Daniel Isn't Real

Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer
2019
USA
100 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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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.

Spectrevision’s stylishly crafted psychological horror thriller has enough twists and finesse to attract favorable attention beyond genre bounds.
Dennis Harvey, Variety
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.
Trace Thurman, Bloody Disgusting

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Fri 7 June
8:30pm
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Sun 9 June
9pm
Event Cinemas George St 9
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Freak Me Out
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Adam Egypt Mortimer
Producer
Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen, Elijah Wood
Cast
Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins, Sasha Lane
Screenwriter
Adam Egypt Mortimer, Brian DeLeeuw
Cinematographer
Lyle Vincent
Editor
Brett W. Bachman
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Horror
Company Credits
Distributor: Rialto Distribution
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