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People come here because they want to feel safe. But bad things happen everywhere... especially here.

A 2013 guerrilla horror film shot incognito in Disneyland and Disney World, Escape from Tomorrow follows disgruntled father of two, Jim White, as he navigates his family vacation in the wake of being fired from his job, all while the theme park he and his family are vacationing at becomes more ghoulish and strange.

The trailer can be seen here.

This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Absolute Cleavage: The Emu Woman's evil-queen-inspired dress.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: The film uses different music for the rides and attractions than the Disney parks use in real life, in order to avoid copyright issues.
  • Black Dude Dies First: It's easy to miss, but the first casualty of the film, the passenger on Thunder Mountain Railroad who gets decapitated, is a black man.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Jim's son Elliot develops these.
  • Bland-Name Product: Neosporin is used in the film, but is referred to as "Geosporic". This appears to be a change in post-production, as if you look really carefully, you can barely make out lips saying "Neosporin" with audio dubbed over.
  • Composite Character: The park itself is a hybrid of Disneyland and Disney World, utilizing exhibits and imagery from both. It's clearly supposed to be Disney World, as it is referred to as such and they go to Epcot near the end of the film. Some Jerk theorizes that the discrepancies came up from needing reshoots but being unable to fly back to Florida, being forced instead to shoot in Anaheim.
  • Cool Hat: Jim buys a Fez. It doesn't last.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The nature of the shoot meant there was little ability to control the lighting, and the variations were much less noticeable in black-and-white.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Between losing his job and being stressed about what should be a joyful vacation, Jim begins the film teetering on the edge. He shows hints that he is suicidal, and begins lusting after adolescents, both of which have the potential of pushing him over the horizon. He never crosses it, but the weird on-goings within the resort kill him off anyway.
  • Ephebophile: Jim becomes interested in two adolescent French girls.
  • Erotic Eating: The two French girls eat bananas while Jim watches. Because bananas are the perfect snack food at a theme park.
  • Evil Cripple: The man in a neck brace riding a motorized scooter torments Jim and his daughter.
  • Foreshadowing: The park nurse mentions a "cat flu" which is apparently spreading around the park. Near the end of the film, Jim begins hacking up hairballs...
  • Gainax Ending: Jim becomes sick with the "cat flu," vomiting up hairballs and revealing catlike eyes. His patricidal son hears his cries for help, but locks him in the bathroom until he succumbs. Park security covertly removes his body, loads it in a vehicle, and drives off. As they do, a second car pulls up to the hotel, containing Jim, the imaginary woman from earlier in the film, and his daughter, all of them preparing for their vacation.
  • High-Class Call Girl: At one point Jim hallucinates that the Disney princesses are all escorts for Asian businessmen.
  • Hope Spot: The Emu Woman is "defeated", but Jim still succumbs to the cat flu after making it back to his hotel room.
  • Hospital Hottie: The very attractive nurse who tends to Jim's kid when they scrape their knee.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Some Jerk with a Camera accuses the creators of the film of being ones, after they filed copyright complaints on the first part of his review for using footage from the movie including the music from the "It's a Small World" scene. A scene from a film that was shot entirely without permission on private property using several intellectual properties of a private corporation. He noted that in the five years he had created his own guerrilla-style show filmed in the Disney Parks, he had not once received a copyright claim from Disney - only the people criticizing Disney's monopolistic, cult-like tendencies.
    • He was also not pleased with director Randy Moore's goals of exposing the transparency of the illusion of the Disney parks, but includes several blatant falsehoods in doing so, such as the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad decapitation (all thrill rides of that nature are designed so that a guest couldn't hurt themselves on the ride without taking deliberate risks to do so) and the emu leg claim.
  • Large Ham: Emu Woman, thanks to her Shatner-like diction.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: the ending, where as Jim's body is hauled away, he emerges from another car with the imaginary woman from earlier in the film and his daughter. Even Trevor McCune, the actor who played the bellhop in that scene, admitted in the Some Jerk with a Camera review that he didn't know. He claims it's "supposed" to be heaven, but that the director wouldn't tell him outright, only that he might be playing Saint Peter.
  • Messianic Archetype: Walt Disney himself. The film has a shot of a statue of him that pans up to show "JESUS" written in the sky. Subtle.
  • Mind Screw: Basically, the whole movie. We never understand whether the weird goings-on at Disneyland are Jim's delusions or something really paranormal.
  • Monumental Damage: One of Jim's hallucinations is a scene of one of Spaceship Earth's legs exploding, sending the "giant testicle" rolling around EPCOT, possibly squishing guests.
  • Mundane Horror: There is plenty of seemingly mundane scenes which have a really unsettling feel (for instance, the toilet scene with the wheelchair man).
  • No Name Given: The "Emu woman" is never referred to by a real name. She was only referred to as such by Some Jerk with a Camera. Jenny Nicholson refers to her as the "sexy mom."
  • Off with His Head!: Twice! Once during the opening credits, a passenger on the Big Thunder Railroad roller coaster is decapitated by a low overpass and later, Jim's interrogator at Epcot is revealed to be an animatronic after Jim catches his head in the door.
  • Patricide: Jim's son begins trying to kill him.
  • Product Placement: Ultimate with the location of the film, the scientist from Siemens (who, in real life, sponsored a Disney World attraction) and a Neosporin-like drug whose real name is only heard, not seen.
  • Redemption Equals Death: refusing to ride Spaceship Earth with the French girls begins Jim's redemption arc, culminating in him saving his daughter from Emu Girl. He succumbs to cat flu in the bathroom that night anyway.
  • Slasher Smile: As Emily sees one of the French girls passing her by, she has a creepy vision of her having this face.
  • Something Else Also Rises: While Jim ogles the French girls in the Tiki Room, a jet of water from one of the fountains slowly and suggestively rises higher.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: The ubiquitous mega-corporation's name is bleeped out during Jim's interrogation...despite the fact Jim mentioned the park by name earlier in the film while at Epcot.
  • Suspiciously Similar Songinvoked: Due to the immense risk of having to deal with Disney-copyrighted soundtracks, many of the songs present on the rides are replaced with original soundalikes. Yes, including It's a Small World.
  • The Plague: The "cat flu" is referenced to be something like this, although Jim is ultimately the only one to succumb to the disease, at least the only one to show symptoms.
  • Transferable Memory: Towards the end of the film, one of the security members seems to transplant memories of riding the Buzz Lightyear ride into Elliot, since he never got to ride it. He even affixes a souvenir pin to the boy's shirt.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • "I think you found my hidden Mickey!"
    • Jim remarks that Spaceship Earth looks like a "giant testicle" in favor of the more typical "golf ball" reference.


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