Faces of Terror 2017

This book presents 64 types of antagonists. Short lists of horror or horror-adjacent movies featuring these antagonists are suggested. The movies are ranked in order of preference. The antagonists are divided in five categories: viscera, society, science, folklore and afterlife.

Each film description contains a synopsis and a star rating.

Escape Room

Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms.

 

United States
Canada
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Lurer
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Crash
Fire
Object: 
Drug
6
No breathing room!
7.04
4
7.04
7.04
3
4
2
Effects
Editing
Plot
The thing with a movie like Escape Room is that it is so marketable its title sells the hook. It is based on a social phenomenon by the same name that has been gaining in popularity lately. Much like the film, the success of escape rooms can be attributed to horror franchises like Saw and Cube, and haunting attractions. For lack of a better term, let’s call Escape Room “puzzle horror”.
The six protagonists, strangers to each other, are of various ages, backgrounds, and social classes. Half of them are obnoxious, and all are stereotypes. That being said, the things we find annoying about this movie tend to dissipate as it grows on us. You’d have to be picky not to enjoy yourself, here, despite how easily the characters solves the riddles and mysteries.
Escape Room is unrealistic and far-fetched. The script is puerile. Suspend your disbelief and you’ll have a good time. Each room has its challenges and its own personality. This is a big movie with massive special effects and expensive environments. Once you’ve accepted its eccentricities, you won’t want it to end. You could, by then, take ten other rooms, and perhaps a sequel or two...
Alternate Titles: 
Escape Game
The Maze
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