Studiocanal has teamed with the experiential specialist Hourglass Escapes to launch the first licensed escape room based on the classic horror comedy, Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.
In a deal brokered by CLC, Hourglass Escapes’ venture will see players enter the all-too-familiar cabin in the woods, where they will have until dawn (or 60 minutes, whichever comes first) to find the Kandarian dagger and destroy the book of the dead.
They must do so before the evil dead swallows their souls…. Well, face the shame of not completing the puzzle.
Fans of the film can expect deadites, chainsaws, a very strange deer head, a chained up cellar door and plenty of horrifying surprises, including a cameo by Twin Peaks star Andrea Hays.
Hourglass Escapes creates challenging escape rooms known for their production values and immersive storylines. The puzzles are developed by a former Universal Studios Orlando scenic animatronic artist, Seth Wolfson.
“Every part of the design phase we stop and ask if this fits into the Evil Dead 2 universe,” said Wolfson. “We want this to be a great Evil Dead 2 experience and a well-respected escape room on its own merit.”
Wolfson is joined by set and prop designer Regan MacStravic, makeup FX artist Tim Peirson, video designer Ben Rock and veteran escape room composer David Chesnut.
“It’s an honour to be the first team ever entrusted with creating an escape room out of my all time favourite horror film,” said Wolfson/ “It’s a dream come true.”
The original Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn Escape Room will open in July this year.