Horror factor: ** 1/2
Average: *** 3/4
This year's Horrorthon picks find me fascinated with the medium by which directors and writers have chosen to expand our movie going palate. Escape from Tomorrow was filmed surreptitiously on the grounds of Disneyland and Disney World. For me, this brings back memories of both pure magic and pure disappointment. Back in '97 I bumped my head on a tree at Huck Finn Island and upon close inspection saw the "tree" was fabricated out of cement and wire frame. It contributed towards my bitter outlook on life, and watching Escape from Tomorrow utilizes the superficiality of childhood dreams via Disney as a clever backdrop in narrating one person's dissent to madness.
|Pay no attention to the bare-bottomed woman in the background!|
|"That isn't a turkey leg."|
At times the soundtrack is grossly inappropriate (one wildly gross scene in particular), but it is a soundtrack for the illusion of happiness experienced through bright lights, fantastic castles and antiquated tales of chivalry and honest people. Escape from Tomorrow is the antithesis of a family vacation, worth checking out but not necessarily on the big screen.