EXCLUSIVE: I went on Squid Game and it was HELL: Player endured four days of ‘physical and mental torture’ in a freezing muddy field as she battled to win £3.7M on the ‘cruel’ Netflix show
- Squid Game contestant reveals the ’emotional and physical torment’ of show
- She claims the contest was fixed and she was wrongly eliminated after four days
A Squid Game contestant has given a harrowing account of the appalling conditions and ‘torture’ that players endured during filming – and insisted the contest was fixed.
The British woman, in her late 20’s, told how she had endured nearly four days of ’emotional and physical torment’ before being ‘wrongly’ kicked out of the real-life competition based on Netflix hit thriller series.
She told how she personally witnessed four people collapsing – including one who was carried away on a stretcher – during a gruelling 12 hours on set on the first day of filming as temperatures plunged to -3C.
The woman, whose name is Sophie, claimed she was among competitors who were ‘unfairly’ kicked out in the first round of the contest insisting producers ‘had already decided who was going to go through’.
She said those eliminated – including many who had travelled from around the world in the hope of landing a £3.7 million prize – discovered that their flights home had already been booked and their suitcases had not been put in storage like other competitors.
Sophie said she endured a four-day ordeal in which contestants were treated like prisoners and subjected to tormenting mind games – before the competition had even begun.
Sophie said: ‘From the second you got to the hotel you had to isolate’
Sophie said: ‘They had security everywhere. There was a guard on every floor that they took up and there were more in the lobby’
And Sophie said she endured a four-day ordeal in which contestants were treated like prisoners and subjected to tormenting mind games – before the competition had even begun.
Guards were positioned around the London hotel where guests were put up by the production team and they were ordered to stay in their rooms 24 hours a day.
She told MailOnline: ‘Conditions were horrendous and the whole thing was staged. It was a huge con.
‘People were treated in a diabolical way. Many had travelled from the other side of the world to be there without any chance of winning.
‘It was torture. Everything you did was completely controlled by them and it completely messes with your mind.
‘The way we were treated and the conditions were not humane. People are going to be really scarred by this.’
Sophie told how her ordeal began last Friday afternoon when she arrived at the hotel and was forced to stay in her room for the next 60 hours. Many competitors from abroad had arrived the previous Monday, she said.
Sophie told how her ordeal began last Friday afternoon when she arrived at the hotel and was forced to stay in her room for the next 60 hours. Many competitors from abroad had arrived the previous Monday, she said
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Sophie said: ‘It was 100 per cent like being in prison and you were subjected to psychological torture.
‘From the second you got to the hotel you had to isolate. You weren’t allowed outside the hotel. You had to be in your room 24/7 apart from when you got your meals.
‘They had security everywhere. There was a guard on every floor that they took up and there were more in the lobby.
‘People had travelled from all round the world and some had been there since the week before they started filming.
‘You were allowed out three times a day for 10 minutes at a time as long as you had to have masks on and couldn’t talk to anyone.
‘You had allocated time slots to go and get your food. You had to go downstairs. You had to have masks on and you couldn’t talk to anybody.
‘You had to get your meal and get a tray and take it back to your room. When you finished you had to put it outside your door.
‘They didn’t really give us a reason. They said you’re not allowed to talk to anyone until you’re on camera because it all has to be filmed.
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‘They said they were trying to prepare us for the game, being isolated. You were stuck in a room with no ventilation. The windows only opened a tiny bit.
‘I really struggled with the isolation.
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‘Some people were eliminated before the game started. Some people tried to go outside and they got caught. A group of girls were found in each other’s rooms and a guy tried to go downstairs to get a coffee in the cafe and they all got eliminated.
‘The day before filming started they took our mobile phones and laptops and locked our suitcases. They put a padlock on and didn’t give us the codes so we couldn’t get into them.’
Sophie told how competitors set off at 4.30am on Monday in a fleet of coaches for the 90 minute journey to Cardington Studios, a former RAF base near Bedford.
The freezing conditions began to hit competitors as they were assembled in a series of marquees set up outside the hangar where filming was taking place which only had ‘a couple of small heaters’.
She said it was more than six hours before filming started on the first game called Red Light, Green Light.
In the game competitors had five minutes to get across a stretch of land while music was playing.
Each time the music stopped players had to ‘freeze’ and if they didn’t do it quickly enough they were eliminated in a fake shooting sequence.
Sophie said: ‘Some people were really excited, some were very nervous but by the time we actually started everyone was so cold that they were just miserable.
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‘Just prior to the game starting we were told we were not allowed to talk to anybody and we were not allowed to speak and we were not allowed to speak during the game.
‘It was freezing in the hangar and every time the music stopped they were taking out those who were eliminated.
‘We were stood there for up to 30 minutes at a time in this freezing cold weather trying to stay still and people were collapsing.
‘It was that cold you couldn’t feel your body. People were getting hypothermia. One girl’s lips went blue. Another guy just fell to the floor because he just couldn’t feel his body. That was a big concern.
‘I was near the front and I went out before the end of the game but I saw at least four people collapse.
‘We probably had been there a couple of hours by that point. People were collapsing because they were hanging on as long as they could and they just lost all use of their bodies.
‘People were suffering in silence because they were so determined that they wanted to get through the game.
‘They didn’t want to call for a medic because they knew they would be eliminated and that is why they were collapsing. It was awful.
Sophie told how competitors set off at 4.30am on Monday in a fleet of coaches for the 90 minute journey to Cardington Studios, a former RAF base near Bedford (Cardington Studios in Bedford pictured)
‘There was so much money at stake. People were there from all walks of life, some from very poor backgrounds and they were determined that they would do whatever they possibly can to win this life changing money. They were distraught once they were out.
‘When people were collapsing the people around were shouting ”Medic. Medic. Medic” and a few times it took a while before the medic got to them.
‘People were getting quite distressed about it. One girl got stretchered out because she just collapsed. Her face was white and her lips were blue.’
Describing how competitors were eliminated, Sophie said: ‘When we played the first game the rule was, we had devices fitted to us which sensed the motion.
‘If you move it’s supposed to trigger the motion sensor. You have a pack with fake blood in it that goes off when you are supposedly shot and you have to drop to the floor.
‘They knew exactly who they wanted to go through to the next round and who they didn’t.
The British woman, in her late 20’s, told how she had endured nearly four days of ’emotional and physical torment’ before being ‘wrongly’ kicked out of the real-life competition based on Netflix hit thriller series
‘People around me were blatantly moving and they were not getting shot. I did not move an inch and I got shot. When I went out people were coming out in floods of tears.
‘They were so distressed because they were in such cold conditions and they knew they didn’t move and it was unfair. They took it really badly.
‘They had 200 microphones and the rest were dummies. Everyone who had real ones stayed in the game and the rest were out.
‘They said to us they had run out of microphones and when you get through to the next stage we will make sure you have a real one.
‘They interviewed certain people beforehand who had interesting stories behind them and they all went through.
‘There were sets of twins, a mother and son and a guy with one eye. They were unique characters.
She said it was more than six hours before filming started on the first game called Red Light, Green Light
‘They obviously interviewed them because they were going through.
‘One girl collapsed because she was so cold, she was a twin. The medics took her out they then warmed her up and took her back and she went through even though she should have been eliminated.’
She described filming as ‘shambolic’ and said producers had not been prepared for the conditions.
Sophie said: ‘They hadn’t taken into consideration just how cold it would be. They took our coats off us and we had to sit around for hours on end in the freezing cold.
‘They took out coats off us and people were sitting around for hours on end. We just had our thermals and our tracksuits.
‘I think even the producers were worried. They were trying to brain wash us constantly telling us how lucky we were to even been there but they knew, they were worried themselves. They weren’t expecting things to be as bad as they were.’
Sophie told how she returned to the hotel at 8pm and despite being eliminated from the game was kept in isolation until the following morning.
She said: ‘I wish I had never done it. I was naïve. In the end I just couldn’t get out there quick enough.’
Studio Lambert, the production company making the programme, which is called Squid Game: The Challenge, has been contacted to comment.
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