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The Captured – A Live Escape Experience

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The Captured - A Live Escape Experience: Seldom has Danger Been so Much Fun
Staff Score:
5.0 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Your group would be hard-pressed to find this much fun in a single venue anywhere else in the area. Like stepping into another world, you are carried away on an adventure that requires you to use your wits (and nerves of steel) to extricate yourself from a very dicey situation. The Captured is a "can't-be-missed" experience, conveniently located at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Staff at The Captured is so certain that you will enjoy your experience that they have devised a follow-up session based upon the same scenario. You can experience both rooms during a single visit to Gatlinburg, or if time is short, make it point to come back to see what else the crazy Craft family is up to.

The history of the Craft family is quite disturbing! A man by the name of Simon Craft was a colonel in the Confederate Army and following the war was deeded a piece of land between the Cherokee Nation and Pigeon Forge. While there are many words used to describe his family, perhaps the most accurate is “twisted.”

During one particularly brutal winter, the family resorted to cannibalism. The problem was, they liked it. All these decades later, Craft descendants – led by Simon’s terrifying great-great-grandson – capture and feast upon tourists unlucky enough to stumble onto their property.

Welcome to the Craft home and the two fearful adventures that await you at The Captured!

Room number one is the Craft’s holding cellar. Once you step through the door you are officially a hostage and the Craft’s are upstairs finding a recipe that will work for your particular body type. In 60 minutes time you must use all the wits you possess to solve riddles, complete puzzles, and find  hidden clues that will allow your party to escape the family’s odd dietary urges.

If you’re wise enough, fast enough, and fortunate enough to escape the Craft’s holding cellar, you can risk fate once again by going into room number two: Scarlett’s bedroom. There you will notice that Scarlett is, in fact, the black sheep of the family. Yes, even a family as dark and twisted as the Crafts has a dark sheep. Scarlett, you see, is a serial killer with the intellect of an 8-year-old and burdened with multiple personalities. Knowing they might die, her previous prey have left a series of puzzles, riddles and clues behind to help you escape their fate.

Everything, from the set design to the storyline, is first-class. Most important, it is a rich and rewarding way to spend an hour with people you like (or at the very least, hope to escape with). Although the storyline is certainly dark, you may be surprised by the amount of time you spend laughing. That is because of the extreme eye for detail that went into planning the adventure. From its sick premise to the farcical hoops you must jump through in order to “survive,” it’s all meant to be fun. The rooms are challenging, but not impossible.  The time spent in a room is long enough to make you feel as though you paid a fair price, but not so extended that you’re ready for it to be over. In fact, if you are like many other visitors you will want another shot at the room the moment the adventure comes to a close.

One of the best parts of the venue is that you will remember it for years after your trip is over. Like a great book or movie, the details will linger in your mind. And because everyone experiences the adventure in a slightly different way, you can discuss it with your group over and over again.

Insider Tips

  • The venue books up quickly, so make group reservations as far in advance as possible. You can either call the venue or make reservations online.
  • Arrive early. Each reservation begins precisely at its scheduled time.
  • Remind any young people in your group that the entire experience is a simulation. The Craft’s are funny about crying kids.