When asked if she did any escape rooms with her fellow actors when the cameras weren’t rolling, Roden noted, “I heard that happened on the first one. No, this has different consequences in the end, so there was not a lot of overlap as far as the schemes I’ve experienced.”
But her own escape room experience was even more disturbing. She said, “Although there was one that was somewhat like this movie. But it was the first one in Vienna that I took my mom to, and my best friend and her mom — we all went together. It was 108 degrees inside this old building, and it was one of the first escape rooms ever to be put together since they started in Vienna. And they literally wouldn’t let us out, and we don’t speak Austrian or Austrian-German.”
She added, “And we have two women in their 60s not doing well, and so that was not unlike the beginnings of this movie. Or at least I can say the first movie with the heat. Yeah.”
Luckily, everything was fine in the end, which is more than we can say about anyone who gets wrapped up in Minos. However, let this be a lesson to all escape rooms — let people out when they want to get out, and have more safety measures in place. There have been deaths at escape rooms (via NBC News), and more checks and balances can prevent that.