9 Scary Escape Rooms In Real Prisons

Escape rooms started to become really popular some years ago, as they are really excited games. Anyone who plays, gets so invested into the game as time is ticking and they have to discover the clues, solve the puzzles, and accomplish the tasks in order to escape from their “prisons” and win.

Escape rooms usually have a story line or theme. The most popular themes are of detective/police/crime style. Now, imagine yourself trying to escape from a real life prison.

While most escape rooms are set and decorated accordingly to the story line, there are those who thrive off authenticity. Which is why there are plenty of escape rooms that are placed in real abandoned prisons to create an ominous and creepy atmosphere for an extra level of horror.

1.Maui Escape Rooms

In Maui, Hawaii, the Prison Break is a 60 minute escape room set in West Maui County Prison for all levels players. Players are separated in two adjacent cells to start. It costs $38 per player. Gather your friends as groups of 4 to 10 people are needed to find a way out before the guard comes back.

2.Code Breakers

Set in Christchurch, New Zealand in the extensive holding cells of the former District Court where you are sent completely blindfolded and handcuffed into a briefing room within the prison. You only have one hour to escape.

3. Shepton Mallet Prison

In this escape room, you have been sentenced to 12 years of jail for robbery, though you are giving one hour to commute your sentence, if you give up the mastermind of the heist as the governors only knows you were part of the robbery but not the actual mastermind of it.

What’s interesting is that it was the oldest working prison in the United Kingdom as it was built in 1610, up until its closure not so long ago, in March 2013.

It´s considered as one of the most haunted prisons in the world.

4.Prison Break Miami

Fox in a box gives players one hour to escape as the guards have all vanished after a riot, so you have the chance to save yourself. It’s a real decommissioned 1960’s jail from Iowa installed into the rooms to get a more realistic experience.

5.The Cornwall Jail

From 1863 to 2002, the Historic Cornwall Jail in Ottawa, Canada was a high-security prison for inmates condemned to die. Some say there are still bodies buried in the rec yard. After a false accusation, you and the rest of your team will have an hour to solve the crime unless you want to stay locked away forever.

6.Buchanan Jail

The former historic Ross-Sanders building in downtown Buchanan, Michigan,  housed decrepit jail cells with chains still hooked to the walls which were perfect to create this escape room and make it more authentic. It has quite an original story line, starting from Frank Costello, a man that has been detained while you and your friends have intentionally committed a crime so now you’ll be all locked up. Once inside, you have to help the man to escape without setting off the alarm. You will be hand-cuffed and locked in actual jail cells with only one hour to set him free.

7.Pärnu Prison Escape

Pärnu prison was closed in 2007 and now serves as a home for the biggest Escape Room complex in Scandinavia. The prison hides many stories behinds its walls and it’s so big that up to 24 people can be part of the game. Unlike other escape rooms that give you one hour to resolve the puzzles, this one is a three-hour long game which makes escaping to be challenging and way to get your adrenaline pumping.

8.Amaze Escape

It’s the only escape room in real jail cells located in Arlington, Massachusetts. They offer two options, to try and solve the puzzle in one hour to escape before the guards come for you or the newest addition named ‘Art of the Heist’, where you are part of a group of professional thieves that have been hired to recover a priceless suitcase. You only have 60 minute to recover the suitcase before the police return.

9.Franklin County Historic Jail

What makes this escape room so interesting is that it was once a real prison in Illinois with a notorious prisoner, who was held at the Franklin County Jail from June 1927 to April 1928. He tried to bust a way out, but his attempt was unsuccessful, so you’ll have one hour to prove if you are smarter than him to escape from the lower cell block.

Have you ever gone to a escape room?

Top 6 Podcasts For Fans Of All Things Paranormal

Podcasts have become very popular for a while now as they can be listened to at home, in the car or while you’re out on a walk through headphones and there’s a wide variety of topics to choose, from sports,  music to movies. Any topic you may be interested in can usually be found via podcast.

An all time favorite to listen to are podcasts related to strange and unusual events, some of which have no logical explanation. Having a collection of podcasts of all things paranormal is a must if you really into these kind of topics as the stories told can turn very intriguing. Here is a list of 5 podcasts so you can dig into a mysterious universe which is fascinating and chilling at the same time.

  1. Astonishing Legends

The ‘Click and Clack of esoterica’. That’s how the listeners call hosts Scott and Forrest.

Expect to hear about mysterious events that occurred throughout history and interviews from people who’ve had close encounters with the unexplained.

Show schedule is generally 3 weeks on and 1 week off.

  1. Mysterious Universe

A podcast for UFO lovers. Aaron and Benjamin invite you to listen to weekly episodes related to futurology, weird science, consciousness research, alternative history, cryptozoology, UFOs, and new-age absurdity.

  1. REAL PARANORMAL ACTIVITY – THE PODCAST/NETWORK

A podcast hosted by Aaron Hunter. He tells the stories of those who have experienced paranormal activity as well as it gathers interviews with Mediums, Psychics, Investigators and more.

  1. Oh No, Ross & Carrie

Hosts report on fringe science, spirituality, and claims of the paranormal while they also join religions, undergo alternative treatments and seek out the paranormal.

  1. Nighttime

Get to know about Canada’s most fascinating stories of true crime, mysteries, weird places, events and people.

  1. Serial

If you haven’t heard of Serial, is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig and one of the best out there since 2014 as it ranked number one even before its debut.

It has three seasons narrating true stories over multiple episodes which will have you so intrigued over the cases exposed from the very beginning.

Will you give them a listen?

What’s Beneath Us? Learn About The Mysteries That Hide These 7 Underground Cities Of The World

There are many underground cities around the world and plenty of history of a life that once was and activities few people ever heard about surrounding their passageways, ancient tunnels, and urban legends.

Back in the day, many reasons could have driven people underground, as to war, natural disasters, weather, lack of space on the surface and others and while the cities were built for different purposes before,  most of them are now fully functional urban spaces. Check out these 7 amazing underground cities around the world and learn some interesting facts.

1. Shanghai Tunnels, Portland, United States

Portland has its own underground city known as the Shanghai Tunnels, also known as the Portland Underground. Supposedly it once consisted of tunnel passageways linking Portland’s Old Town (Chinatown), to the central Downtown area.

Back in the day,  many downtown bars and hotels had their basements linked to the Willamette River waterfront so ships could unload the goods directly to the basements for storage and as a way to avoid rain and heavy traffic.

There are rumors that the tunnels had also been used for the practice of ‘shanghaiing’, which means kidnapping people for them to serve as sailors.

Nowadays, you can actually take a secure walking tour and explore a a portion of the Shanghai Tunnels.

2. Underground Cherkizovsky Market Town, Moscow, Russia

This may not be considered completely as such but in 2013 a police raid found hundreds of migrant workers in an ‘underground town’ in Moscow.

More than 200 people were hidden beneath the capital’s Cherkizovsky Market. The police discovered a subterranean factory containing work rooms filled with sewing machines, along with living quarters, a cafe, a cinema, a casino, and a chicken coop.

An explanation for this was that the Cherkizovsky Market -also known as Cherkizon- was the largest marketplace in Izmaylovo District, Moscow, but after authorities closed it down in 2009 due to numerous forbidden activities. Many workers moved under the streets of Moscow where they continued to live and operate their businesses.

3. Edinburgh Vaults, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Edinburgh Vaults, also called the South Bridge Vaults, are a series of chambers formed within the 19 arches of South Bridge. The vaults were opened back in 1788 to house taverns, cobblers, cutlers, smelters and other tradesmen, but also to store forbidden materials.

It is rumor that serial killers such as Burke and Hare used to store various bodies down there and sold them for medical experiments. As businesses started to move out and the vaults became home to the city’s poorest souls.

Nowadays, the wet chambers give off a feel of ghastliness but you can actually visit them and listen to the guide’s shivering stories of the ghosts still lingering around.

4. Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow, Poland

Just over 9 miles outside of Krakow, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was built back in the 13th century and had produced table salt continuously until 2007. It has other names like the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland or the Royal Salt Mine.

The mine was used for Nazis as a munitions factory and from being a series of dark caves, this underground salt city evolved to a complex labyrinth featuring over 185 miles of galleries, about 3000 chambers, 9 floors, surrounded by lots of chandeliers, a large numbers of statues and an entire cathedral, all made from rock salt. In fact, the first three floors are open to the public.

There are a lot of guided tour options, you can get to know the history of the salt mine in the Miners’ Tour or if you want to learn more about the religious aspects, the Pilgrims’ Tour includes a visit to the salt statue of John Paul II and a Holy Mass at the end.

5.     Derinkuyu, Turkey

Back in the day, the city was known as Malakopea and Christians used to hid there from Arab invaders. Later, Derinkuyu’s residents moved underground to escape invaders in Byzantine times as the Roman Empire was collapsing.

So nowadays Derinkuyu is a popular tourist attraction located down to 85 feet deep and the largest and best known of nearly 200 underground cities in Turkey’s Nevsehir Province.

6.     Leavenworth, Kansas, USA

Beneath the streets of this small Kansas town, there are tunnels and vaults that stretch under downtown Leavenworth and connect several of the town’s buildings. Yet it is full of mystery since nobody knows who built the underground city or as to why, though it can be accessed through several points.

It is said that the tunnels may have served as hiding places before the Civil War or during the war itself. Another possibility is that the tunnels were built to hide and move liquor back in the day when alcohol was not permitted yet in the United States as some of the tunnels lead to breweries.

7.     Coober Pedy, South Australia

It’s a small town often referred to as the “opal capital of the world” because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there.

It’s considered as an underground city because many of the residents live in two or three-bedroom caves called dugouts due to the high temperatures in the region that frequently exceeds 40 °C in the summer. In fact, it’s usually so hot that golfers at the town only play at night using glow in the dark balls.

The inhabitants have many underground facilities as well, from shops and churches to an underground graveyard.

Have you heard of these underground cities before?

Disney’s Halloweentown Actually Exists And You Can Visit It This Fall

The Disney movie is one of our favorites to watch every year, but imagine if it was possible to visit the mystical place where witches, vampires and monsters of all sorts live in peace. Well, you actually can because it’s a real place.

In 1998, Disney’s classic “Halloweentown” was filmed in St. Helens, Oregon and ever since, they transform their Riverfront District into the Spirit of Halloweentown, a celebration of all things spooky.

The event is made to celebrate Halloween throughout October and every year it attracts tens of thousands of visitors that immerse themselves between giant scarecrows, fall colors and merchants turned to immortal forms as fairies, witches ghosts, and ghouls.

They decorate everything with such detail just like the recreation of the Giant Pumpkin to make you feel as if you are a part of the iconic movie and also you’ll find yourself with a huge feast as they offer traditional fall eats like nachos, homemade cakes and pies, caramel apples, chili, chowder and candy all around.

This year, the celebration will start from September 26 and will last to November 1. The Giant Pumpkin will be lighted up in October 3 and stays lit throughout the month which takes the celebration to another level.

And as they take Halloween very seriously, there are a lot of things to experience and see such as the Haunted Hotel which is a scary new attraction; the Museum of Peculiarities and Oddities, an Alien Exhibit, street performances, a tiny parade of pumpkins and many more.

There are several types of tickets and are limited right now as they are following orders regarding recommendations during the pandemic. Remember this is for everyone to have fun but also to keep you safe. So tickets are offered online only in order to control crowd numbers. To check prices and purchase your type of ticket, you can visit their website here.

“We’re passionate about celebrating Halloween and can’t wait to see you in 2020!” reads in their description.

Would you like to visit it?

Be spooky With Target’s No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Kits

Halloween wouldn’t feel like it, if there weren’t pumpkins all around.  Carving a pumpkin may be fun but for some getting your pumpkin to resemble anything other than a smiley face ends up being more like a stressful rather entertaining task.

However there are so many other ways to decorate a pumpkin for those who want skip the process of  removing the seeds of it or anyone who wants to try something different.

Currently, Target is selling a variety of Disney pumpkin decorating kits that are fa-boo-lous.

It’s a good option for the little ones, as they include a container of paint, a sponge, as well as the pieces for the eyes, nose, and mouth which are all push-in so you can easily craft your pumpkin’s face once the paint has dried. Each kit has an affordable cost of $10.

You can choose between Jack Skellington and Sally pumpkin push-in decorating kits inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas (or why not taking both for a perfect combination?)

There’s also a Cinderella pumpkin decorating kit which is an eight-piece set to recreate the Pumpkin Coach, the carriage made for Cinderella by her Fairy Godmother so she can attend the ball.

If you are a Star Wars fans, there’s one for you, a decorating kit of six pieces to make your pumpkin look like R2-D2!

There’s also another version of Jack Skellington’s decoration kit which include 2 eyes a nose and a mouth just like the lovable movie character but instead of the original colors, you can paint it in an orangish color just like a real gourd. After all, he’s the Pumpkin King.

Target is also selling more options that are not Disney-related pumpkin decoration kits, such as one of Wonder Woman, Batman, PAW Patrol’s Marshall, Trolls’ Poppy and Dave, the Minion. All for the same price.

These kits are definitely a great way to easily decorate your pumpkin and have some fun with the family.  You can purchase yours here.

Decor Your House With These New Series Of Expressionist Horror Portraits

Imagine your walls covered in artwork of your favorite horror icons? A different way to show your true horror lover but in a sophisticated and classy way.

Matthew Therrien is a Canadian illustrator and creative director who makes illustrations of 80’s horror films.

He has well-known clients as Warner Bros. or SYFY Channel as he specialize himself in key art (film posters), event posters, album covers and other marketing material. But he also creates storyboard art, concept art, custom portraiture, and graphic design services.

His artworks go from $20 to $150 depending on the size and material used for the final product. Therrien has pieces from Elm Street, Scream, IT, Michael Myers as well as many poster art of horror movies.

Currently, a series of expressionist horror portraits are available as limited edition signed/numbered giclee prints of the entire Friday the 13th collection and Nightmare on Elm Street collection.

The series pays tribute to the many films and faces of the legendary Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger along with original pencil art and more.

To purchase, you can visit his website in which you can also see more of his illustrations of other characters such as Wendy Torrance and Leatherface. You can even contact him for commissions and inquire the availability and price of a new piece.

Therrien is on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as to keep a closer look to his work.

What do you think about his illustrations?

Resident Evil Live-Action TV Series Has Been Confirmed By Netflix

Resident Evil, was originally a Japanese video game owned by Capcom and created by  Shinji Mikami and Tokuro Fujiwara in 1996. The story follows outbreaks of zombies and other monsters created mainly by the Umbrella Corporation which became a comercial success.

It has sold over 103 million units worldwide as of June 2020 and it’s been adapted into comic books, novels, audio dramas, merchandise  animated films and live-action films which are in fact, the highest-grossing film series based on video games.

Resident Evil has been credited with popularizing survival horror games and lead an interest in zombie films on mainstream popular culture from the late 1990s onwards.

Netflix has now announced that they were developing a live-action Resident Evil series on August 27, 2020. It will consist of eight episodes of one hour long with a story that takes place over two timelines, which are set before and after the T-virus.

Recently, Netflix Spain uploaded a picture of the script for the series, “New Raccoon City, be ready: there will be a live action ‘Resident Evil’ series and Bronwen Hughes (‘The Walking Dead’) will direct the first two episodes. Coming soon”, they wrote via Twitter.

In the first timeline, Jade and Billie Wesker moves to New Raccoon City only to realize that their father may be hiding murky secrets that could destroy the world. The second timeline takes place a decade later and follows Jade, now thirty, in her efforts to survive in a world in which only 15 million humans remain, with over 6 billion animals and people being infected with the T-virus.

The series still doesn’t have a release date, however it was confirmed that Andrew Dabb (Supernatural) will serve as showrunner, and Bronwen Hughes (The Walking Dead) will executive-produce and direct the first two episodes as previosuly mentioned. Moreover, Constantin Film who have previously produced the Resident Evil film series, will also serve as the studio behind the series.

Dabb assured that he is very excited to be part of this project. “’Resident Evil’ is my favorite game of all time,” Dabb said “I’m incredibly excited to tell a new chapter in this amazing story and bring the first ever ‘Resident Evil’ series to Netflix members around the world.”

Although the cast that will give life to this story has not yet been chosen, Dabb promises a series worth the wait for, “For every type of ‘Resident Evil’ fan, including those joining us for the first time, the series will be complete with a lot of old friends, and some things (bloodthirsty, insane things) people have never seen before.”

Are you a ‘Resident Evil’ fan?

‘Welcome to Blumhouse’ First Teaser Reveals Four Unsettling Films Launching Next Month

Blumhouse, the production company founded by Jason Blum is known mainly for producing horror films, such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Get Out, The Purge, and many more.

Back in the fall of 2018, Amazon Studios announced a partnership with Blumhouse, for a series of eight new horror films set to debut on Amazon Prime.

A first teaser for the horror collection titled, “Welcome to the Blumhouse” has been released in which we can see some glimpses of each of the first four films set to launch next month. The films have in common themes of family and love as well as redemptive or destructive forces.

“We are excited to launch ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’ with this exhilarating and provocative slate of original films for the first time ever on Prime Video. This collection from diverse and emerging filmmakers was a thrill to put together with our wonderful partners at Blumhouse Television,” said Julie Rapaport, Co-Head of Movies for Amazon Studios.

“These chilling stories have something for everyone – ready to fright and delight genre fans and newcomers alike – and we are excited to share them with our global Prime Video customers.”

“We’re beyond excited that the visions of these talented filmmakers will finally be seen by genre fans around the world, especially during this time when people are seeking to escape and be entertained. And we love the innovative idea of programming like the classic drive-in or repertory theater experience,” said Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold, co-presidents Blumhouse Television. “Amazon have been incredible partners, linking arms and supporting the creative visions throughout the process of making these films.”

The first four movies will arrive in October just in time for Halloween. Two of them will hit on October 6.

THE LIE: It tells the story of a married couple that tries to cover up their teenage daughter who took the life of her best friend. The film will star by Mireille Enos (The Killing), Peter Sarsgaard (An Education) and Joey King (The Act), and directed by Veena Sud (The Killing).

BLACK BOX: After being involved in an accident and losing his wife, a man who also lost his memory, agrees to an experimental treatment that goes very wrong. Starring Mamoudou Athie (Jurassic World 3) and Phylicia Rashad (Creed) and directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. (Born with It).

The other two entries will arrive a week later, on October 13.

EVIL EYE: Based off the award-winning, best-selling Audible Original production from writer Madhuri Shekar, it tells the story of a mother who believes that her daughter’s boyfriend is connected to her dark past, which will bring terrible consequences. Starring Sarita Choudhury (Lady in the Water), Sunita Mani (GLOW), Omar Maskati (Unbelievable), and Bernard White (Silicon Valley). The film is irected by Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani (A Day’s Work) and produced by Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

NOCTURNE: A young musician begins to outshine her twin sister after discovering a mysterious notebook (belonging to a dead student) increases her talent. This film is written and directed by Zu Quirke, as his first film and stars Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria), Madison Iseman (Anabelle Comes Home) and Jacques Colimon (The Society).

Here the teaser…

The rest of the collection will stream in 2021. So get ready to ‘unsettle in‘, for the upcoming horror movies.

Netflix Revealed First Trailer And Release Date For The Haunting Of Bly Manor

“The Haunting of Hill House” directed by Mike Flanagan debuted on Netflix back in 2018 and turned into one of the greatest horror series that made possible to work in a new season for the streaming platform, The Haunting of Bly Manor” which has now an official trailer and release date.

The most anticipated sequel will be based on the 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James as the ‘backbone’ of this season.

 “The Turn of the Screw” tells the story of a governess in charge of two children that have experienced a traumatic situation as their former governess died under strange circumstances. While the plot remains a mystery yet, we can expect something very close to the book mixed with elements of other stories from the same author such The Jolly Corner” and “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes” as Flanagan confirmed earlier.

 ‘Bly Manor’ is expected to be scarier than Hill House. Flanagan told Birth.Movies.Death, “We’re looking at all the ghost stories of Henry James as the jumping-off point for the season, so it very much is a whole new deal. It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about Season 1, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time. For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary. I already think it’s much scarier than Season 1, so I’m very excited about it.

The series will feature the return of several actors from the previous season even though, they will be playing different roles while Rahul Kohli, T’Nia Miller, Amelia Eve, and young actors Amelie Smith and Benjamin Ainsworth have been added to the cast as new characters.

Flanagan confirmed before that the filming for ‘Bly Manor’ was able to be completed before all productions were pushed back due to the pandemic so it was definitely expected to be release this year and now we have an official date for the series which promises to be as frightening and smart as “The Haunting of Hill House”.

 “The Haunting of Bly Manor” will hit Netflix on October 9th. Watch the first trailer for the horror series in the video below.

What do you think about the trailer?

 

5 Ghost Tours To Visit For a Scare This Fall

We previously mentioned that drive-thru haunted houses are coming to different parts of the US to save Halloween this year after the pandemic is still ongoing and as we are entering into September, we have the urge to find more reasons to welcome the spooky season and keep the spirit up.

If you love all things Halloween, ghost tours are not just quite entertaining and scary, they also can be educational. Here, are 5 ghost tours that you can visit for a scare this Fall.

Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours – Eureka Springs, Arkansas

“The haunted hotel where some guests checked out… but never left” You probably have heard many stories coming from America’s most haunted hotel however, there are many tales yet to hear about. From the “Girl in the Mist” to “the Lady in the Victorian lingerie in room 3500”. It’s a 75min walk tour  that starts around 8 pm. Tickets cost $24.50 per person plus tax. Children under the age of 12 can receive a discount at the selected tour times: 6:30 PM and 7 PM.

Spellbound Voodoo, Vampires, and Ghosts Tour Salem, Massachusetts

A guided tour of Salem’s most haunted sites. It’s been running for over 15 years and it’s a trip to the dark side of Salem’s sinister past. You get to learn about what really happened during the infamous Salem Witch Trials, discover startling information about true New England vampirism and be amazed by tales of real documented paranormal activity while also visiting one the most haunted homes in the country.

There are two tours each day. One at 2 PM and the other at 8 PM. Tickets start at $8 for a 90 minutes spooky adventure.

Ghost & Gravestones –Boston, Massachusetts

It’s a trolley tour based on the unusual occurrences, apparitions and strange legends of the city since 1998. From April to October, tours are daily and begin from 6 PM. On November, there are tours only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 PM onwards. It’s a 90 minute long tour. Sometimes there are promos at ther website to save some money, so tickets can cost from $34 to $42.

Haunted Savanah Tours

A 105 minute guided tour to find the spirits that still haunt Savannah. You can learn and experience yourself as to why Savannah, Georgia has been awarded America’s Most Haunted City. You can hear stories about paranormal activity,  tread across forgotten graves, and learn what really happened in the looming, haunted mansions. There are daily tours that starts at 9 pm. Prices goes from $11.99 to 24.99.

Ybor City’s Ghost Tour

Near Tampa, Florida, an informative, entertaining and scary walk tour takes place, the Ybor City’s ghost tour. A guide will explain to you about real people stories, folklore and ghosts Since the city is full of history, it’s also reputed with apparitional sightings. The tour takes approximately 120 minutes. There are daily tours that starts at 8 pm. Prices goes from $10 to $25.

Will you go and visit them?