age of cinema, Qi’an and Aimo quickly become unsettled by the strange environment and the mansion’s occupants, hoping to get out of there as soon as possible. Their exit is delayed, though, with the arrival of the handsome heir to the house, Benjamin; both girls develop an affection for him, leading to a growing tension between the two friends. But when Aimo goes missing, Qi’an discovers the disturbing secrets that the mansion’s occupants would rather not reveal.

Written and directed by Yixi Sun, Susu stars Zitong Wu, Frederick Szkoda, Steve Edwin, Zhu Lin, and Junjie Mao.

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