In a genre where imaginary friends tend to be plot vehicles for hauntings and ghost stories, the producers who brought us the psychedelic horror trip that was Mandy are back to explore instead what happens when you reconnect with an imaginary friend who really should have stayed in the past. In the latest trailer for Daniel Isn’t RealLuke, played by Miles Robbins (Halloween (2018), The X-Files), gets questionable advice from his therapist (Chukwudi Iwuji, Designated Survivor): to rekindle a fizzled friendship with his long-lost imaginary friend Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse).

The thing about Daniel is that he is more than just a coping mechanism. Check out the trailer below.




Here’s the official synopsis from Samuel Goldwyn Films:

Troubled college freshman Luke (Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (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.

Sasha Lane (Hellboy (2019), Utopia) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Blindspot) also star. Daniel Isn’t Real was directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate) and penned by Mortimer and Brian DeLeeuw. It had its debut at SXSW earlier this year and more recently made an appearance at Beyond Fest.

Daniel Isn’t Real will be released in theatres and on VOD on December 6th.

If you’re feeling literary while you wait for Daniel Isn’t Real to be released, the film was adapted from Brian DeLeeuw’s debut novel In This Way I Was Saved, which tells the story from Daniel‘s perspective.


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