The horror film “Escape Game 2: The World is a Trap” has been in theaters since August 11. We caught up with director Adam Robitel to discuss his passion for horror films, as well as the future that awaits the Escape Game saga.
Escape Game: Sony’s winning bet
Released on French screens in February 2019, Escape Game directed by Adam Robitel had achieved a very good run at the box office. Indeed, for a budget of only $ 9 million, the film had grossed more than 155 million worldwide. A very lucrative bet, in the vein of Blumhouse productions, which inevitably resulted in a sequel. Baptized Escape Game 2: the world is a trap, the feature film has been in theaters since August 11.
Still directed by Adam Robitel, the film follows six people who meet again involuntarily locked up in a new succession of escape games. They gradually discover their commonalities which can allow them to survive and realize that they have all played this game before.
The recipe is the same as in the original film, except that the universe gets bigger, and the traps turn out to be much more evil.
Escape Game 2: meeting with Adam Robitel
A few weeks ago, we were able to talk to the director of the film Adam Robitel. Comfortably installed at his home in New Hampshire, he told us that his passion for horror movies came to him from his grandmother:
I grew up listening to his ghost stories. I remember bringing friends home, and she told us her creepy stories. I remember seeing my friends terrified while listening to them, and understanding the immense power of storytelling. I love it, being able to manipulate a story to scare people. And with horror films, we can play with everything that the cinema offers us, such as sound, lights, to scare people. I love that.
Child of the 80s, he cites as references Jaws, Poltergeist, or Friday 13, The Exorcist Where Halloween.
His first movie, The strange case of Deborah Logan, was released direct on Netflix in the United States. While he took it for a failure, he received heavy support. Indeed, James Wan saw this film, and then contacted him to work with him on Insidious: the last key.
My meeting with James Wan was decisive, he really gave me confidence. And he’s kind of the reason I made Escape Game. He’s so much the master of horror movies with the Conjuring saga and all the spin-offs that I didn’t feel like doing another ghost movie because I knew I would never do better than him. So I wanted to do something else, and Escape Game arrived. It’s a different kind of fun horror movie that isn’t a haunted house movie.
Regarding Escape Game 2, the universe is growing and we realize that Minos not only controls the escape rooms, but can also manipulate the life and decisions of the participants. A situation that echoes the period in which we live according to Adam Robitel:
We realize that Minos does not only control these deadly pieces. They can also drag you into these traps no matter where you are or what you are doing. The choices you make may be influenced by Minos, without you noticing it. It echoes the pandemic we are going through, and the successive confinements that have deprived us of our freedom for too long.
SinceEscape Game 2 had been made official even before the first film was released, we asked Adam Robitel if a third film was expected:
I really hope so. And I hope to do many more. But it will depend on the audience. Whether the craze is still present or not.
It could therefore be that the saga Escape Game extends even further, and much further than with a third film, as the possibilities of the universe seem endless.