With Deadline reporting a new release date for Escape Room, 2019 just got a whole lot more bone-chilling.

The upcoming thriller, the newest film from director Adam Robitel, has been in production since August 2017. With a cast including Logan Miller (Love, Simon), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood, Daredevil), Taylor Russell (Down A Dark Hall), Tyler Labine (Super Troopers 2, New Amsterdam), Jay Ellis (Insecure), and Nik Dodani (Behold My Heart), the film has gotten some serious attention from horror-watchers across the internet.


Escape Room was originally titled The Maze when it began casting and production; the name change came in May. Originally Escape Room was supposed to be released September 30th, 2018, but Sony pushed the release date back.

In a description compared by many to David Fincher’s 1997 film The GameEscape Room‘s official synopsis so far is:

“a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to survive.”


Robitel’s previous work has made his name in the cinematic world of chills and thrills. He co-wrote and directed 2014’s The Taking Of Deborah Logan.  It was a standout among a glut of work in both the “found-footage” and “paranormal happenings” sub-genres of horror cinema.  That film is on the surface a found-footage documentary about an Alzheimer’s patient. As the documentary unwinds, however, it turns out something far more disturbing has taken hold of the patient. The film has received critical praise since it’s release, garnering an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Robitel’s sleeper success led to his involvement in a pair of venerable horror franchises. He is a writer on 2015’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the sixth installment of the Paranormal Activity series. He is also the director of Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth installment of the Insidious series.


Escape Room‘s official release date is January 4th, 2019. It’s about time we got an ‘escape room’ themed horror movie (if you don’t count the Saw Franchise). What do you think?