Central Florida, my hometown, has a reputation for putting out films that get people at festivals, like Sundance, talking. The last one, I believe, that spread like a wildfire was the 1999 Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick directed film The Blairwitch Project. Now, almost 14 years later, we got another director/Full Sail graduate, named Randy Moore, whose gone and done the unthinkable. For anyone who lives in mouse town, you know you don’t cross the rodent, but that’s precisely what he did when Randy Moore shot almost an entire film at Disney World and Disney Land without the mouse getting wind of any of it.
Escape from Tomorrow, is an amazing exercise in guerrilla film making, and even won the eye of Roger Ebert and was shown at Roger Ebert’s 15th annual film festival in Champaign, Illinois (Randy Moore’s home state), just before he past away. I compare the buzz, the film received, to the buzz The Blairwitch received awhile back. It seems everyone loves to watch naughtiness on film and what better way to be naughty, than at the place where dreams come true.
This was a very clandestine operation to shoot apparently. They even went as far as to edit the film in S. Korea, to keep the white gloves of oppression of their beloved material. Too far? I think not, my only question is why haven’t they been put in mouse jail yet?
Escape From Tomorrow is described as a postmodern, surreal voyage into the bowels of “family” entertainment as a middle-aged father loses his sanity during a close encounter with two teenage girls on holiday, all while trying to keep a straight face with his family after losing his job on the first day of vacation.
To my knowledge, Disney knows all about the film and has even placed the flick in their online supplement to Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia according to Wiki. My guess is that they are going to wait to see how well the film does before pulling a Song of the South on the entire thing. My advice to Randy is to hide this mutha, cause if this flops, he can expect to see Goofy, Donald and the entire cast of The Mickey Mouse Club, ready to smash his ass.
The film stars Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Annet Mahendru, Danielle Safady and Alison Lees-Taylor and arrives on demand and in limited theaters on October 11.
- Hot Trailer: ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ (m.deadline.com)
- ‘Escape From Tomorrow’ Trailer: Walt Disney World as Hellish Nightmare Landscape (slashfilm.com)
- Check Out Escape From Tomorrow, the “Ultimate Guerilla Film” That Was Shot Secretly at Disneyland (tor.com)
- The “Escape From Tomorrow” Trailer Is Super-Creepy (tucsonweekly.com)
- First Trailer for Guerilla Disney Film ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW (collider.com)
- Take your family to Disney World for under $100 (fatwallet.com)