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If you think Comic-Con is all about sitting in conference rooms watching panels, think again. Some of the most exciting moments experienced by attendees this year took place outside the walls of the convention center and put the “active” in activation (sorry), challenging pop culture fans with escape rooms, trivia challenges, and other wackiness. Here were some of the best experiences IndieWire encountered this week — out-of-the-box thinking that drew us into the worlds of our favorite films and shows.
How will you celebrate your Purge Night? And do you have everything you need to get through the night? If don’t, thank USA Network for bringing the Purge City supply store to Comic-Con, where with a budget of 20 Purge Bucks you can get everything you need to celebrate the night right.
An immersive theatrical experience located on the back lawn of the convention center transported attendees into the stars for this preview of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted science series
The fan favorite Fox animated comedy offered a true service to the convention: Delicious Shake Shack cuisine (with, of course, a “Bob’s Burgers” touch).
The upcoming Facebook Watch drama challenged participants to engage with a new way of living at the center of the series — with a series of puzzles that revealed the darkness at this secret order.
The upcoming Amazon Prime series set up an installation where visitors could explore the world of the show and be tested for both their physical and mental abilities using some truly cutting edge technology.
In the future, remember, all restaurants are Taco Bell. That’s at least according to the film “Demolition Man,” which partnered with Taco Bell to create a 2032-era restaurant for fans who wanted to sample the food of the future. Even Wesley Snipes stopped by!
Not the most active of activations, but still fun: The upcoming Fox supernatural drama teased its midseason premiere by putting one of its test subjects on display, seen here with “The Passage” star Saniyya Sidney.
A celebration of FX’s current line-up included the opportunity to get inside Archer’s head, a descent into the craziness of “Legion,” a look at the crazy artifacts of “American Horror Story,” and a taste of what to expect from the new season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
To get excited about the home video release of the ’80s-obsessed action film, attendees were given plenty of cool selfie opportunities, including in a hallway designed to mimic the infamous hotel from “The Shining.”
You know how claw machines can be frustrating because you’ll get your position perfect, but the claw just doesn’t grab hard enough? Why not eliminate the middleman and become the claw yourself in order to score some Syfy swag?
No telling what horrors could be found inside this spooky hotel mashing up Stephen King’s greatest works when attendees were invited to check in…
Image: Brandon Means/FOX
Image: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images for Taco Bell.