Escape Your Own Murder At This Serial Killer-Inspired Hotel

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If you’ve ever want to spend your night trying to escape murderers, well, you’re in luck. Now, there’s a place where you can do just that. This past April, The Hollow Hotel in London was being transformed into something out of American Horror Story. The reason? To give people an interactive live theater experience they will never forget. Basically, they recreating a serial killer hotel. Because apparently people enjoy fearing for their lives. Seriously, how could you possibly sleep when you’re afraid of being murdered? You absolutely cannot. It is a brilliant gimmick if you can get past being petrified.

Basing the layout on serial killer H.H. Holmes, who was fond of murdering his victims in hotel rooms, The Hollow Hotel is a sight to see. H.H. Holmes is, according to Metro, a “Jack the Ripper style” 19th Century serial killer. With a penchant for creating elaborate traps for his victims. So basically, a psycho killer. Hence the theme of “serial killer hotel.”

First off, it takes a special kind of person to even want to stay in such a place. But, it also takes a special kind of person to create such a space. The masterminds behind the project are theatre group differenceEngine. They are famous for creating Heist, which is another immersive theater experience involving breaking into a sealed room. Heist, which seems like a picnic in the park if you’re comparing the two, was hugely popular, extending its run several times.

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The Hollow Hotel contains a series of labyrinths and traps to navigate while you’re running for your life. Seems completely realistic, guide yourself through a maze while you’re worrying about some chasing you with an axe. Clearly, this is not the kind of experience for the faint of heart.

“Whoever built The Hollow Hotel built a literal death trap”

Obviously, you’re not actually facing death during the experience. But, if you “die,” then you don’t get to just go home. Oh no, you’re given a new set of challenges to face. That’s right, if you fail, you get to start all over again and hope you survive. Sounds like a truly delightful evening.

“If you listen to the whispers in its winding corridors, you might lose yourself as each turn entices you to delve further in; until you can’t turn back,” Metro takes from the show’s website.

If you want to experience the serial killer hotel, aka The Hollow Hotel, unfortunately you can’t. It was forced to close early, due to lack of budget. But, it’s a great idea for your next theme party. Or maybe, just maybe, Ryan Murphy will see this and use it for his next season of American Horror Story.