Samuel Goldwyn Films has released an official trailer for Daniel Isn’t Real, a psychological horror from the producers of Mandy, SpectreVision, and ACE Pictures.
The movie stars Miles Robbins and Patrick Schwarzenegger, and follows a college student who has a traumatic experience which leads him to re-discover his imaginary childhood friend.
You can find more info on Daniel Isn’t Real and check out the new trailer below, along with a previously released teaser trailer for anyone who missed it.
The movie screened at various film festivals, including South by Southwest, where it had its world premiere, and the Sydney Film Festival. Here’s what the Sydney website had to say about the film:
An imaginary childhood friend returns with malevolent intentions in a scary and stylish psycho-horror that wowed audiences and critics at SXSW.
Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate) nails it with a mind-bending adaptation of co-writer Brian DeLeeuw‘s novel In This Way I Was Saved. As a troubled boy, Luke’s bestie was imaginary playmate Daniel. That’s before Luke’s mentally ill mother forced him to lock Daniel away. Luke’s now a socially awkward student whose counsellor suggests he “unlock” his old friend. It seems like a great idea – at first. Daniel’s become a smooth talkin’ cool cat who helps Luke hook up with artist Cassie. But there’s something much deeper and darker on Daniel’s extremely twisted mind. This exercise in emotional duality and urban paranoia is a cosmic fever-dream that lingers long after the end credits have rolled.
Also starring in the movie is Sasha Lane, Hannah Marks, and Mary Stuart Masterson.
Daniel Isn’t Real will be released in theaters and on digital on December 6th, and will also be released on the horror streaming service Shudder at some point.
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.