We always knew there had to be a darker side of Disney, we just hadn’t realized it was horror movie-worthy.
“Escape From Tomorrow“, a horror movie that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, was shot ‘guerilla style’ on location at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Because the movie was made without permission from The Walt Disney Company, most assumed it would never be shown outside the film festival. Surprisingly, however, Disney has not yet taken any legal action against the filmmakers, and so “Escape From Tomorrow” is scheduled to hit limited theaters on October 11th, just in time for Halloween thrill-seekers.
The film’s plot is described by its creators as follows:
“An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses.
Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians.”
Considering many of the parks’ main attractions take center stage while this sinister and decidedly non-Disney plot plays out, we’re more than a bit surprised the Mickey Mouse company hasn’t sued in an effort to stop the film’s release.
We mean, look at this trailer! Everything from Disney-esque font to the familiar chiming sounds of pixie dust are “brandjacked” and turned dark. It’s…awesome. We know there’s still time for Disney to put its foot down, but we’d really like to check out the movie, so here’s to hoping it holds off just a liiiiiitle longer.