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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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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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