Escape Films: Best 10 Escape Room Movies


February 2018

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony is just a month away and I’ve definitely been on a movie watching spree during these last couple of months. If you’re like me, you might also be checking out these high-caliber Oscar-nominated movies, and if you’re checking out our blog you probably have some level of interest for escape rooms. So let’s take the best of both worlds!

These movies are perfect for escape room enthusiasts and film fans alike! You might even learn an escape tactic or two along the way. In no particular order, these are the best “escape room” movies:

Jumanji (1995)

Not so much a movie about escaping a room or location, but all about finishing and beating the game! The board game’s crystal ball reveals one cryptic message after the other. The only way to win is to keep rolling with the punches… or jungle stampedes. [Official Trailer]

Rating: PG
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Main Cast: Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

With a modern twist on the 1995 film, Jumanji’s protagonists find themselves trapped inside a video game and need to find a way out. Similar to an escape room’s 60 minute time challenge, each player only has three lives to interpret clues, solve puzzles, evade danger, beat every level, and escape the virtual reality. No big deal, right?  [Official Trailer]

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Main Cast: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas

The Maze Runner (2014)

Based on James Dashner’s 2009 young adult dystopian novel, the prisoners of the Glade must find a way out. But no one has ever survived the Maze. With the Maze constantly in a state of flux, the selected Runners are tasked to outrun danger and outwit the Maze in order to escape. [Official Trailer]

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Young Adult, Action, Sci-Fi
Main Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Sequels: Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

Cube (1997)

Cube is less horror movie and more escape room-esque. A small group of people finds themselves “locked” in what seems like a large cube—a rotating cube. With a hatch on each face of the room that rotates every so often, the group must find the correct hatch by solving the clues written on the door. Choose the wrong door and it will be their last.  [Official Trailer]

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi
Main Cast: Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint, David Hewlett

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

I don’t want to spoil anything for this movie, so let’s just say the resolution is a long time coming. This story follows the lives of inmates imprisoned at Shawshank State Penitentiary, their relationships, and the injustice they witness. Sometimes the best virtue to practice in an escape room is patience, and The Shawshank Redemption is a testament to that. [Official Trailer]

Rating: R
Genre: Crime, Drama
Main Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton

Rescue Dawn (2006)

This war drama is based on the true story of a courageous German-American pilot named Dieter Dengler. Shot down from his Skyraider and captured by villagers, Dengler must work with his fellow prisoners and risk being killed in order to escape. [Official Trailer]

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Main Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

Panic Room (2002)

A mother and daughter move into a new house and on the same day, there’s a break in. Lucky, huh? The mother, played by Jodie Foster, locks herself and her daughter in the titular panic room as the burglars attempt to break in. As the intruders try to draw the family out of the room, they must thwart their threats and find a safe way to escape. [Official Trailer]

Rating: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Main Cast: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam

Split (2016)

This is an escape plot with a terrifying twist that you’ll have to watch to find out. Three teenagers are kidnapped by a man suffering from dissociative personality disorder. The girls will have to outsmart each of their captor’s personalities in order to escape the underground cell and reach safety. [Official Trailer]

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Horror
Main Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson

The Great Escape (1963)

Based on the true story, a group of captive soldiers needs to make a huge escape from a German POW camp in the midst of World War II. What’s the key to escape? Wit. These soldiers must outsmart their captors in order to find refuge.  [Official Trailer]

Rating: NR
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Main Cast: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough

Saw (2004)

With a serial killer named Jigsaw, how can you not expect some deadly puzzles? Only given challenges and obscure riddles, Jigsaw’s victims must escape for their lives. No hint buttons. “I want to play a game.” Me too, Jigsaw, but how about we just go to an escape room this time? [Official Trailer]

Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Main Cast: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover
Sequels: Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010)

Have you seen any of these films? Or maybe you plan to. Test your mind and notice the escape tactics and problem-solving strategies shown in these escape movies. And then let’s see if you can apply them in an escape room and beat the clock… Sounds like a challenge to me!

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