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Escape from Tomorrow got a lot of buzz because it clandestinely shot a feature film at Disney World. Big whoop. Seriously, it's a decent flick, but nothing special, and there've been many films shot at the Disney parks over the years, though none were quite as ambitious (or got a slot at Sundance).
For a much better, and frankly more fun, take, look to Missing in the Mansion. Yes, it's a Blair Witch knock-off (and isn't that a great reason to put that 1999 classic on the National Film Registry?_ but it's well-done, smart, and the look of the thing is, well, it's great. They really got some realistically smart actors who, while they don't overplay, don't go too far the other direction.
Of course, it's about the Haunted Mansion, and an urban legend. The shooting in the Haunted Mansion, and as I understand it in sets made to resemble the ride, is that green-tinged night-vision, but what are you gonna do? The story goes into full horror film, and it's delightful.
And here, my Haunted Mansion story.
I went to Disneyland after a particular break-up. It's a tradition among my friends, but I chose to go when no one else could join me. I was, in fact, alone in the Happiest Place on Earth, which seemed an appropriate metaphor. I made a b-line for Indiana Jones, but it was closed for the first half of the day, so I rode the Pirates of the Caribbean thee times, and then headed across to the Haunted Mansion. Everything was normal, the stretching gallery was suitably scream-worthy, and i got into my Doombuggy. As we went, the thing was a little jerky, and jus tafter Madame Leota's scene, but right before looking down on the ghostly dinner party, we came to a stop. It must have been something significant because they made an announcement that wasn't one of the pre-recorded ones. I sat there, facing a wall, able to look at the couple next to me. After a few minutes, I noticed a kid run by, fast-like, and then straight into the wall.
"Did you fucking see that?" the folks from the other car asked.
"Yes, yes I did."
Klaus at Gunpoint
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