West Coast Premiere
If you have always longed to see “Drop Dead Fred” reimagined as a horror film, then boy are you in for a treat with “Daniel Isn’t Real.”
Luke (Miles Robbins) is a Manhattan college student wrestling with his studies, his artistic inclinations, and caring for his mentally ill mother. As a kid, he had an imaginary friend named Daniel who he’d outgrown as children tend to do. When he makes an unexpected appearance in Luke’s life, now as an adult, it’s with devastating consequences.
Initially, Luke loves having Daniel around; he’s exciting, daring, and brimming with confidence, all qualities Luke lacks (and which start to rub off on him). It isn’t long before Daniel’s darker side emerges and this is where things take a turn for the worst. What follows is a thrilling and horrific look at mental illness through a genre lens. Adam Egypt Mortimer delivers an absolute gut-punch with his follow up to “Some Kind Of Hate” and shows he is definitely a director to keep an eye on. His use of sound and color in this film is utterly disorienting and will leave you shocked and short of breath by the time the credits roll. This is one of the must-see films of 2019.
Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Hulu Theatre @The Egyptian