Director Secretly Shoots Horror Film at Disney Theme Parks

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Princesses transformed into ghouls. Psychedelic teacup rides. Simulated suicide. The world’s most famous theme park turned into a vomitorium. And you thought this was the happiest place on earth.


Scene from “Escape from Tomorrow.”

In “Escape From Tomorrow,” the most buzzed-about movie out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, director Randall Moore presents Disney World as a dystopian hellscape and uses it as the backdrop for a descent into madness. Jim White (Roy Abramsohn) is on holiday with his wife and two children when he learns he’s been fired from his job. As he reels from that news, his mental state progressively worsens as he and his family navigate the park.

Shot in black and white, Disney’s “attractions” become nightmarish specters as perceived by White’s unstable mind.

Now The Walt Disney Co. is weighing whether to quash the film or to let it slide — not so much because of the disturbing imagery, but rather the way Moore made his movie. In an audacious act of filmmaking, he shot it almost entirely at Disney World and Disneyland — all without Disney’s knowledge or permission.

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‘‘Escape From Tomorrow’’ is available on video-on-demand and in select theaters.