Escape the Night

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Web celebs star in mediocre pseudo-reality horror series.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 31 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show is set up as a reality series, but it's obviously scripted with characters whose larger-than-life personalities dominate scenes. As they're forced to work together to solve puzzles and gather artifacts, there are some moments that showcase the positive aspects of teamwork. Secrets and intrigue are present throughout, and some characters' true intentions are suspect.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nothing particularly impressive. All the characters are playing characters different from themselves, so there's a lot of exaggeration in how they present themselves and interact with others.

Violence

Cinematic horror, like a severed head served on a platter at dinner, and tense moments, like the poisoning of a guest. The show purports to put all the characters in physical danger.

Sex
Language

Rarely "hell."

Consumerism

Many of the cast members star in internet videos and other media projects.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Escape the Night is a scripted reality-style YouTube Red series with an ensemble cast of internet stars. As the story goes, the characters are trapped in a 1920s-era mansion and forced to complete a series of puzzles, collect certain artifacts, and perform a ritual to secure an evil force that's threatening their lives. It's hokey and often formulaic, and it banks on viewers liking the characters enough to overlook the shortcomings in the plot. Expect some suspense and a few scares, but any violent content -- such as a decapitated head served on a dinner platter -- is very mild.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8, 11, and 13-year-old Written byVictoriac723 July 13, 2019

fake orgy with mannequins?!

Overall the show is what I expected when my tween daughter brought it to me. fake "reality" show with lots of drama. The language seemed a bit much bu... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byJackandeoin September 7, 2019

Good show with great effects, doesn't lay off on the violence

Around season one this show feels fine, then around seasons two or three the violence in this movie becomes 4/5. The body count of season three alone is uncount... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byFunMCboy1 June 22, 2017

The Best!

The show is very good. I would make sure younger children understand the deaths aren't real.
Teen, 16 years old Written byTRAPZDED July 5, 2019

Great for 14 and up

This show is great! Some acting is a little bad (season 1) but in general I give it a 4/5. There is a bit of language (B*tch, Sh*t, Hell and damn) and in the be... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ESCAPE THE NIGHT, an heir named Joey (Joey Graceffa) invites 10 friends for a roaring '20s-themed dinner party in his new mansion, but the revelry turns serious when one guest is poisoned and the others are tasked with following clues to retrieve a lifesaving antidote. Now trapped inside the house that's possessed by an evil force, the group must work together to solve puzzles and collect artifacts in the hopes that a spell will lock away the evil once more.

Is it any good?

Seizing on the popularity of the escape room fad, this overacted pseudo-reality show is more a platform for B-list actors and internet personalities than it is must-see TV. YouTube stars such as Justine Ezarik, Timothy DeLaGhetto, and Shane Lawson join a smattering of small-screen stars as '20s characters assigned personalities such as the "Jazz Singer" (GloZell Green) and the "Big Game Hunter" (Oli White). Between trying to outdo each other's performances and fading in and out of character as the drama ebbs and flows, there's a lot going on but little that's particularly riveting.

Escape the Night's campy humor and assembly of internet stars will draw some interest from teens especially, and if they're OK with being entertained by a show that doesn't take itself too seriously, they may stick around to find out whodunit. Some moments are more interesting than others, some characters less grating than their peers, and so on. In the end this is a fairly innocuous, if not particularly academic, way to while away time in 30-minute segments.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this kind of scripted reality format works for Escape the Night and other shows like it. Does the content feel forced because of the show's layout? Is there any learning value to this series?

  • How does being under pressure affect your ability to perform on tests or on a field of play? Are you more or less able to focus when you're up against a clock, or does it not change how you perform? How do you cope with stressful situations?

  • Teens: Which, if any, of the stars do you recognize from other media projects? How do technology and the internet affect how we assign celebrity status? Is this kind of open access to vast audiences always a good thing?

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