10 Mystery Movies for Fans of Escape Rooms

If you can never get enough escape room fun, these movies will scratch a similar itch!

Do you love escape rooms? Do you wish you could get even more escape room action in your daily life? Well, you’re in luck, because there are tons of movies out there that feature escape room themes that’ll fill the void!

1. SAW

Each of the SAW movies is filled with murderous puzzles, but the original is the most like an escape room, with two characters trapped in a room filled with puzzles that they’ll need to solve to escape (and survive). Ultimately, the solutions to the puzzles are a lot less pleasant than the fun escape rooms we enjoy playing. If you’re into gruesome horror and escape rooms, SAW is the perfect movie for you!

2. Escape Room

This movie is literally called Escape Room. If you’re still not sure whether this film is to your tastes, just check out the plot synopsis: “Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms, and must use their wits to survive.” If that doesn’t sound like a plot that takes real-life escape rooms to the next level, I’m not sure what does.


CUBE is a cult classic about a bunch of strangers who are placed in an endless maze filled with traps that just so happen to be extremely deadly. Long before escape rooms became a popular hobby, CUBE took moviegoers by storm.

4. Exam

This is one of those movies where you look at the plot and wonder how they manage to make a full film out of it. A bunch of candidates for a job are locked in a room where they have to complete a test with a single question. Obviously, it’s not as simple as it seems, and just like an escape room, things develop and become more interesting as the movie goes along.

5. Panic Room

In this interesting thriller, a woman and her daughter take refuge in their new home’s safe room as their house is invaded. The film has pretty solid reviews overall, and plot of two people trapped in a room should definitely appeal to fans of escape rooms.

6. Breathing Room

The plot of this movie is actually quite similar to SAW. While it’s not super highly-reviewed, the plot definitely should be interesting to fans of escape rooms, as it’s all about a deadly game where participants need to escape their fate by solving puzzles. As members of the room die, new clues emerge, which makes for a pretty interesting movie as long as you can get past the flaws.

7. The Killing Room

In this twisted movie, four participants are paid $250 to take part in some psychological tests. Of course, it’s not as easy as it seems, and they become part of a brutal government program that’ll push them to their limits. They’re given questions and clues, and they need to try to survive the test.

8. Devil

This M. Night Shyamalan film is about a group of people who are trapped in an elevator. While trapped, they realize that one among them is the devil. As you might expect, they aren’t fans of being trapped in the elevator, and they need to escape. You’ll want to watch it just to find out what the Shyamalan twist is…

9. Nine Dead

Every ten minutes, one of the nine strangers who are trapped together is going to die until they figure out how they’re all connected and why they’re trapped in the room together. While it’s less about puzzles and more about reasoning, it still has a very escape room feel that’ll entertain and scare!

10. Identity

Ten strangers are stranded in a Nevada hotel during an intense storm, and they’re being killed one-by-one. This film features an escape room vibe and an all-star cast featuring names like John Cusack, Ray Liotta, and Amanda Peet.

Live Out Your Escape Room Dreams via Film

There’s only so many escape rooms within a reasonable distance (though there are some that are worth traveling for), and once you run out, you need another way to feed your love of puzzles and escaping. These movies will scratch the itch for you perfectly!

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    1. I’m not sure what Dave thinks of 1408, but this is the first I’m hearing of the film and it looks pretty interesting! Next time I have a chance, I’m going to watch it. Thanks for the recommendation, @miguelsorensen:disqus !

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