They have suddenly gained a lot of attention, but what are escape rooms, exactly? These trendy new displays are interactive mind-and-body games set in a place or space where participants must solve a series of puzzles and complete several challenges to escape the room within a limited amount of time.
Often the rooms are themed, creating a haunted house-style effect of full immersion and mystery, and can include elements of genres like horror, sci-fi, and thrillers. Extreme escape rooms often have actors chasing after participants in intricately designed costumes.By adding that extra element of games and challenges to an immersive setting, escape rooms are on track to surpass haunted houses in popularity.
Although escape rooms were initially created in Japan in 2005, there are now many escape room companies with franchise locations all over the United States. Here are the top 10 creepiest escape rooms in the US.
10. John Doe In New York City Crafts A 'Rear Window'-Style Story Of Suburban Paranoia
A New York City-based escape room called John Doe plays upon the type of suburban paranoia that made Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window a hit. The story is that you have a reclusive, mysterious neighbor and you decide to investigate his home one night when he’s out. The story eventually unfurls into a murder mystery, giving you 60 minutes to escape. Part of the terror of this escape room is the constant suspense your shenanigans will be interrupted by the arrival of your potentially homicidal neighbor.
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