Stranger Things: A review: More like Better things

So many of us know that one day the post-apocalyptic survivors will consist of Trump, Google and Netflix.

Right now I’m happy with the latter surviving especially if they keep providing decent original series like Stranger Things. An eight part mystery horror set in 80’s small town America. The cliché boxes are literally being ticked as the first few minutes of the show play out, what I can say is that on this occasion, cliché is your friend.

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We don’t do spoilers here at the Hall of information, but we do our best to persuade you, valuable reader, to go out there and watch the shit I watch. Then we can converse over a few vodkas one lunch time about such things. Yes, my lunchtimes are wild.

So the Duffer brothers have done their absolute best to bring you all a show which from the very beginning pays homage to Stephen King and John Carpenter style story telling . This is also completed by the postmodern synthy type music that plays as we see the red neon writing that reads this show’s title. There are numerous 80’s greats that this show tributes, something which JJ Abrams tried to do with super 8 but just missed the mark.

Some of these tributes include the goonies with a great group of leading kids whose characters contribute to believable situations in an unbelievable situation. When they are not on their bikes they are forever referencing geek stuff such as dungeons and dragons, Star Wars and x men stuff.. An escaped mystery girl with telekinetic powers even mirrors Carrie in some senses.

The first billed actress Winona Ryder plays an older single mum struggling to meet ends when her youngest of two sons mysteriously goes missing. Although she does over play it sometimes, her performance is mostly positive.

The town’s nearby department of energy are more than just a power station and so the premise of mystery along with this kid going missing quickly ensues.

We see the town’s rugged and somewhat over the hill police chief, very well depicted by David Harbour bring a performance of a man whose witnessed great loss but will do anything to find this missing kid. His solo scenes are something which can only be described as a joy to watch, all the more reason to get behind him. His chemistry with Winona Ryder make two brilliant leads along with some of the older kids. All of them with one goal. To find out what happened to this missing boy and what is going on in their town.

Even just as a look back at a time of such rich pop culture makes Stranger Things probably the hottest show on Netflix right now. The music, clothes, cars and look are all something an immense amount of effort has gone into.

We’ve all seen orange is the new black, now its time for horror to rule for a while.

The pacing, atmosphere and characterization are well achieved by the writer/director brothers who have brought an instant cult classic which I urge you all to watch. Yes you may cower behind the sofa but you’ll be better for it.

It really is about time that we stopped relying on House, Buffy and breaking bad to re watch for viewing pleasure. There is new stuff and its good.

The show can either be seen as a stand alone or with plenty of stories left open. If a season two is on the cards, it has my vote.

OITNB: Season 4 Review #nospoilers

The full title of this review post is actually: Orange is the new Black: Season 4 Review #nospoilers so calm your shit but in all honesty you should have finished watching the new season by now as it’s probably the best thing you can buy for a £7 monthly subscription fee.

Unfortunately, that is an inappropriately long title to convert into a URL and then paste onto twitter although short versions are available I’m not that technically gifted. Words are my specialty not computer machines.

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And so it’s that time of year again where Litchfield opens its heavily barred gates to continue and tell some new stories. A Litchfield that last time we saw, was on the verge of becoming a business and then thrown into chaos with an open perimeter fence. Don’t forget the influx of hundreds of new prisoners and of course Judy King!

A compliment to the writers as they continue to story right were the season before left off. Something which isn’t done enough in TV, even sometimes last season final outings are ignored along with their repercussions and even skipped. Not with OITNB, we as an audience are treated not only with continual stories continuing, but new characters, situations and alliances combined with this continuation.

In most top TV shows there are only third, fourth and fifth stories which swap around depending on the episode. For this show, we see the third, fourth and fifth develop and intertwine throughout whilst still being reminded of the main stories.

Our central character Piper is more of a frequent in this series as opposed to the last but overall the main character has to be the prison itself. Nobody is treated like a side show or event which bolsters this already brilliant formula. Newly arrived characters from previous seasons and even the beginning are given origins stories whilst existing people are built upon. A rich amount of detail is thrown into every one of the 13 episodes, and to me that beats the Walking Dead and Game of thrones.

Stuff happens all the time, whether that be comedic or down right tragic. Existing conflicts evolve to really bring together the three main ethnic groups inside this now business like prison. The introduction of new guards only stirs the already boiling pot that is going to cook out of control. This season has been building from the very beginning and could only be pulled off after the previous events happened. The tension is somewhat rising dramatically this time out.

From what begins as a series of intrigue eventually finds itself and its own voice with unfortunate and tragic outcomes in some places. At the latter end of episodes, it gets very dark and somewhat emotional, I mean we have seen shock and awe at Litchfield but tragedy, something you can only use in moderation twists everything. Most of the faces from before are back, even with a few decent cameos of ‘departed’ characters. There’s someone in there you can like and relate to.

Much like every episode of Orange is the new black, we get an awesome ending which leaves us all on a cliffs edge. But we are not left dangling, only thinking about what will happen next. If you have Netflix it’s about the only decent original thing out there, so go and see it.

Other news (because soon I will need to sell books)

Ok so July has somehow rolled around which means its around two months until my first book Open Evening comes out via e-book and later on paper back. Just a little shameless plug and a thanks to all who have supported me so far. This book is a new start for me and not about robots in the future. It revolves around the concept of how horrific high school can be, then introduce some actual horror and Open Evening is born.

I’m sure you will all be bored with my constant updates, but stay posted for more book related stuff.

After all this my #yearofwriting

 

 

 

The Conjuring 2: Horror done right

And I’m back for my second ever Saturday blog post. The last one worked so well I thought I would do another some months later. Things are about to get a little spooky and jump scary as we delve into a review of the Conjuring 2.

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I know for many people horror isnt your film genre. Understandably, there are many terrible horror stories out there, the monster gets revealed too quickly or you can see the ghost is actually a guy dressed in a bed sheet. Or you’re the other type who doesn’t like the potential heart attack, again understandably.
Myself, the jump scares and loud bursts of music have become something I can live with for the sake of seeing a decently put together story unfold.
So if you are familiar with the Conjuring and Annabelle (the latter in which I reviewed on here before) you will grasp the format. If not, well, there’s this couple, Ed and Lorraine Warren. They are paranormal investigators and work closely with the church. They take on cases of ghosts, ghoulies and possessions. Loosely they are based on a actual people, that’s always nice and adds to the horror.

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This time out they are faced with the ever so famous Enfield haunting. Of course this is after their most famous case back in the states, Amityville. The film introduces us to the aftermath of Amityville whilst slowly building up Enfield and the events that happened back in the 70’s. You can really feel the sense of build up and the story taking its time, something in which most films of this genre rush and fail at.
The two hauntings either side of the Atlantic have one thing in common. The potential to be hoax, even now it isnt really known if either are. Another contribution to the horror, mystery and sense of realists. Again boxes are being ticked here.
Eventually things start to get pretty damn poltergeisty (if that’s a word) in London and the media catch on. Events and the setting cling pretty close to the real story, with the Hodgson family being very well cast and convincing throughout. So it isnt long until the famous Warren’s are invited by the church to see what the damn hell is taking place.
I don’t give much away in my reviews, especially if this is a film I incline you to see, and it is. This conjuring 2 is a re-telling of a famous ghost story and built around just that. Of course the truth is merged with imagination and I couldn’t help but enjoy the build up of jump scares which were consistent and not over done.
Director James Wan has done a fantastic job with this beautifully shot creep fest. You can see they spent time and money on making this film look good on screen. This is of course a cinema film, especially if you want the sounds and sights. Even when somebody came down the aisle of the cinema I found myself on edge. In fact the whole audience behaved, something which tension will do to an audience. A rarity these days.
Both Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the paranormal investigator couple pick up exactly where they left off and built upon their already rich chemistry and characterisation. This isn’t just a horror story but a trip back to late seventies England. Something in which older viewers will enjoy.
Whilst it’s still at the movies, go and see it.

#Brexit A nation de-vided

Before I delve into what has been a very interesting and somewhat revolutionary bunch of days for UK politics I would just like to say:

It’s OK to be pissed off about a certain way an election/ vote has gone.

Its OK to have an opinion about the UK EU referendum and for either side.

Its OK to debate and voice your opinion just so as long as you are pleasant and nice about it, especially with friends. And above all, its more than ok to make any political situation comical, it’s a way of coping.

I don’t want to use this blog page in a way that throws opinions of politics into disarray or to start any kind of debate, yes your opinion is welcome but the main aim of this page is to grow viewers who will hopefully one day buy my book.

So what happened?

I woke up on Friday morning to see the news of Prime Minister David Cameron resigning. To my shock the British public had voted to leave the European union. Soon enough social media went into over drive. What shocked me the most was the mood of people who didn’t get what they wanted from the referendum vote. Some even resorting to say it was horrific or scary (perhaps a little dramatic).

I must say in nearly every election I have voted in, I haven’t got what I wanted. That’s the case for many many people. Most who aren’t racists or radicals but people who want the best for themselves and the country. Not getting your way is a harsh reality of living in a democracy. A place where you are free to speak about your disdain for whatever result. A place where its OK to be annoyed at a government without fear.

We (the UK) are a civilized bunch (or so we say) but we also love a good moan. In fact it felt like to me nobody on my tweet machine or Facebook actually voted leave. Well someone had to because it was the majority vote.

My opinion (in or out) will remain to myself for now as its no longer relevant. The UK voted out and now we must look on together as a nation, for unity. Again something in which the UK politicians should lead by example, except that’s wrong.

Already several politicians are resigning and leaving their responsibility. Public service is their gig so why don’t they roll up their sleeves and get on with it? If a decision came my way at work that I didn’t like I wouldn’t be taking my ball and going home, I cant afford to. Hence comes my reaction to this vote, not the result itself but the behavior of public figures has been completely and utterly disgraceful.

Yeah I get it Mr Cameron, you wanted in and didn’t get it, you can leave. But everyone else just bailing on their government because of one decision not going their way, come on man. Walking away from something is what you learn not to do as a kid.

Its so ironic that this vote by the people has gone the way the people wanted and for once the sitting pretty politicians have no control of it.

This country needs each other right now, and it’s just seemed to of divided us further. Banks and share values always react like they are and will recover. The world’s perception of us will be as it once was again and things wont feel like they have changed just yet. After all evolution is a change that nobody sees. I’m sure the UK and world will survive, we have left geographically, just politically.

That’s my moan about this whole thing, but what I have appreciated is how politically connected many of my friends are. The vote had a good turn out.

What I loved the most was the political satire and comedy that came from what probably is a serious situation, but you have to be sarcastic first before dealing with it. Below are some social media highlights….

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My new Book is complete

Now before I and at least one person who reads this gets carried away, let’s just say those two words are always written ironically the first time around. I know more than most that a writer’s work never really ends.

Yesterday I overcame odds which seemed to pile up around me back in April. Back then my story seemed to have no way out, it felt boring and lacklustre. Amongst the few cool concepts there was just no way I could continue this and get a book out of it. It even made me a tad angry.

Now that’s all in the process of creativity, I have learned. Especially this time around. Ever since I dropped my previous robot crime futuristic project I have tried to write in a way where I am not attached emotionally to the narrative.

Yes, anything I write means a lot to me, but the stuff I am now writing leaves me willing to chuck it all towards the publishing fire and spend it on building a readership. This doesn’t mean the product will lack in quality, there is just less emotion on the line if it fails.

My arrival as an independent author is important and imminent. Tomorrow will see the final performance of my first written and directed play by Iver Heath Drama club. A beta arrival if you say where my work and voice can hopefully be seen, all portrayed by some wonderful performers.

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Back track to last year and Open Evening was born, a soon to be published debut novel by me which I am ever so proud to bring out. After finishing that and organisation of the publication I had a great energy to see if I could do another. Not a sequel but another stand-alone book in the genre of mystery and thriller (there will be more about it very soon). By the turn of this year my efforts were well under way for this next story and everything became apparent.

With the balance of shift working and trying to write amongst a social life that tended to decline slightly, my back was firmly against the wall. Consideration must be taken into account as I had very few plot or themes to work with. This book was the child of spontaneity. I planned badly and tried to rely on the Open Evening formula, that being a story which I have seen a thousand times which poured onto the page. This next project not so much, in fact this has been my longest draft to date, just shy of 7 months.

Only my experience and dedication alone got me out of this project in one piece and still my record for starting a project and completing it remains, just about. Next I shall be taking a week or so off writing. Then my attention turns to the final edit of Open Evening, just in time for it to go towards Satin Publishing and then to my readers.

As I said a writer’s work is never done.

Oh and one other thing, my next book is called Darke Blood!

My #YearOfWriting Continues…..

 

 

A thank you to followers

The Hall of information officially opened for business nearly two years ago with a dedication to gaining more followers. With every entry over that time I can happily say that the follows have slowly crept up to 70. Something which two years ago Lee wouldn’t have thought a realistic thing.

My whole premise is to build a loyal following of good tasted people who will buy my book when it first hits the shelves this September. Yes, Open Evening will make its journey over the summer through a professional cover artist and professional edit. Hopefully a wonderfully polished product will come out the other side and will be something I am more than proud to share with you.

This blog is titled a journey to publication and it is during my year of writing that the destination is sitting just before the horizon now. A year so far which has seen me over come a high level of writers block type frustration along with adapting to being a shift worker. Things will just take longer to create from scratch from now on. My latest draft of a new title will hopefully reach completion with in a few weeks and maybe I will divulge some more info on that soon.

In other writing news my first play will make its way to the stage next week. Hotel doom stars an all talented cast of fine actors and actresses who have worn my writing like a glove. Their input has been amazing and we have a great show. It would be a shame if the audience numbers do not match the level of this show so if your in town next week then check it out here.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has ever supported me on this journey of writing. Whether you have simply liked a status, retweeted or followed me in some capactity I can only do this with your help. Let’s get some new faces out there on the shelves with decent meaningful stories to tell.

editing begins

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Brexit the movie: A review

Last time out I did make an attempt (although I was less informed) to argue about the whole UK exiting the EU thing. The media have unwillingly called it Brexit and tonight I aim to give you a more concise case about the whole deal.

First of all, no matter what you hear in the media and including the film I am about to review, you will not find an impartial for/against discussion anywhere. Wherever you go there will be an agenda and I no longer want to hear that you can’t find any information for and against. Stop being lazy and go do some research. That means it is your responsibility to do this yourself, by that I mean research the facts and figures. Only under the surface of comparing GDP’s will you grasp the full meaning of this referendum.

This is bigger than any general election and maybe even the biggest political decision anyone in the UK will make. Why? Because every five years if we are not happy with the clown at the helm we can vote otherwise for someone perhaps less clown like.

There’s a film available on YouTube called Brexit the movie, and yes the people behind this have an agenda. As I said you will have to research and decide yourself but the internet age is a wonderful thing when it comes to opinion. Why? Because it’s allowed no matter what.

The whole premise of this well produced factual presentation is to provide the viewer with a little insight as to what the EU actually is and what it actually does (if there is an answer for either). The tone is against the EU but there are some very interesting points made and delivered all the way through via facts and figures.

The EU main offices located in Brussels consist of over 90 buildings, many of which the local people have no idea where the headquarters is. Why is this such a point? Because it sets the trend for things to come. Another fact is simply this:

10,000 people who work for the EU in Brussels are paid more than the British Prime Minister. That is 1 in 5 of their total staff.

An MEP will choose to pay between 8-24% tax.

Soon the argument comes back to the shores of Britain where the fishing industry has been completely shackled by EU regulation and law. For every £1 that comes from the EU in the north east of the uk you have to pay £2.30 back to them in tax. I mean, what? Its not just the fishing industry that are suffering its nearly every type of home grown industry you can think of.

The EU it would seem have done nothing but slap rules and regulations upon everything, hell every time the UK voted against an EU measure, 72 to be precise they were defeated 72 times!

The facts and numbers go on. I could write a gripping Sunday times spread about this if I knew the right people but this movie sends everything home. That is what this is about after all, our home.

I would seem the EU has made so many rules for absolutely anything. An example is the pillow you lay on every night:

5 EU laws cover the pillow case alone and then the pillow itself is governed by 109 laws!

Bread alone has 1246 laws and milk well the cows wont be coming home until they have read the 12,653 laws involved.

This whole regulation this began after WW2. The UK suffered long after with rationing and because of these European restrictions. They held us down whilst the losers of that war (Germany) eventually became the 3rd strongest economy in the world. Why? Because they threw out the regulations and did it their way. It is noted they joined the EU eventually but they were strong enough before.

We can move on now to the corporations, the big guys in business. Now they love the EU, why?  Because most of them are lobbying in the EU for regulations that crush everyone but them. If there’s no market competition because Tesco has taken all the little men down then how is the consumer supposed to benefit.

This also poses a problem on importing. The EU would rather support a local dwindling business that let an outside manufacturer with a far superior product get into the EU market. They’ll slap a tariff, a tax and an overabundance of regulations on this better manufacturer. Who suffers? Us the consumers.

No way am I anti Europe and even this film doesn’t come across that way but they have definitely lifted the lid on this ‘protectionism’ going on and stopping the average joe from getting a good deal.

If we leave the EU wont we need to negotiate trade deals?

This question is just a scare tactic. The EU is already a trade deal, that’s what it is and its a bad one, really bad. Take Switzerland for example, probably the richest country in the world. They have been independent for nearly ever and they are so successful. They do what they want and you don’t need a trade deal like them to trade with other countries. Every country will have a certain level of rules but there is no deal needed.

What I have decided is this: The EU are holding down the development of any economy. Just compare their GDP to any others, even developing countries. Now we are seeing more and more far right parties getting in around the continent and dragging us into it.

We are not ‘rocking the boat’ by leaving, although if you really researched the case for and against the boat got sold off years ago.

For those unsure, do the research and of course watch the film but above all go out on referendum day and vote!

 

Time to leave Europe?

It’s politics season yet again, well that’s how it feels and in the past few weeks there have been local elections that nobody cared about and of course the European union debate continues on.

By elections that nobody cares about, I mean Sky news did. Even when news is slow they find something to cover, to death. I digress. My agenda for this current blog entry is to discuss that merging of two words that nobody seems to approve of and though gritted teeth we all say Brexit. Like a shitty version of a celebrity marriage, except divorce is very much on the cards.

Soon enough the voting public of the UK will go out to the poles and decide whether or not we should continue to be a part of the European union. Firstly here’s the fact about that, especially as people seem to believe any scare mongering crap they read online.

If you have previously been registered to vote in the UK, you do not have to register to vote for the European vote. If you are unsure then just go to gov.uk and read it for yourself.

Onwards with the main narrative, this weekend just gone we had the Eurovision song contest! Although in recent years the quality of acts has got better and better, even leaving nations like us behind. But also with that quality comes the political undertone that dominates the whole farce. A farce is a fair word to describe the contest which sees Australia (nothing against them but why?) entered for the second time in two consecutive years and a new voting system that even the judges had no clue about thus making it that much clearer to me that the whole thing is probably rigged.

I talk about Eurovision because it reflects to me what ‘Europe’ really think of the UK. Its watched by the people. Well they don’t think of us in all honesty, just look at where we finished. And by Europe, how many of the finalist countries are actually big time players in the EU? Really this contest is the only proper way to see how our mainland neighbours actually perceive us if you take away any quality a song we produce it relies on.

Political undertones if there were any in this contest are normally aimed at Vladimir Putin and the gang. And yes the Ukraine’s entry aimed their message at him. They won. Therefore, confirming the fact that Europe don’t actually know that we are about to consider leaving their ‘club’. I mean to really confirm that we would need a Brexit themed song (imagine that!) to stand up against the Ukraine to really know but I get this feeling the whole ‘please don’t leave us gang’ is actually an illusion. I think Europeans are more worried about what Russia are going to do as opposed to what we might do.

Leaving Europe is a serious consideration and well looking around nobody has given me a decent argument for either case. Stay or leave? Who the frig knows? Do the EU care? Probably not.

Maybe we should just quietly divorce and move on. We have it our way mostly, especially with our much stronger currency. Maybe we should just go old skool like the days of the empire and politely say ‘fu** them!’ Or is that too offensive for the offended police?

Either way if you can vote. Do vote. It’s your duty as a resident of a democratic nation, the right to change through voting is all we sometimes have as voice. Much like Eurovision, if it isn’t rigged. Above all this is just my opinion. What do you think about the UK leaving the EU? Answers on a postcard?

 

Reflections of a writer director

I write this current blog entry after what has been a pretty damn disheartening week for me. Before I spend words moaning at life being hard and all I would like to say that this piece isn’t directed at anyone personally other than myself.
Although it would be easy to use social media as a vessel for sending subliminal messages I am very much an adult and won’t do such things. More over I would rather use this blog page as a way of just venting my current feelings and mood towards things.
First off let me just talk about my writing situation, this is a blog so nobody can interrupt, basically shut up and listen.

Since November I switched departments at work in order to chase better opportunities and more money.  Doing so meant that I no longer work Monday to Friday with weekends off. My work pattern is rather sporadic at best and gives no real stable routine. Something which my writing thrives under, or used to anyway. Gone are the days where I could come home and begin writing at six all the way through to half ten at night. Those times where I really learnt my craft and I look back on them as one great lesson in penning words.
Now my time is way more valuable, not only for me to write but to spend time with my nearest and dearest and of course to actually sleep. Saying that my writing in the past five months has reached a rather diabolically slow pace. If I am completely honest the current book I am trying to draft is a complete and utter shambles. Some of you are probably saying really is it that bad? My angle is that I don’t want to sell a shitty book, which is what it currently is.

Maybe I have just taken it a bridge too far especially after the last book I drafted literally flowed like water and in a matter of months it was done. Foolishly I thought maybe I could repeat that again by just going with a few loose plot points and deciding the take it from there. Perhaps an arrogant approach from me.

There seems to be a complete lack of inspiration for me right now which is holding my creativity down below the surface of rather stormy waters. Maybe in the books I have previously written I was just lucky to have the story already there, but with this project is just a brick wall. It’s frustrating as hell because I want this so damn much and there is some awesome points that this story could shine with.

Only if I can unlock the links between these few great moments is becoming an ever such a hard task.
More than once have I almost walked away from this project, but a very deep need to succeed and get it done is holding me onto it. Somewhere my inspiration lies, but where I still haven’t found out.  I don’t watch much tv these days which is one of my many vessels of inspiration for ideas, lets face it, UK Netflix sucks a big dong.

It’s been over a week since I even looked at the book I am trying to write and as that time increases it fills me with zero remorse for walking away. We’ll see.
To add to my already frustration and lack of writing inspiration for the new book, this week I was forced to make a decision which has caused my conscience to remain a little unsettled. Being a first time writer director of a play so far has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in life but saying that, this week I had to make a rather difficult decision. Maybe it has even cut a friendship from my life, I do hope that isn’t the case.

Things were pushed a little too far in my mind and action had to be taken, deep down I feel a little remorse but the in the long run if I want something to be successful sometimes a small sacrifice is worth the reward. I will do anything to ensure my writing isn’t put at jeopardy and the fantastic cast I have, my team which I cannot let down. Making this decision truly is best for business, but where do friends come in business. Only time will take its course for me to know that.

Until then I will try to throw myself back into writing a book which my heart really isn’t in. Maybe that’s a subliminal method approach seeing as it’s about vampires.

Mind the game: Escape room Review

An emerging craze of live action escape style games are sweeping across the nation. In fact there are an estimated 55 different places in London alone where you can find yourself confined to a room that you need to escape from.
By confined, in our case at the Willesden lane Mind the Game escape room, I mean the door isn’t locked literally but more figuratively. To begin with the place from outside doesn’t appear to be much, that only adds to the imagination and charm. Literally a shop front on a London street corner is all you need to make this game as good as it is.

 

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You are met by a friendly member of staff who informatively explains the rules and what will happen and then a brief presentation follows. For us and this particular game there is a deadly pandemic spreading and the cure is much needed. The scientist/ doctor who has the curing serum is missing. Unfortunate for him but the serum is somewhere in his office and so the game begins.
With an hour on the clock you are taken into the room which is kitted out as a scientists office. Given very little in terms of clues it is up to you to go through his stuff to find your way towards getting hold of the serum!
There were a range of different puzzle type tasks from the obvious plain sight stuff to working out various numbers on the periodic table of elements. There were even chemical equations. Most of the answers led to keys or codes, slowly during the course of the allocated hour you have to open your way towards the eventual goal.
Of course moments came where all four of us were completely baffled by what lay ahead and rightly so we were given the option to ask for a clue. Although we only did this a handful of times, the written clues you do receive are as vague and cryptic so not to allow us an easy win.
After nearly 58 minutes we managed to crack the codes, open the locks and find the serum. Only because the dynamic of our team did we get this done. The escape room task is great idea for team coherence and building as you need each other to succeed. The challenges were real and difficult at times but a great way to spend an hour and the time does indeed fly.

Indeed a good birthday gift for my brother. An original concept which will only get more popular.