Daniel Isn't Real

Daniel Isn't Real

Daniel Isn't Real

A troubled uni student (Miles Robbins, Halloween) resurrects a childhood imaginary friend to help him cope after a family trauma in this horror-thriller. Initially the charismatic, imaginary Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, but eventually he has him fighting desperately for his own soul.

2019Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, violence, sex and coarse language96 minsUSA
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Daniel Isn't Real / Reviews

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

(A) slick and thrilling take on the intersection of mental illness and creative inspiration.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

There's not much to Daniel Isn't Real beyond a cynical, generic coming-of-age story...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

(An) enjoyably ludicrous low-budget psychological horror...

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Disorienting, disturbing, magisterial.

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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

A novel convergence of mental health issues, toxic masculinity and occultish vibes.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

Daniel Isn't Real immediately puts the viewer on edge.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Its performatively extreme imagery thinly masks a rather banal view of male subjectivity and inner conflict.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Although it eventually settles into familiar genre tropes, for much of its running time Daniel Isn't Real proves a genuinely provocative shocker.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

What starts as a mediocre psychological thriller finishes as a surprisingly toothsome and creative horror film, complete with creature features and journeys into the abyss.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Pitched somewhere between "Fight Club" and a Clive Barker creature feature, "Daniel Isn't Real" is a wild ride worth taking to be in the company of its promising young stars.

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

A near-perfect combination of body horror, cosmic horror and psychological horror that gets under your skin while also finding its way into your heart.

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Variety

Variety

Spectrevision's stylishly crafted psychological horror thriller has enough twists and finesse to attract favorable attention beyond genre bounds, signaling upbeat prospects for exposure in various formats.

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