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I See What They Did There

Check Out a Trailer for the Horror Movie Filmed Entirely Inside Disney Theme Parks

Escape From Tomorrow was filmed entirely in secret inside Disney parks: the actors kept their scripts quietly on smart phones and shot everything with hand held cameras. Disney’s been mum about the whole thing, likely because they know that acknowledging the production in any way, especially since they’ve gotten all the footage they need already, would have no effect other than to increase its profile. While this could very well be a case of a movie that doesn’t stand well as a whole piece outside of the context in which it was made, it’s still a pretty interesting, and ballsy, feat of filmmaking.

(via io9.)

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  • Laura Truxillo

    I still think this was kind of pretentious and uncool. Disney’s got every right to be miffed–they put a lot of work into maintaining their brand, and especially the park itself. Using an expy would’ve been better. It was ballsy but also…rude? Like, it’s not an expose or anything, they just wanted a horror movie to be shot in a place that tries very hard not to have anything scarier than the grim grinning ghosts of the Haunted Mansion.

  • Anonymous

    Personally, I think setting it in the real place adds a level of authenticity that increases the potential horror. Rude or not, it seems like the best creative decision.

  • Alexa

    I don’t know what to think of this, it actually looks pretty impressive since the footage is supposedly nearly all done on smart phones, and I was expecting something kind of cheap looking, this is me admitting I don’t have a smartphone because I didn’t realize how clear the footage shot can be with those things. But on the other hand, this whole evil theme park, has been done before. One word “Goosebumps”. The difference of course being well its Disneyland, but even the concept of Disney turning out evil isn’t all that new. But they do look like they put in a lot of effort and whatnot, so it doesn’t look bad especially with the limitations put on them, just that the concept has been done before, making it kind of uninteresting, but who knows.

  • Lindsey Stock

    Are they allowed to do this though? The footage they shot must contain images of trademarked Disney characters in it somewhere, doesn’t that break some sort of copyright rule or something? I admit that I am quite ignorant of copyright law so I may be way wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know about being “rude” to a multi-million dollar company…

  • Laura Truxillo

    I’m not sure why the amount of money a company makes makes it any less rude. It would be rude if they did it to some little small-scale place too–hey, we’re co-opting the image that you’ve worked to create to make a movie that’s the polar opposite of your image and we’re not asking permission.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Disney’s got their own series of teen novels about the animatronic villains coming to life and trying to take over the park, so yeah, it’s not particularly original to make a Darker Disney, except that they’re pushing the horror up to eleven.

  • Anonymous

    Its a company, not a person. And the people at the top have what they need and then some. I’m not saying it’s “the” right thing to do, but I just can’t bother to be upset. After all, the image they’ve created is just that – an image.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Who said you needed to feel upset?

    Standing in a Disney Park and loudly shouting that the Mickey Mouse is just some guy in a costume doesn’t destroy anything but a crafted image, but it’s still a douche move. The image is the experience they’re selling.

  • Infophile

    It certainly is a potential violation, and Disney is known for being very zealous in guarding their copyrights. It’s somewhat surprising that they’d let this film pass. Perhaps they just didn’t know about it until now, or perhaps there’s been a change in philosophy behind the scenes.

  • Anonymous

    I think we just think/feel differently about big corporations, is all.