Brooklyn | 1h 10m | Already closed

This Is Real

From 5 critic and 3 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

In Psycho Clan's new interactive horror experience, you are entrenched in your very own horror story as an abductee trying to figure out how to escape. More…

You’ve been kidnapped. You don’t remember how; you don’t know by whom. But there you are, watching the horrific treatment of the person who was taken before you. They will implore you to help them, but you cannot. When they are disposed of, it will be your turn. Your friends have been taken elsewhere. You’re on your own. You only have one shot at getting away. 'This Is Real' is not a haunted house. It’s interactive horror theater, a mind-bending survival game and extreme hide-and-seek rolled up into 70 minutes worth of entertainment.

1h 10m | Already closed | Studio 153 (Brooklyn)

Stage Buddy

"A scary, heart-pounding experience that starts as soon as you approach the warehouse where it begins deep in Red Hook...After reading what was going to happen, I was already feeling my adrenaline start to flow and starting to worry...It’s easy to make a wrong decision or overlook something, and your heart is racing the entire time...It’s truly an engaging fun experience and I highly recommend it...A perfect terror for the Halloween season." Full Review

Brooklyn Paper

"It is terrifying, it is gross, and it is a lot of fun...A scary, serial killer-themed escape room...I was eager to experience this thrill ride...Outside my dark cell was a freakish torture scene so disturbing that I briefly put my blindfold back on!...You must make contact with at least one of the actors, all of whom remain frighteningly in character. And the closer you get to escape, the more eerie and physical it gets, as suspenseful music, voices, and flickering lights intensify around you." Full Review

Decay Mag

"As close to real horror survival as it gets...'This Is Real' immerses you into a real-life horror film and tests your psyche, fear, and survival antics. It is the perfect horror bonding experience that gives you an adrenaline rush and makes you think what if?" Full Review


"Theatrical immersion at its most visceral and thrilling....A dexterous blend of interactive theater with a complete story line, a mind-bending survivalist game, and a twisted version of hide ‘n seek...With a few more runs and tweaks, this could become one of the coolest experiences NYC has to offer. The actors in the experience are excellent, the sets are very realistic and the puzzles are logical enough that if you really try to tie them back to the overarching narrative, you’ll be able to." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"It begins horrifically strong, but ultimately loses its steam...I was a bit disappointed to find that 'This is Real' is ultimately just another escape the room...I had expected more variety. Instead, I was met with essentially two rooms, sometimes clunky special effects, and a brutal reliance on teammates too terrified to get anything done themselves...While in need of some rework, 'This Is Real' kept me engaged from start to finish...You'll get as much from the experience as you put in." Full Review

Scary, Ambitious, Innovative, Interactive, Unique

See it if You appreciate immersive theatre and you like to get scared.

Don't see it if You prefer to be a passive audience member and don’t like getting scared

Also Very origianl concept that brings a little horror to theater. This sho... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Intense, Edgy

See it if You like intense adventures related to horror themes.

Don't see it if You are claustrophobic, if you don’t like escape rooms.

Also This play is far away from Manhattan. It looks like a gallery. The con... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Confusing, Disappointing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Fun clever first attempt at this kind of mashup, but frayed around the edges and not scary or challenging enough.

Don't see it if It’s not really worth the price tag or commute.

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