6 Puzzle-Based Horrors To Watch If You're A Fan Of Mastermind Games

6 Puzzle-Based Horrors To Watch If You're A Fan Of Mastermind Games
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For those who love playing games, especially the deadly ones.

If you're looking for movies that are both cerebral and heart-pounding, and if you're a big fan of Jigsaw and his games, here are 6 puzzle-based horror movies that should top your watchlist.

1. Cube (1997)

The story of this Twilight Zone-inspired cult classic centers on a group of five strangers trapped in a Kafkaesque prison who must escape a labyrinthine maze of deadly traps. As the characters navigate their way through the intricate puzzle of interconnected rooms, the tension escalates as trust and cooperation become both dangerous and crucial to their survival.

2. No Escape (2020)

This film follows celebrity vlogger Cole and his friends as they venture into an exclusive escape room in Moscow, only to find themselves in real danger. Inspired by social media influencers, the movie explores the disconnect between the online persona and the real world and pays off with a bloody and entertaining nod to the splatter movie genre.

3. The Belko Experiment (2016)

In this disturbing thriller, a group of employees at a corporate office find themselves trapped and forced to participate in a twisted social experiment. Faced with complex moral dilemmas, they must solve the mystery of their predicament before it's too late.

4. Escape Room (2019)

Combining psychological suspense with the thrill of survival, Escape Room follows a group of strangers who are invited to take part in an immersive escape room experience. The game takes a different approach, however, as participants realize the stakes are higher than they thought, as each room presents deadly puzzles that require quick thinking and teamwork to overcome.

5. Nine Dead (2010)

In a similar vein to the Saw franchise, a group of strangers, each with a mysterious connection to one another, wake up chained together in a basement. The movie explores the psychological aspects of fear, desperation, and human nature, and as the tension builds, the characters are forced to confront their past in order to unravel the mystery.

However, it turns out that not all of the strangers are willing to reveal their secrets for the sake of others.

6. Stay Alive (2006)

More of a guilty pleasure than a critically acclaimed movie, Stay Alive follows a group of young gamers who find themselves facing real danger when the deaths they die in the game begin to mirror real-life events.

The movie blends the gaming world with the supernatural, creating an eerie atmosphere as the characters face the terrifying consequences of the actions they take in both the game and the real world.

Do you think you would survive such puzzle-based games?