If you think that the ultimate ‘imaginary friend’ film is Drop Dead Fred, then think again. Daniel Isnt Real takes the thought of a friend who isnt there, to a whole new level in director Adam Egypt Mortimers 2019 horror/thriller.
Luke Nightingale (played by Griffin Robert Fualkner) is a lonely young boy with an emotionally unstable mother, who invents a friend named Daniel (played by Nathan Reid) who leads them both into a world of fantasy and imagination. After Daniel tricks Luke into doing something terrible, Luke is forced to banish him to the bottom of his subconscious by locking Daniel into a dollshouse..
Twelve years later, Luke (now played by Miles Robbins, Halloween 2018), and now a college freshman, brings Daniel (played by Patrick Schwarzenegger, Midnight Sun) back from the past — and he now appears as a charming, manipulative young man with a terrifying secret agenda. But all is not well and things dont go smoothly in this dark and twisted tale.
Featuring top notch performances from a young cast, and co-starring Sasha Lane (American Honey) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Some Kind Of Wonderful), Daniel Isn’t Real is a beautifully shot film which reminded me of the visual style of the 1999 modern classic The Sixth Sense with its feeling is gloom and lonliness . The film also brilliantly tackles the world of mental illness and childhood trauma which at the moment (and hopefully not just for the moment) is a topic that is being widely discussed and talked about in the world outside of the cinema. Daniel Isnt Real has come at a perfect time. The film certainly deserves the praise is has been receiving since its release on screens late 2019 and will im sure gather even more praise when its watched around the world on home screens
As with most Arrow Releases, the film doesnt come alone. It has brought with it a wonderful list of special features which you can find here .
• High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
• Original lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• New audio commentary by co-writer/director Adam Egypt Mortimer, exclusive to this release
• Beyond the Garden of Earthly Delights, an exclusive video essay on the film and its themes by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
• Deleted scenes
• Alternate ending
• Cinema of Anxiety, an exclusive video interview with Adam Egypt Mortimer
• FrightFest premiere introduction and Q&A
• FrightFest TV interviews with Adam Egypt Mortimer
• Theatrical trailer
• Stills galleries