Adam Egypt Mortimer’s psychological thriller Daniel Isn’t Real has been blowing the minds of festival audiences the world over. The film celebrated its world premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival and recently won Mortimer the Best Director award in South Korea’s Bifan Film Festival. And this last weekend, at the San Diego ComicCon, fans were given the first official trailer for this horror heavyweight.
We were lucky enough to see Daniel Isn’t Real at the 2019 Overlook Film Festival earlier this year, where it immediately became one of favourites of the fest. Our very own Jonathan Dehaan (dats me!) called the film “a great time for people that like rough rides and an entirely original approach to the imaginary-friend-gone-amock subgenre”. Read the full review HERE.
Troubled college freshman Luke (Miles Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind — and his soul.
Daniel Isn’t Real was an official selection of the 2019 Overlook Film Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana. Adapted from Brian DeLeeuw’s novel In This Way I Was Saved, Daniel Isn’t Real is a production of genre-champions Spectrevision and stars Miles Robbins (Halloween 2018), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Hannah Marks (Southbound), Mary Stuart Masterson (Benny & Joon), Chukwudi Iwuji (John Wick: Chapter 2), and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) in a performance that is equal parts Tyler Durden and Captain Howdy. Simply put: Patrick Schwarzenegger’s Daniel is the person you regret befriending after it’s already too late…
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