Directed and Written by Randy Moore
Starring: Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, and Annet Mahendru
In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father’s sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday.
This is the most disturbing and creative black and white film I’ve seen in some time. Filmed “guerilla” style inside Disney’s massive park with handheld cameras, its biggest feat might be escaping the long arm of the Disney lawyers and their bullet-proof intellectual property. While some of the film was shot off-site and with the use of green screens, the crux of the film unfolds underneath Disney’s abundant sunshine and good times; the perfect setting for what turns into the least happiest place on earth.
Jim White is the archetype common man. A discontent husband to his wife Emily and father of two kids, Elliott and Sara, who seem to have their favorite parent when things start to heat up. Jim loses his job via a phone call while vacationing at Disney; a pretty shitty call if I’ve ever seen one. He pushes his fear and anger deep down and intends to give his family the vacation they deserve. What unravels is a twisted tale of emotional and physical infidelity under the warming sun illuminating the squeaky clean Disney park. Jim becomes fixated on two very attractive foreign girls and begins to follow them around the park. Roy Abramsohn, the actor portraying Jim, is a relative unknown, as is most of the cast, but Abramsohn nails his role in this surreal horror film.
The film is filled with a brooding evil that seemingly wants to take over at any second. The happy rides and upbeat songs take a dark appearance with the use of creative CG to turn the happy into complete terror. I would be lying if I said this film didn’t make me think of Lisa Simpson tripping her ass off on the Duff Gardens ride. Much like Lisa, Jim finds he can’t believe his own eyes and ears. The ending is all up to you. It felt like a happy ending to me, but this is obviously subjective.
If the idea of someone taking hallucinogens and inadvertently discovering an insidious plot among the tea cups rides and Space Mountain appeals to you; then you’re sure to be as engrossed as me. This gets high marks for its creativity and boldness. Escape from Tomorrow is a trippy, surreal and oddly endearing piece of horror/black comedy. It is well worth the rent.