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Escape room has New Yorkers participate in murderous plot

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 01:43

A seemingly-abandoned warehouse in Brooklyn is the set of an immersive horror show featuring a murderous psychopath. Elly Park reports.

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A new kind of horror show is set out to terrify New Yorkers this Halloween season. "This is Real" is an immersive horror experience where participants are captives of a murderous psychopath. Co-creator Paul Smithyman says that the show is designed to evoke primordial fear into its players. SOUNDBITE: 'THIS IS REAL' CO-CREATOR, PAUL SMITHYMAN, SAYING (English) "We come very personally to assail your senses that are related to fear. So making people blind, binding people, these are things that give you a visceral and non-intellectual experience of fear." The show takes its cues from the horror genre and the popular escape room - where players need to solve puzzles to get out. In "This is Real" players must use any means necessary to get out of the warehouse alive, making for an intense, realistic experience. SOUNDBITE: 'THIS IS REAL' PARTICIPANT, AMY CLARK, SAYING (English) "Terrifying. It's like a haunted escape room but the acting was amazing, I was actually terrified the whole time." SOUNDBITE: 'THIS IS REAL' PARTICIPANT AND PH.D. STUDENT, SAHIL CHOPRA, SAYING (English) "It was a great experience. I thought it was one and a half hours of a lot of intensity, you kind of do stuff, you think this way, that way, what could I do? I found something and then." Daredevils brave enough to try the show must act quick though, as "This is Real" is almost completely sold out for the Halloween season.

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Escape room has New Yorkers participate in murderous plot

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 01:43