Escape from Tomorrow

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Escape from Tomorrow
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In other words, The Banana Splits Movie BEFORE The Banana Splits Movie.
Genre: Psychological Horror
Fantasy
Directed By: Randy Moore
Produced By: Soojin Chung
Gioia Marchese
Written By: Randy Moore
Starring: Roy Abramsohn
Elena Schuber
Katelynn Rodriguez
Jack Dalton
Annet Mahendru
Danielle Safady
Alison Lees-Taylor
Cinematography: Lucas Lee Graham
Distributed By: FilmBuff
Cinedigm
Release Date: October 11, 2013
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $650,000


Escape from Tomorrow is a 2013 American black-and-white independent fantasy psychological horror film written and directed by Randy Moore in his only directorial debut.

This film was actually shot at Disney's American theme parks (secretly, though, as Disney has a rule against filming movies at their theme parks) and even tried to include that as a selling point, hoping that Disney (especially given their satanic depiction in the film) would react angrily to the film for extra publicity. However, Disney wisely decided to ignore this film altogether and as a result, this film fell into obscurity instead.

Plot

Jim White is an unsatisfied middle-aged man on vacation with his family at Disney World. While his family frolics through the park and is enthralled with the sights and sounds of Disney, Jim finds himself inexplicably obsessed with two French teenage girls. The park environment soon turns to something more sinister as Jim uncovers its secrets. Jim must protect his adventurous kids, placate his suspicious wife, and defend himself against the so-called "happiest place on Earth".

Why It Sucks

  1. Just like with Mother!, the main problem with the film is that it has no reason to exist. What was the whole point of the film? Is director Randy Moore making fun of Disney? Is he trying to make Disney sell Star Wars or something else entirely? The point of this film remains a mystery, leaving a highly nonsensical tale passed on as a movie.
    • However, according from Moore, is highly likely a combination of father issues (which later becoming more like a bad nostalgia for him) and disillusionment of the parks.
  2. The movie fails to properly use the Disney World setting and makes numerous, glaring inaccuracies.
  3. A confusing mess of a plot akin to David Lynch movies such as Eraserhead. However, unlike Eraserhead, this movie is weird and unsettling for all the wrong reasons.
  4. Jim is an absolutely unlikable and mean-spirited main protagonist, as he stalks other underage girls, abuses his family, and even cheats on his wife.
    • It was later even addressed by Randy Moore that Jim was not really a hero that the audience should root for, but more or less a jerk-ass anti-hero, due to his inappropriate actions he does throughout the film.
  5. Wooden acting.
  6. False Advertising: From the cover alone, one might think it's an full-color animated horror parody movie involving Mickey Mouse and his friends turning into bloodthirsty zombies judging from the bloodied hand on the cover, yet the movie is a black-and-white live action movie that has nothing to do with Mickey Mouse.
  7. The characters are incredibly mean-spirited and one-dimensional (except maybe for the evil ex-employee, who at least has some characterization), especially Jim (see WIS #4).
  8. Extremely obvious green-screen.
  9. Special effects wouldn't work in a few scenes, thus ruining the scene itself like poorly-edited black eyes on a few characters.
  10. Utilizes unconformable and shocking scenes/subplots like the aforementioned cat flu in the worst way possible.
  11. Although Disney is a harmless but occasionally controversial entertainment company in real life, the movie goes out of its way to portray them as being more evil than the Nazis. The director even went as far as comparing the company to a satanic cult in a behind-the-scenes interview. While there have been quite a few accidents at Disney World, they are not as frequent as this movie suggests.
  12. The movie feels more like an attack on Siemens, the engineering company, rather than Disney.
  13. Poor writing and terrible dialogue. Most notably, there's a scene where Jim describes Spaceship Earth as a "giant testicle".
  14. Filler scenes about people on the rides that drags on for too long and have no relevance to the plot.
  15. Lame soundtrack.
  16. The ending is incredibly confusing.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The movie's black-and-white cinematography, although done for budget reasons, similar to Clerks, is actually good at showing the movie's horror element.
  2. Even though the soundtrack is lame, the songs themselves are rather mixed and a few songs are actually good.
  3. The evil ex-employee has a decent backstory to explain why she's evil, by over-hugging a child to death.
  4. The premise of a adult horror film inside the Walt Disney Parks sounds pretty interesting, spite the plot or the movie itself was a waste for some person brief and blaming the parks, for his life is ruined.

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Comments


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Dominicmgm

19 months ago
Score -3
I heard Roger Ebert of all people liked this film. Then again, he liked anything monochrome and even liked Speed 2.
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MeggieConte

17 months ago
Score 0
Roger Ebert was dead when this film came out
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Dominicmgm

17 months ago
Score -1
Well it was selected for Ebertfest, so he may have liked the concept of the movie?
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SpongeBoi1999

5 months ago
Score -1
It's his opinion. Are you trying to ruin his legacy? Just asking.
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MeggieConte

17 months ago
Score -13

How is Disney a "harmless company"?

They're capitalists who abuse and exploit animals and turned one of their classic cartoon films into an AIR BUDDIES movie.
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Mickey Mouse

17 months ago
Score 14
Shut up, Disney isn't evil, it's just that people want to make Disney look bad, THEY AREN'T CAPILALISTS!
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ItMeansNothing

17 months ago
Score 1
Woooowwww, I expect someone to hate Disney, but not for this reason lol.
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LA2002

15 months ago
Score 2
Go fuck yourself, Meggie.
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Stephenfisher2001

15 months ago
Score 2
Yeah! Begone Meggie! >:(
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LeroyManTheFirst

10 months ago
Score 0
Fuck you and fuck your claim!
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HellLord

10 months ago
Score 0
Meggie supporting propaganda, yikes
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Shuga Kukki

5 months ago
Score 0
yea mickey mouse
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The Autistic Raccoon

5 months ago
Score 0
BEGONE TOXIC DISNEY HATER
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MrAnonymous

4 months ago
Score 0
BULLSHIT!
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Stephenfisher2001

15 months ago
Score 2

1. Making movies of attacking Disney, is unacceptable and unforgivable.

2. Disney Hatedom is Toxic!
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MrAnonymous

4 months ago
Score 0
I agree
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Hookuai

4 months ago
Score -1
Gravedigging a dead topic smh
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ItMeansNothing

15 months ago
Score 0
Escape from This Movie would be a WAY better title.
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Urotsukidoji-Miraheze

15 months ago
Score 2
Disney will be disrespected if they see this movie because the director of this film is disrepected the dead.
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PhantomVulture

14 months ago
Score -2
"Harmless company"? Yeah right.
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Mickey Mouse

11 months ago
Score 4
Mickey Mouse haters are among the most toxic hatebases ever
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 1
Yeah Mickey mouse
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The Autistic Raccoon

5 months ago
Score 0
Toxic Disney haters are the worst thing ever.
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Mugenlazlo

13 months ago
Score 0
That It's A Small World scene of the movie freaked me out.
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 0
Sorry guys, the comment section was broken when I went to the article today so I had to fix it
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Spindash101

8 months ago
Score 1
Man, am I glad I never saw this pile of crap.
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Shuga Kukki

5 months ago
Score 0
this movie is so bad it can even offend fans try to make Disney evil and sinister when it really isn't luckily this movie failed and Disney didn't intervene
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MrAnonymous

4 months ago
Score -1

"Hey... wanna see my head come off...?"


JUMPSCARE
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MarshalTheMarshmellow

one month ago
Score 0

I heard about this movie after trying to find out about the Spaceship Earth crashing down scene in the Disney Sing-A-Long Songs YTP, i tried to watch it and it was THE WORST MOVIE THAT I'VE EVER WATCHED IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!! IT'S LIKE THE MOVIE IS TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE DISNEY IS FRICKING HITLER AND THAT'S IT!

Immagine a similar movie from this one but instead it's Super Nintendo World or Universal than Disney World, THEY BETTER NOT DO THAT OR I WILL SERIOUSLY GET FURIOUS!!

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