Escape the Night

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Escape the Night
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Also known as Escape The Night with Joey Graceffa
Genre
Directed by Adam Lawson
Presented by Joey Graceffa
Opening theme Evil House by George Shaw
Composer(s) George Shaw
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 30 (+ 6 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Adam Lawson
  • Ari Weiner
  • Brian Graden
  • Gaurav Misra
  • Leila March
  • Lois Curren
  • Nancy Tamayo
  • Petar Mandich
Producer(s)
  • Catherine Keithley
  • Chris Grannon
  • Dan Keats
Production location(s)
Cinematography Dallas Sterling
Editor(s) Steve Grubel
Running time 19—31 Minutes
Production company(s) Brian Graden Media
Distributor YouTube
Release
Original network YouTube Premium
Picture format 4K (Ultra HD)
Original release June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22) – present (present)
External links
Website
Brian Graden Media

Escape the Night is an American post modern meta fictional murder mystery reality competition web television series hosted by Joey Graceffa that premiered on June 22, 2016 on YouTube Premium.[1][2] The third season was released on June 21, 2018 and was currently airing every Wednesday. The series is produced by Brian Graden Media.[3]

Premise[edit]

The series follows The Savant (Joey Graceffa) as he finds himself in an estate in a past era, where he invites a number of guests to a party which requires them to act and dress as various personas from that era. Once there, they’re cut off from the outside world, challenged to survive the night and escape the estate. To do this, the guests team up with him to participate in challenges and escape room puzzles, competing with each other to escape from the historical era by solving and completing them. At the end of each episode, two guests are voted into a challenge to compete against each other, where the losing guest is eliminated via a fictional death until one or more guests ultimately win and are sent back to the modern world.

Cast and characters[edit]

Season 1 (1920s)[edit]

Guests[edit]

Name Role Eliminated
Eva Gutowski The Journalist Escaped
Oli White The Big Game Hunter
Lele Pons The Hustler Episode 9
Timothy DeLaGhetto The Mobster Episode 8
Matthew Haag The Professor Episode 7
Sierra Furtado The Heiress Episode 6
GloZell Green The Jazz Singer Episode 4
Justine Ezarik The Gambler Episode 3
Andrea Brooks The Fixer Episode 2
Shane Dawson The Renegade Episode 1

Recurring[edit]

  • Paul Chirico as Arthur, head of staff
  • Katia Hayes as Sarah, the maid
  • David Hutchison as Marvin, the groundskeeper

Season 2 (The Victorian Era)[edit]

Guests[edit]

Name Role Eliminated
Andrea Russett The Mystic Escaped
Tyler Oakley The Thespian
Alex Wassabi The Novelist Episode 9
Gabbie Hanna The Vaudevillian Episode 7
Tana Mongeau The Saloon Girl Episode 6
Liza Koshy The Explorer Episode 5
DeStorm Power The Railroad Tycoon Episode 4
Jesse Wellens The Outlaw Episode 3
Lauren Riihimaki The Engineer Episode 2

Season 3 (1978)[edit]

Guests[edit]

Name Role Eliminated
Matthew Patrick The Detective Escaped
Nikita Dragun The Troublemaker
Manny Mua The Record Producer Episode 9
Rosanna Pansino The Jet Setter Episode 8
Safiya Nygaard The Investigative Reporter Episode 7
Colleen Ballinger The Disco Dancer Episode 6
Teala Dunn The Super Spy Episode 4
Roi Fabito The Daredevil Episode 3
JC Caylen The Hippie Episode 2

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)August 17, 2016 (2016-08-17)
210June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22)August 16, 2017 (2017-08-16)
310June 21, 2018 (2018-06-21)August 15, 2018 (2018-08-15)
Specials6August 24, 2016 (2016-08-24)August 29, 2018 (2018-08-29)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"An Invitation"June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)

In this episode, the guests arrive at the house and their dinner party meets with a tragic end (the death of a guest).

They discover the house is evil and they must gather special artifacts to free themselves from it.
22"The Ungodly Machine"June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)
The guests work through a mad scientist’s clues and end up facing his most evil creation, the “Ungodly Machine.”
33"Buried Alive"June 29, 2016 (2016-06-29)
The guests perform a seance to learn the location of a grave only to find one of them must be buried inside it.
44"Mannequins"July 6, 2016 (2016-07-06)
The guests uncover clues hidden inside macabre mannequin displays that represent a serial killers’ finest works.
55"Freak Show"July 13, 2016 (2016-07-13)
The guests must defeat the houses’ monstrous guardian by summoning the wicked circus he was stolen from.
66"Did Someone Call For An Exorcist?"July 20, 2016 (2016-07-20)
The guests exorcise a legion of evil spirits trapped in a young girl to free a former owner trapped in the house.
77"Mermaid Tails"July 27, 2016 (2016-07-27)
The guests uncover secrets at the bottom of the pool to free a wicked mermaid who once owned the house.
88"All Out War"August 3, 2016 (2016-08-03)
The guests “go to war” in an attempt to uncover a stash of stolen WWI gold to free a former owner.
99"Wicked Hallucinations"August 10, 2016 (2016-08-10)

The guests find a mad man escaped from an asylum and must enter his violent and terrifying hallucinations in order to free him from the house.

In the process, they discover who among them is in league with the evil of the house.
1010"Betrayal At The House On The Hill"August 17, 2016 (2016-08-17)
The guests discover they have been betrayed by Arthur the Butler, a former confidence man, and must unravel clues while being hunted by him and the house staff.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
111"The Masquerade Part 1"June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22)
Ten YouTubers travel through time to attend a Victorian ball at an estate like no other, and soon begin unlocking mysteries and discovering evil forces that are conspiring against them.
122"The Masquerade Part 2"June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22)
The guests must disguise themselves in the bloodiest of masquerades if they want to slay the king of vampires and get back home.
133"Tangled Web"June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28)
The Sorceress unleashes an evil spider on the guests and they must escape her dangerous web in order to save themselves.
144"A Nation Divided"July 5, 2017 (2017-07-05)
The guests are divided and must wage war against each other to see who will face the dark army in the final challenge.
155"The Gingerbread Woman"July 12, 2017 (2017-07-12)
When an evil Gingerbread Woman traps unsuspecting children in an oven, the guests must fight to free them before it’s too late.
166"Endless Winter Night"July 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)
The guests venture into a realm of fantasy in hopes of recovering the next gem, but first they must outmaneuver the Ice Witch and her wicked harpies.
177"Automaton Love Story"July 26, 2017 (2017-07-26)
The self-destruct system has been enabled in the estate and the guests must race against time to satisfy the horrifying demands of the system’s creator.
188"Full Moon Slaughter"August 2, 2017 (2017-08-02)
It is now midnight and the guests find themselves being hunted by a most unexpected enemy -- werewolves.
199"The Dark Dimension"August 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)
The guests must battle a horrifying demon and find their way into the dark dimension to recover the last gem.
2010"The Sorceress"August 16, 2017 (2017-08-16)
The Sorceress unleashes a legion of villains on the last remaining guests, forcing them to literally run for their lives if they want to escape her spell.

Season 3 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
211"The Clowns Here Kill Part 1"June 21, 2018 (2018-06-21)

Ten YouTube friends find themselves trapped in Everlock, a funky town stuck in the year 1978.

What seems like a fun carnival turns to chaos as Joey and friends soon discover they must fight against killer clowns and evil forces to save themselves and the town. Joey hides a dark secret.
222"The Clowns Here Kill Part 2"June 21, 2018 (2018-06-21)

All hope seems lost when Joey and friends are captured by the Killer Clowns.

The group learns they must restore the Carnival Master’s wicked artifacts to free the town—a mission that will require two to undertake a battle to the death.
233"Venomous Affections"June 27, 2018 (2018-06-27)

A spy is caught, but Joey and his friends learn that the real treachery is among them.

They also learn the location of the next artifact, but at a cost.
244"The Man With No Name"July 4, 2018 (2018-07-04)

A dead body is tossed from the balcony, giving a clue about the third artifact.

The YouTubers form two hunting parties, but the team that fails to recover the missing pieces must face off against the Man with No Name.
255"Strong Like A Demon"July 11, 2018 (2018-07-11)

A strong man is in town and the YouTubers must prove who amongst them is strongest. Joey reveals the dark secret he’s desperately been trying to keep.

As his friends turn on him, they must also try to claim the fourth artifact.
266"Twin Dolls"July 18, 2018 (2018-07-18)

The doll maker’s puppets come to life, chasing Joey and his friends.

The only way the YouTubers can cleanse the new artifact is by uncovering the mysterious Maiden of Madness and locking someone inside her.
277"Funhouse"July 25, 2018 (2018-07-25)

The Funhouse is open for business. Bloody business. The YouTubers must survive its twisted rooms.

Just when they think they’ve mastered all its tricks, the Funhouse has one final twist that leaves them all in shock.
288"Wicked Witches"August 1, 2018 (2018-08-01)

The Wicked Witches have been cursing the people of Everlock, and the YouTubers are next.

The remaining few must quickly undo the curses in order to cleanse the seventh artifact… or so they think.
299"Control Issues"August 8, 2018 (2018-08-08)

The Carnival Master’s daughter turns one YouTuber against the others.

As friends fight friends, the daughter’s flesh-eating pet demon must be slain if the YouTubers want to cleanse the final artifact.
3010"The Carnival Master"August 15, 2018 (2018-08-15)

The YouTubers make their way into the Carnival Master’s lair only to find things are not as they once thought.

With the undead chasing them, Joey and the last two survivors race across town facing their final challenges before sunrise.

Specials (2016-2018)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"How to Kill a YouTuber"August 24, 2016 (2016-08-24)
2"BTS Documentary: The Making of 'Escape the Night'"August 24, 2016 (2016-08-24)
3"Monster's Ball"August 23, 2017 (2017-08-23)
4"Behind the Scenes with Joey Graceffa"August 30, 2017 (2017-08-30)
5"Behind the Town"August 22, 2018 (2018-08-22)
6"The Monsters of Everlock"August 29, 2018 (2018-08-29)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On October 2015, YouTube announced YouTube Red, a paid subscription service that would allow streaming videos ad-free, downloading videos for offline usage, and present new exclusive original series for YouTube Red subscribers.[4][5] At the time of announcement, ten various series were announced for 2016, including the Untitled Joey Graceffa project,[6][7] which was set to be produced by Brian Graden Media.[3] The series began filming near Valencia, California.[8]

On June 15, 2016, Graceffa released the trailer for his original series entitled Escape the Night,[9] which was set and released on June 22, 2016 with two episodes going live.[10] When interviewed after production, Graceffa commented that the idea behind Escape the Night was inspired by an episode themed around murder mystery appearing on television show Lizzie McGuire,[11] and closely related to the 1985 film Clue.[8] Furthermore, Graceffa shared his experience with filming the series, expressing "It was a really fun concept to put together," additionally mentioning, "And it was an idea that started small and ended up into something much bigger."[3]

On October 17, 2016, it was announced by Susanne Daniels, global head of content for YouTube, at MIPCOM that Escape the Night would be renewed for a second season.[12] Later on October 31, 2016, Joey Graceffa via Twitter announced the cast of the second season and scheduled its debut to be on June 22, 2017.[13][14]

On May 24, 2018, Joey Graceffa announced the third season via Twitter.[15] On May 28, 2018 through June 1, 2018, Joey Graceffa confirmed via Twitter[16] he would be releasing the cast of season three periodically. The third season debuted on June 21, 2018.

Reception[edit]

Common Sense Media's critical consensus reads, "Web celebs star in mediocre pseudo-reality horror series", while giving the show a rating of 2/5.[17]

Game charts[edit]

Progress chart (Season 1)[edit]

Progress Chart
Guest 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Cause of Elimantion
Eva Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Escaped Survived
Joey Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe
Oli Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe
Lele Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Electrocuted
Timothy Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Shot
Matt Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Poisoned
Sierra Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Possessed
GloZell Safe Safe Safe Dead² Choked
Justine Safe Safe Dead Buried alive
Andrea Safe Dead Asphyxiated
Shane Dead¹ Poisoned
     The guest escaped the night.
     The guest was sent into a challenge and survived.
     The guest was sent into a challenge and died.
     The guest was forced to forfeit their life without a challenge taking place.
     The guest was not sent into a challenge, but was killed in a plot twist.
     The guest was asked by another guest to assist them in a challenge, and succeeded.
     The guest was asked by another guest to assist them in a challenge, but failed.
     The guest survived the episode without being sent into a challenge.
  • ¹ Shane knew about the evil of the house and informed Sarah the maid that he knew what she was doing. As a result, the evil saw Shane as a threat and poisoned him. In order to save him, the other guests had to complete a puzzle task within a time limit. They failed, resulting in his death.
  • ² Joey and Lele were voted into a challenge, and they had to choose a guest to die. They chose to betray GloZell.

Progress chart (Season 2)[edit]

Progress Chart
Guest 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Cause of Death
Andrea Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe² Safe Escaped Survived
Tyler Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe
Joey Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Stabbed by the Sorceress
Alex Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Stabbed in the chest
Gabbie Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Heart ripped out
Tana Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead¹ Stomach slashed
Liza Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Throat slit
DeStorm Safe Safe Safe Dead Shot by an arrow
Jesse Safe Safe Dead Eaten by Jorogumo
Lauren Safe Dead Eaten by vampires
     The guest escaped the night.
     The guest was sent into a challenge, but survived.
     The guest was sent into a challenge and died.
     The guest was not sent into a challenge, but was killed in a plot twist.
     The guest was asked by another guest to assist them in a challenge and succeeded.
     The guest was asked by another guest to assist them in a challenge, but failed.
     The guest survived the episode without being sent into a challenge.
     The guest died in an earlier episode and does not appear.
  • ¹ Joey and Andrea were voted into a challenge, and they had to choose a guest to die. They chose to betray Tana.
  • ² Everyone had to compete in this challenge, with whoever finished last being the one to die. Andrea ended up finishing last, but Alison (assistant to the guests) sacrificed herself so that she could live.

Progress chart (Season 3)[edit]

Progress Chart
Guest 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Cause of Death
Joey Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Escaped Survived
Matthew Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Safe¹ Safe Safe
Nikita Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe
Manny Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Shot
Rosanna Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Stabbed
Safiya Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead² Fishhooked
Colleen Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Dead Impaled
Teala Safe Safe Safe Dead Strangled
Roi Safe Safe Dead Bitten
JC Safe Dead Stabbed
     The guest escaped the night.
     The guest was sent into a challenge, but its survived.
     The guest was sent into a challenge and died.
     The guest was forced to forfeit their life without a challenge taking place.
     The guest was not sent into a challenge, but was killed in a plot twist.
     The guest was asked by another guest to assist them in a challenge and succeeded.
     The guest was asked by another guest to assist them in a challenge, but failed.
     The guest survived the episode without being sent into a challenge.
     The guest was revived.
     The guest died in an earlier episode and does not appear.
  • ¹ Matthew was beaten to death by the Strong Man in Episode 5, but was chosen by Joey and Safiya to be revived by the Harp of Lazarus in Episode 7.
  • ² Safiya and Rosanna had to vote two into the challenge. Safiya voted for Nikita, and Rosanna voted for Manny. In a shocking turn of events, the one that voted for the winner of the challenge ended up being killed. Nikita won, and Safiya was fishhooked.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weiss, Geoff (May 5, 2016). "YouTube Teases 'Red' Series From CollegeHumor, The Game Theorists, Joey Graceffa In Latest Trailer". Tubefilter. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  2. ^ "'Escape the Night' star challenges KLG, Hoda: Find your wine!". TODAY.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  3. ^ a b c Hamedy, Saba (June 21, 2016). "Watch Joey Graceffa bring YouTubers together for 'a dinner party to DIE for'". Mashable. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  4. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (October 21, 2015). "YouTube to Launch Subscription Service With Original Series From Fine Brothers, PewDiePie". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  5. ^ Hamedy, Saba (October 21, 2015). "YouTube unveils ad-free subscription service, YouTube Red". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  6. ^ Coggan, Devan (October 21, 2015). "YouTube unveils ad-free subscription service". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  7. ^ Longwell, Todd (October 21, 2015). "YouTube Unveils Subscription Service, New Programming, Music App". VideoInk. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  8. ^ a b Longwell, Todd (June 30, 2016). "Joey Graceffa Gets a Clue with YouTube Red's 'Escape the Night'". VideoInk. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  9. ^ Gavilanes, Grace (June 15, 2016). "Escape the Night, YouTube Red Trailer". People. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  10. ^ Agard, Chancellor (June 23, 2016). "'Escape the Night' cast performs a spooky séance on new YouTube Red series — exclusive". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  11. ^ Lear, Samantha (July 6, 2016). "Joey Graceffa on Escape the Night & YouTube Co-Stars: Video". Wetpaint, Inc. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 
  12. ^ Weiss, Geoff (October 17, 2016). "YouTube Red Renews Joey Graceffa's 'Escape The Night' As Service Reports Steady Growth". Tubefilter. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  13. ^ Weiss, Geoff (May 25, 2017). "Liza Koshy, Tyler Oakley, Jesse Wellens To Star In Season 2 Of YouTube Red's 'Escape The Night'". Tubefilter. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ Lawrence, Derek (May 24, 2017). "Joey Graceffa's 'Escape the Night 2' Cast Is Revealed — See Which YouTube Stars Are in the Sequel". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ Weiss, Geoff (May 24, 2018). "Joey Graceffa's 'Escape the Night' Returning to YouTube Premium for Season Three". Tubefilter. Retrieved May 25, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Escape the Night Official Twitter". Twitter. May 29, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Escape the Night TV Review". Retrieved 2017-08-05. 

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