Escape from Tomorrow is currently being called “the film that shouldn’t exist, but it does”. Shot guerilla style on location at Disneyland and Walt Disney World without permission from The Walt Disney company, the cast and crew used their iPhones to store the script and record sound, while the entire film was shot in monochrome using two Canon 5D cameras.
The film has been generating a lot of buzz thanks to the incredible lengths that were taken to shoot it, and Disney’s strange silence on the legal issue of permission surrounding the shoot. Early reviews have the film sitting on 83% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and now we have an official “black band” trailer to see what the fuss is about.*
An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist and darkly comic nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy Parisian teenagers. Chillingly shot in black and white, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.
Hands up, who hasn’t thought to themselves at some stage that Disneyland could be really creepy? I went to EuroDisney when I was 9, and some of the rides and people in costumes just freaked me out, so much so that I would hide behind my parents whenever Mickey Mouse walked past. Looks like writer and director Randy Moore has capitalised on sense of unease, times ten. Plus, who doesn’t think children are creepy anyway?
Escape from Tomorrow stars Roy Abramsohn and Elena Schuber and is scheduled for release on October 11, in theaters and for download.
*Yes I know there’s no such thing as a black band trailer, but it doesn’t have a rating yet and I’m feeling creative.
Last Updated: September 25, 2013