In one of the most audacious independent film endeavors of recent history, filmmaker Randy Moore has made a horror movie set in Disney World.
But how would Disney ever give permission for such a shoot? Answer; they didn't.
According to an article posted Sept. 11th, 2013 by Slate Magazine, Moore stole all the shots for 'Escape From Tomorrow' and did it entirely under the noses of the theme park staff. The cast and crew all posed as tourists, and read scripts and production notes on their iPhones to avoid suspicion.
'Escape From Tomorrow' is the tale of a family coming apart amidst their vacation to the Florida theme park (some filming was also done at Disney Land in Anaheim, California).
While the film has made waves on the film festival circuit (it was an official selection at Sundance), widespread distribution seemed unlikely. Disney is notorious for keeping a squeaky clean image, and a potential for a legal battle is still possible (there's been no official press statement from Disney).
Regardless, the movie will receive a limited theatrical and VOD release starting Oct. 11th
Click here to view the trailer, which starts off with the warning: “The following picture has NOT been approved for all audiences by The Walt Disney Company”
The trailer features eerie black and white images of rides like 'It's A Small World' and 'Space Mountain', accompanied by an eerie voice saying; 'You can't be happy all the time.' This is followed by a young child's eyes transforming into dark, black orbs.
Other odd images show a man who's head is trapped inside a replica of the Epcot dome, and a Disney fireworks display that looks more apocalyptic than celebratory. The film certainly challenges Disney's Theme park slogan 'The happiest place on Earth.'
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