Randy Moore's horror film Escape from Tomorrow (2013) was shot at Disneyland, Epcot, and Disney World, without either the authorization or knowledge of the Disney corporation. The result is a fascinating example of guerrilla filmmaking that makes use of gothic conventions to craft a new narrative of corporate horror. Both the film and its promotional materials narrate the vicissitudes of countering a mass-culture corporation that has become synonymous with American fantasies and imaginaries. And yet, however revolutionary his methods and overall narrative, Moore relies on long-familiar images of monstrous femininity to convey the circumstances of mass-culture seduction. The end result is less an attack on the institution of Disney itself than a gothic account of the parks' co-option by a dangerous female consumerism that nullifies male resistance or escape.
Mickey Horror: Escape from Tomorrow and the Gothic Attack on Disney
Aviva Briefel is Professor of English and Cinema Studies at Bowdoin College. She is the author of The Deceivers: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteenth Century (Cornell University Press, 2006), The Racial Hand in the Victorian Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and coeditor of Horror after 9/11: World of Fear, Cinema of Terror (University of Texas Press, 2011). She is currently at work on a book project titled “Impossible Ghosts: Material Culture at the Limits of Evidence.”
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Aviva Briefel; Mickey Horror: Escape from Tomorrow and the Gothic Attack on Disney. Film Quarterly 1 June 2015; 68 (4): 36–43. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2015.68.4.36
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