Escaping the room with your favorite celebrity Heather Langenkamp
Fox in a Box Celebrity Night Recap:
Immersive Horror with Heather Langenkamp
On Wednesday, Fox in a Box LA teamed up with iconic horror magazine Fangoria to give fans of the genre an unforgettable experience: the chance to play our scariest escape rooms alongside the illustrious Heather Langenkamp, star of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dream Warriors, and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.
As we waited for the fans in the makeshift green room–one of our Cold War Bunkers, lovingly converted into a Freddy Kreuger shrine for the occasion–Ms. Langenkamp shared her excitement for the impending playthrough. This would be her first time in an escape room.
“Escape rooms have taken over America,” she told me as she took in the decor. “I’ll go on sets that aren’t as nice as this.” She’d meant to try the increasingly popular pastime on several occasions, but for some reason the plan had always fallen through.
Not today–the first fans had arrived. All three were seasoned horror aficionados, delighted to meet Ms. Langenkamp: José had flown in from Phoenix that morning, while Chelsea and James run a horror-themed podcast and YouTube channel, Dead Meat. After geeking out over the Nightmare series and their favorite horror moments, the group headed into our Zodiac escape room (yes, that Zodiac), where they’d have to escape from the serial killer’s lair. They emerged with plenty of time (and adrenaline) to spare, excited to discuss the twists and turns of their daring escape. José said he’d been comforted knowing that Ms. Langenkamp had practical experience escaping from horrific scenarios. And, while we won’t reveal any spoilers here, Chelsea did offer some advice to anyone considering their first escape room: “Don’t think about the fact that it’s timed–just do it!”
After a break, the next group arrived. Olivia and Ricardo (a self-described Wes Craven superfan) were similarly psyched to meet Ms. Langenkamp, and it wasn’t long before the conversation became a vibrant deep dive into classic horror franchise rivalries. (Needless to say, A Nightmare on Elm Street was the consensus favorite.) They were soon brought into The Other Side, a new escape room centered on the sudden disappearance of an occult-obsessed Hollywood screenwriter…
When they’d finally solved the curious case of Mr. Frederik Fox, the skillful escapees adjourned to the green room to unwind, pose for selfies, and receive signed movie stills as well as copies of Ms. Langenkamp’s 2011 documentary I Am Nancy.
As Celebrity Night was wrapping up, Ricardo shared an insight into the mass appeal of the genre: “Horror represents your first little taste of freedom.” Absolutely–except, perhaps, for when you’re locked in an escape room.
Please note that 10% of Celebrity Night proceeds go to charitable causes – for our inaugural event, Ms. Langenkamp chose the National Brain Tumor Society. For more information on how to help, visit www.braintumor.org.
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