Escape from Tomorrow
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.
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
- 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.
- The movie fails to properly use the Disney World setting and makes numerous, glaring inaccuracies.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wooden acting.
- 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.
- 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).
- Extremely obvious green-screen.
- Special effects wouldn't work in a few scenes, thus ruining the scene itself like poorly-edited black eyes on a few characters.
- Utilizes unconformable and shocking scenes/subplots like the aforementioned cat flu in the worst way possible.
- 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.
- The movie feels more like an attack on Siemens, the engineering company, rather than Disney.
- Poor writing and terrible dialogue. Most notably, there's a scene where Jim describes Spaceship Earth as a "giant testicle".
- Filler scenes about people on the rides that drags on for too long and have no relevance to the plot.
- Lame soundtrack.
- The ending is incredibly confusing.
- 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.
- Even though the soundtrack is lame, the songs themselves are rather mixed and a few songs are actually good.
- The evil ex-employee has a decent backstory to explain why she's evil, by over-hugging a child to death.
- 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.