‘Escape From Tomorrow’ – A Darker Disney & Guerrilla Filmmaking

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Escape From Tomorrow – ‘Ultimate Guerilla Film’

Alright folks – the new trailer for Escape From Tomorrow has me intrigued.

It had me intrigued as soon as a read the blurb.  It sounded original, creepy, dark and different.  These at least give it a platform, to be considered great, if done correctly.  This was before I found out a little more about the film, what it is really about and where and how it was filmed.  Now I’m REALLY intrigued.

The film is about a man who takes his family on a vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida.  An idealistic, perfect place in theory.  I mean, what could you possibly dislike about Disney World.  It is probably the most family friendly, least sinister place on earth.  However, the man is laid off over the phone during their last day, and things begin to unravel from there.  The man’s psychological state begins to come into questions, and the idealistic vision of the perfect park around him begins to become something very different from his perspective.

Sounds pretty cool right?  Take a look at the trailer, and then keep reading and I’ll talk about what really makes this film interesting:


So, here’s the thing that didn’t dawn on me the first time I watched through the trailer. This was actually filmed at Disney World. I mean, I saw that it was, but the implications of that didn’t dawn on me. Based on that trailer there are some pretty sinister ideas going on in there. For one, there is clearly an idea that bad things happen no matter where you are.  Even places that project perfection are sinister in nature perhaps.  Then we see hints of violence, sex and more specifically underage girls.  This is a particularly disturbing idea to relate specifically to Disney, and REALLY disturbing when you consider it was filmed on their property.  The question is, why would they allow this?

Well, that’s the thing.  They didn’t.

This was a true example of some extreme ‘guerrilla film-making.’  Apparently they folks making the film attempted to do so in as much of a secretive manner as was possible, such as using phones to hold the screenplay and using cameras that would be similar to those used by an everyday visitor filming their family experience.  The film was edited all the way in South Korea, in order to avoid any attention and there were almost no details given before it was screened at Sundance, to ensure it didn’t draw controversy before even being seen.

Now that’s pretty freaking cool.  Perhaps it’s a bit of a marketing plug and it was planned that way, or overblown.  Even if that’s the case though, it’s going to work on me.  It will probably work on a lot of people.  The reason being, no matter how deliberate of a ploy it is, the fact is, Disney really wouldn’t have allowed it.  So the conflict and drama there is real.

Then there is the factor that if Disney were to get wind and attempt to pursue legal action, there is always the chance that the film is banned or ‘outlawed.’  We all know how that goes, when a film exists but people aren’t supposed to see it.  What do people want to do when they’re told they can’t see something.  That something immediately becomes the most interesting thing on earth to a person.  Similar to a sex tape, or some clip from a controversial act of violence.

So what I see here is a film that I would already be really, really excited to see.  Then you add in these other factors, and it becomes a film that I would want to see, even if I didn’t want to see it.

Genius.

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