“ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW” trailer eerily exploits unauthorized Disney localeMovies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
“Bad things happen everywhere,” so says a character in Randy Moore’s acclaimed, controversial ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW. Everywhere extends to the so-called Happiest Place on Earth where the manufactured magic of Disneyland—complete with iconic characters and rides—and the family-friendly company’s recognizable title cards are utilized to frame a surreal, horrifying trip in the first trailer for the film.
Opening October 11 in select cities, and hitting Austin’s Fantastic Fest just prior in late September, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW is apparently something of a paranoia-laden oddity in which “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 and darkly comic nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.”
Some of that bonkers, threatening imagery is very much on display in this clip which, coupled with the stark black-and-white, already casts an eerie shadow on the amusement park. This looks singular and incredible.
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