FANTASTIC FEST GOES TO HELL! Enter the Devil’s Sanctum for a One-of-a-Kind Experience in the Alamo Drafthouse’s First-Ever Halloween Escape Room

Enter the Devil’s Sanctum for a One-of-a-Kind Experience
in the Alamo Drafthouse’s First-Ever Halloween Escape Room
Austin, TX – Friday, September 9, 2016 – Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest and The Highball are proud to unleash their first-ever escape room challenge, the Satanic Panic Room, where thrill-seekers find themselves at the mercy of the Devil himself. Produced by Bottleneck Immersive, the Satanic Panic Room will open to the public for daily bookings during Fantastic Fest at The Highball beginning Friday, September 23, and will continue on weeknights and have full weekend hours throughout October for the perfect Halloween season experience.
Escape rooms are physical, real life race-against-the-clock adventures. In the Satanic Panic Room, a group of four victims — er, players — are locked in and have to find their way out. These would-be Devil’s disciples will be cloaked in ritual garb, blindfolded, and led to a dimly lit chamber. There they’ll be shackled and given 45 minutes to solve a series of exciting, innovative and demonically difficult puzzles in a room steeped in Satanic cult atmosphere. It’s up to each group to search for clues, crack codes and work as a team to win over the Dark Lord and rule by his side — or fail and become the demon’s next sacrifice.
“Every year we try to innovate new signature events to be a part of the Fantastic Fest experience,” says Fantastic Fest founder Tim League. “Over the last couple of years, our team has become obsessed with escape rooms and set out this year to reimagine the concept with a decidedly demented Fantastic Fest flavor.”
The Satanic Panic Room has been lovingly (and demonically) engineered by critically-acclaimed designers Bottleneck Immersive to create a heart-pounding, fun and memorable experience.
The Satanic Panic Room is located within the bowels of The Highball, next to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar at 1120 South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, TX.
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Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past the festival has been home to world premieres of BONE TOMAHAWK, JOHN WICK, FRANKENWEENIE, MACHETE KILLS, RED DAWN, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, ZOMBIELAND and RED while the guest roster has included such talent as Tim Burton, Nicolas Winding-Refn, Lilly and Lana Wachowski, Robert Rodriguez, Rian Johnson, Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Keanu Reeves, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder, Edward Norton, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Karl Urban, Josh Hartnett, The RZA, Dolph Lundgren, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Darren Aronofsky and Mike Judge. Fantastic Fest also features world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films. Fantastic Fest has seen the acquisition of many titles, including BULLHEAD, KILL LIST, MONSTERS, KLOWN, THE FP, PENUMBRA, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, NO REST FOR THE WICKED, VANISHING WAVES, COMBAT GIRLS and I DECLARE WAR. Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Alamo Drafthouse has been named the best theater in the country by Entertainment Weekly, Wired and TIME. Variety included Fantastic Fest in a list of “10 Film Festivals We Love,” and was also named one of the “25 coolest film festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.
Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin.  Nineteen years later, the now 24-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by Wired. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO, Tim League, created Fantastic Fest, a world renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short three year existence and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment content platform edited by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.
Bottleneck Immersive is a new experiential design company that specializes in interactive games and events for both branded content and original productions. Bottleneck games use the real world as their canvas to create radically new experiences. Recent productions include pop-up happenings, escape rooms, story-driven parties and the company’s signature multi-day game. The Bottleneck team has been pioneering immersive adventures for over ten years, blurring fiction and reality to produce live events that combine elements of video games, interactive theater, viral pranks, haunted houses, and more to put players at the center of stories that aren’t just played – they’re lived. Learn more at