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RESIDENT EVIL: ESCAPE ROOM

Written by Ryan Holloway

Sony Pictures UK brings The Hive to London for an exclusive event marking the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter on DVD & Blu-ray.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the *counts on fingers* sixth film in the most successful franchise based on a video game, (if only people had responded better to the Super Mario Brothers movie, I liked it!) and once again starring Milla Jovovich.

The film is out now on DVD & Blu-ray and I was lucky enough to be invited to a special event held at Breakin' Escapes in Highbury that dared me to step into a special themed escape room and battle to defeat Umbrella Corp.

I arrived early, happy to soak up the eerie atmosphere. What I was not quite prepared for were the very real screams coming from a room down the corridor. These were not recorded, not played for effect, but very real, (gulp).

 

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 As a huge horror fan I have found myself to be surprisingly susceptible to these experiences, instead of being a hardened genre fan who saw A Nightmare on Elm Street at the age of 10 – something I both praise and shame my parents for – I tend to crumble when faced with such immersive occasions.

As I mentally prepared/ distracted myself by reading the back of the Blu-ray box at least 10 times, the other victims, I mean guests, and I were given the opportunity to play the incredibly unsettling PlayStation VR game: Resident Evil 7. Released in January, the game takes the now 21-year-old franchise beautifully into the VR world and creates an edgy, exciting experience that although may leave you slightly queasy, because of the movement I might add, rather than the scary-as-hell zombies, it’s a great game and the perfect start to tonight’s proceedings.

Before we enter The Hive, I (and six others who would now be my team) was told the rules to the game by a ‘scientist’ from Umbrella.  It seems zombies are distracted by light, human flesh and noise. Great, so don’t go in being all fleshy and noisy... I’m dead!

All seems easy enough, go into a room and solve a series of tasks to get out. Piece of T-Virus cake.

As we approach the entrance to The Hive we are met by another Umbrella scientist who seems slightly more jumpy than the previous guy. I’m totally playing it cool... then a zombie walks in and I lose my shit. We are then hurried into The Hive.

 

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 We have 30 minutes to escape, I mean stop Umbrella Corp, and like a toddlers version of The Crystal Maze we flustered about as the clock was ticking. We soon got into our stride however.

As I sat back (mostly because I didn’t have a clue what to do, I was more artistic than academic in school), I clutched a fake limb for dear life and then, my chance came, upon solving a particularly tricky puzzle involving a mechanical arm and some metal balls (something I was definitely lacking) out came a zombie, I held the limb aloft and lead him around the room so that the team could continue with the task at hand, for those 3 minutes I was a hero!

Once I threw the limb into the very doorway we now needed to go through, we skipped with haste into a hallway where our team, now split in two, had to work together, shouting instructions through the door, to solve another tricky task involving coloured lights which needed to be pressed in a certain sequence.   

Once solved it was time to leave, a voice shouting to us to exit through the door we came in through but this time there were lasers (presumably deadly, I remember the first movie!), across the door and our escape had to be perfectly timed. I did the manly thing and left a girl behind flashing a torch to distract our zombie friend and skipped through the door.

We survived, but once more the jittery scientist approached with barely enough time to congratulate us before he needed to hold a zombie at bay with a machine gun.

That’s it, I’m done, off to safety and a beer, oh sweet beer!

The event was a fitting and fun way to celebrate the film’s Home Entertainment release and certainly got me in the mood to watch the movie so a big thank you to Breakin' Escape Rooms and Sony Pictures UK I’m now ready to tackle the undead or to never leave the house again… only time will tell which.

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About The Author
Ryan Holloway
Staff Reviewer
As far back as he can remember Ryan has always had an obsession with films, and horror in particular. 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and ‘Alien’ were the first films that really stuck in the psyche and rather than scarring his tiny mind and running up a huge therapy bill, those films created a fascination with the dark side of life and art. Brought up by Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers (not literally), horror will always fascinate him no matter how absurd, dark, twisted, barmy or just plain wrong. HorrorTalk gives him the opportunity, and excuse, to legitimise his macabre tastes and watch whatever strangeness comes his way.
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