If there’s one way to get your park-hopper pass revoked for good, it’s filming a movie, especially one that paints the company in such a depressing light, at Disneyland and Walt Disney World without permission. How Randy Moore, the writer and director of Escape From Tomorrow, hasn’t been sued yet by the wonderful world of Disney remains a mystery, but that might change after they get a whiff of the first trailer for the Sundance hit (read Allison Loring’s review) as it prepares for its theatrical release.
In short, Roy Abramsohn plays Jim, a man on his last day of vacation with his family at the Walt Disney World resort. When he gets bad news over the phone from his boss, it triggers something that causes him to spiral out of control and see things that may or may not be there. His child’s eyes turn demonic and black, fellow parkgoers turn into Tinkerbells, fireworks become explosions — a man’s head turns into the Epcot Spaceship Earth sphere. Just check out the trailer for yourself:
First, nothing says a hearty “screw you” to the House of Mouse like starting your trailer off with “the following motion picture has not been approved for all audiences by the Walt Disney Company.” That’s a bold move, Moore. Let’s see how it plays out. From there, we’re treated with much of the fantastical and often terrifying imagery seen through the eyes of our protagonist in the “Happiest Place on Earth.”
Perhaps what makes it especially sinister is the decision to film in black and white, which makes even innocuous things like Goofy marching cheerfully across the park look like he’s out for blood. The decision to use Disney-fied fonts and those little sprinkles of glitter (fairy dust?), along with the crashing score is pretty genius too. Now if Moore had gotten ahold of “When You Wish Upon a Star,” then you know he just had a death wish.
Escape From Tomorrow is in theaters October 11th.