Want to play a game?
You might need to crawl into a furnace, search for clues in a slaughterhouse or decode a series of instructions in the dark.
But what else is to be expected at The Official Saw Escape Experience, Las Vegas’ newest escape room?
Jason Egan, the founder and creator of the yearly Halloween attraction Fright Dome at Circus Circus, is the mastermind behind the new attraction. (Get an exclusive look inside Egan’s home here.) “We went to the extreme,” Egan says. “We take it right up to the line, but everything is completely safe.”
Though Las Vegas has opened various other escape rooms with differing themes, this is an immersive experience that draws heavily from the Saw movie franchise. “It’s like a show you get to be part of,” Egan says.
The theatrics start the moment visitors pull onto the property. There is no signage pointing to the The Official Saw Escape Experience, but instead a sign of Egan & Co. Meat Packing plant. (At this point in the movie, everyone would yell, “Don’t go in there!”)
After watching a video in the lobby about the “history” of the butcher, participants are given a flashlight and are instructed to make their way down the dimly lit hallway. That’s when the fun begins.
Photos by Krystal Ramirez
The escape room is a progressive journey with eight game rooms each player must go through. Only when the puzzle is solved or the time in that room runs out can someone advance; players who don’t solve a game-room puzzle still go on, but won’t be able to obtain all the clues for the finale.
Egan views each room like it’s a scene in a movie, building up to a final space, which is a replica of the bathroom heavily featured in the Saw films. “We knew we had to get that just right for the fans,” Egan says.
The overall experience takes around 90 minutes.
After partnering with Lionsgate in 2009 and 2010 to create themed haunted houses at Fright Dome, Egan reached out to the company about obtaining the rights to Saw for the escape room. “In my mind, Saw is the reason we have escape rooms,” he says. “No other horror movie franchise is about an escape room.”
The film and its many sequels make up one of the highest grossing horror movie franchises, which Egan thinks could draw many interested players. Egan is already in talks about bringing this experience to other cities.
Not only does the attraction include scenes and props from the movies, but Tobin Bell, the actor who played the film’s antagonist, Jigsaw, recorded his voice so players will hear him as they enter each room.
Photos by Krystal Ramirez
Egan’s desire to build an escape room also comes out of wanting to have a permanent venue to showcase his work. “I love Fright Dome, but every year we have to tear it down,” he says. “Having this place, there are things we can do here that we couldn’t do at Fright Dome.”
Located off Industrial Road less than a mile from Circus Circus, Egan has been working since March 2017 to transform the building into what looks like an abandoned meat factory.
One of Egan’s favorite parts of constructing this experience was watching the Saw movies to get ideas for different rooms. While some of the puzzles might require crawling on the ground or climbing into confined spaces, Egan says players don’t have to worry about being doused in fake blood or grime.
“We know some people might be coming here before dinner or before the rest of their evening,” he adds.
Whether it’s groups of two or up to groups of 12, all Egan asks is that they are ready to play the game.
Grand opening January 27, Wednesdays–Thursdays and Sundays, 6–11 p.m., Fridays–Saturdays, 5 p.m.–midnight, 2121 Industrial Rd., general admission tickets are $49.99 and VIP tickets start at $69.99, sawescaperoom.com