Escape the Undertaker

Movie review by
Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media
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Interactive movie has suspense, scares, and thrills.
  • PG
  • 2021
  • 31 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Some options allow the characters to "stay positive" or "face their fears" and they use self talk to work through their emotions. When negative choices are made (like betraying your friends), there are immediate negative consequences.

 

Positive Role Models

The group of friends split up and stick together throughout the experience. They always are looking out for each other, use the "power of positivity," and have each other's back.

Diverse Representations

There are four characters in this movie who are all male wrestlers spanning two racial backgrounds. No negative racial stereotypes are present.

Violence

More scary than violent. Lots of dark scenes with suspenseful music. There are some options that lead to scenes with spiders and characters in peril. The villain called The Undertaker wants to "take their souls" in his magical urn and some options lead to him doing just that, turning the characters into mindless robots with purple eyes. There are also some options that lead you to The Undertaker punching and kicking the characters. There's no blood and much of the fighting is magical and/or over-the-top WWE style.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Escape the Undertaker is a short interactive movie following WWE wrestlers The New Day through an eerie house controlled by Undertaker. Expect many dark scenes with suspenseful music. The interactive movie can lead to scenes with spiders and characters in peril. The villain called Undertaker wants to use his magical urn to "take their souls." Some interactive options lead to him doing just that, turning the characters into mindless robots with purple eyes. Undertaker does fight the protagonists. Some of the suspense may be too much for young viewers as the villain sneaks out of corners, or (if you choose one option) a character's head is trapped in a clear box full of spiders. Most of the fighting is either off camera or using magic, and there's no blood, but sometimes characters use nearby objects like wood planks or furniture to throw at each other. It's similar to what you might see in a WWE match but without the ring, with screaming and body throws. Some options have rewarding outcomes and allow the characters to "stay positive" or "face their fears" and they use self talk to work through their emotions. When negative choices are made (such as betraying your friends), there are immediate negative consequences.

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What's the story?

In ESCAPE THE UNDERTAKER, WWE team The New Day visit a spooky mansion owned by The Undertaker in hopes of taking his magical urn. Turns out Undertaker wants to take their souls. In this interactive movie, viewers get to choose their own adventure as the characters explore different parts of the house to find the urn, face their fears, and try to escape with their souls. Will they survive? It's up to the viewer to decide their fate.

Is it any good?

This interactive movie is a bit cheesy and surprisingly thrilling. Right away viewers are asked if they're ready to begin or too scared, but guess what? You aren't backing out that easily. The too-scared option won't get out of the movie (but don't worry, viewers can still just hit the back button on their remote). The movie is more spooky than violent. Though the visual effects aren't anything to write home about, the audio effects are actually effective. The interactive elements are easy to navigate. Viewers have a limited amount of time (about 10 seconds) to pick an option before one is decided for them. Most choices don't affect the story too much, but take you on different character perspectives. If a viewer changes their mind about a choice, there's an option to redo the choice. This could also be fun if you just want to see an alternative vantage point or ending.

Though the acting and plot are very cheesy at times, the movie makes for a quick, fun interactive experience that's great for Halloween or a spooky movie night.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this interactive movie experience felt compared to a traditional movie. Did you enjoy choosing the path of the characters? What would you choose differently next time?

  • How did the music and the special effects impact the viewing experience? Did you ever feel scared? How do you think the music and special effects played a part?

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  • The New Day encourage each other to use the "power of positivity." How do you think that helped the friends on their mission? When do you think they could've used more of that? How can you use positivity to help you?

  • The characters had to face their fears. Have you ever had to face your fears before? What are some of them, and how did you do it?

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