At Sundance this year, Randy Moore‘s Escape from Tomorrow gathered some buzz, not because of the quality of the picture, but because of how brazenly it provoked a fight with a major studio. The plot involves a father who slowly starts losing his mind as he’s dragged through the nightmarish hellscape of the famous amusement parks. The film was largely shot at Disney World and Epcot, and the filming was unauthorized (also, Disney probably would prefer if their theme parks aren’t depicted as nightmarish hellscapes). Once Escape from Tomorrow played at Sundance, there was speculation that the movie could be banned and buried by Disney’s lawyers, so scarcity made it an appealing ticket. However, it was eventually picked up for distribution, and will be released on October 11th. I saw the film at Sundance, and did not care for it.
According to THR, Disney is doing the smart thing, and ignoring Escape from Tomorrow. The marketing is designed sell the movie on controversy, and Disney isn’t taking the bait. The studio and the filmmakers could have a legitimate court battle revolving around Fair Use and trespassing, but Disney is wisely keeping the lawyers on a leash to avoid drawing more attention to Moore’s picture. This means that Escape from Tomorrow will likely remain at best a curiosity among cinephiles rather than something that garners the attention of the mainstream.
The first trailer for director Randy Moore‘s buzzy Sundance film Escape from Tomorrow has landed online. The story is a surrealistic nightmare where a father (Roy Abramsohn) starts losing his sanity on a family trip to the famous theme parks. The trailer very heavily plays up the fact that the film was shot on location in Disney World and Epcot without permission, which is probably a smart move since the majority of reviews out of Sundance were fairly negative. In his review, Matt noted that the film casts the Disney attractions in a grotesque light, but never gleams anything particularly insightful. You can judge for yourself when the film is released into theaters and on VOD on October 11th.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
We brought you the initial lineup for Austin’s Fantastic Fest 2013 about a month ago, and now the final wave of films has been released. Terry Gilliam will close the festival with his new film, The Zero Theorem, but before that bittersweet moment, audiences will enjoy many more anticipated films. These include a special screening of Jonathan Levine’s 2006 feature directorial debut All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, starring Amber Heard and Anson Mount; the controversial guerilla film Escape from Tomorrow, shot without permission inside Disney World and Epcot; and the metal-movie mash-up Metallica Through the Never 3D, starring Dane DeHaan and the members of Metallica.
Fantastic Fest 2013 runs from September 19-26 in Austin, Texas. Hit the jump for the full line-up of the festival’s final wave of films.
Escape from Tomorrow made a stir at Sundance earlier this year because director Randy Moore shot the film without permission at Disney World and Epcot. The story is a surrealistic nightmare where a father (Roy Abramsohn) starts losing his sanity on a family trip to the famous theme parks. It casts the Disney attractions in a grotesque light, but never gleams anything particularly insightful. I found the film to be repetitive and bland, especially when compared to the fascinating aspects of the production. Furthermore, there were the questions of whether or not the film would even get released, or if Disney’s lawyers would descend to bury the picture.
That question has now been answered as PDA has announced that Escape from Tomorrow will be released in theaters and on VOD on October 11th. Cinephiles who were tuned into Sundance coverage will undoubtedly be fascinated to see what all the ruckus was about, but I think they’ll be somewhat underwhelmed at the tempest in a teacup ride. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Randy Moore‘s Escape from Tomorrow will be remembered for how it was made. Future discussions will revolve around its legality, and how Moore managed the task in the first place. But when it comes to the actual picture, Moore works incredibly hard to come to a simple and fairly uninteresting theme. Every time Moore hits a strong moment, he’ll continue to repeat that emotion and duplicate the event until it’s an absolute chore. The movie can be absolutely bonkers, but its strangeness eventually feels like a gimmick rather than a hook.
We’ve got two first clips from the following films:
- Lovelace – Starring Amanda Seyfried (In Time) as the titular porn star Linda Lovelace, this first clip features Seyfried in the midst of a photoshoot with a photographer played by Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games).
- Escape from Tomorrow – Director Randy Moore’s guerilla-shot horror fantasty film used footage from within Walt Disney World and Disneyland without permission in order to portray a father going insane at the world’s most magical theme park.
Hit the jump to check out the clips.