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Childhood wonderment meets the horror of the adult world in Daniel Isn’t Real, director Adam Egypt Mortimer’s (Some Kind of Hate) darkly twisted take on the “imaginary best friend” concept, critically acclaimed as “one of the year’s most disturbing out-and-out horror films” (Kim Newman). 

Luke Nightingale, a lonely young boy with an emotionally unstable mother, invents a friend named Daniel 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. Twelve years later, Luke (Miles Robbins, Halloween 2018), now a college freshman, brings Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger, Midnight Sun) back — and he now appears as a charming, manipulative young man with a terrifying secret agenda. 

Featuring star-making turns from a young cast, and co-starring Sasha Lane (American Honey) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Skin), Daniel Isn’t Real is a visually stunning, thought-provoking exploration of mental illness, entitlement and childhood trauma, perfectly tailored for our troubled times, and one of the most unique and captivating independent horror movies of recent years. 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS 

  • 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 

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Katie Rife

studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
96 mins approx
Certificate:
TBC
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Adam Egypt Mortimer
Actor:
Miles Robbins

Patrick Schwarzenegger

Mary Stuart Masterson
Subtitle Languages:

English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
2019
Region:
B

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Childhood wonderment meets the horror of the adult world in Daniel Isn’t Real, director Adam Egypt Mortimer’s (Some Kind of Hate) darkly twisted take on the “imaginary best friend” concept, critically acclaimed as “one of the year’s most disturbing out-and-out horror films” (Kim Newman). 

Luke Nightingale, a lonely young boy with an emotionally unstable mother, invents a friend named Daniel 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. Twelve years later, Luke (Miles Robbins, Halloween 2018), now a college freshman, brings Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger, Midnight Sun) back — and he now appears as a charming, manipulative young man with a terrifying secret agenda. 

Featuring star-making turns from a young cast, and co-starring Sasha Lane (American Honey) and Mary Stuart Masterson (Skin), Daniel Isn’t Real is a visually stunning, thought-provoking exploration of mental illness, entitlement and childhood trauma, perfectly tailored for our troubled times, and one of the most unique and captivating independent horror movies of recent years. 

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS 

  • 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 

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Katie Rife

studio:
Arrow Video
Run Time:
96 mins approx
Certificate:
TBC
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
1
Brand:
Arrow Video
Director:
Adam Egypt Mortimer
Actor:
Miles Robbins

Patrick Schwarzenegger

Mary Stuart Masterson
Subtitle Languages:

English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
2019
Region:
B

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This Film Is Real

Right, just got finished eating some raspberry ice cream, which was great thanks for asking, but I'm not here to review that I'm here to review the film Daniel Isn't Real. This was final film in my now completed little collection of independent horror films produced by the man himself Frodo Baggins. Unlike the raspberry ice cream, which was pretty fire trucking good, this film was only unfortunately decent. I've wanted to check this film out for a while but never got round to doing so, but after skimming the synopsis in hmv it finally pulled me in. The concept seemed potentially fascinating if pulled off correctly, but it ended up going quite a generic and safe route. So it's safe to say I was a tad bit disappointed. The whole "he's a good friend" at first and then turns into a evil pr*ck thing was going on if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong though, when the film excelled-it was brilliant. The performances were super strong thanks to clever and clear direction from Mortimer, the end of act 4 was brilliant and i must say some of the cinematography here and there was so beautifully crafted to bring the director's vision to life. Also, one thing that did steer the film away from that generic route was the whole other worldly nature of who Daniel was. But in the end it just didn't reach its potential, in my opinion, which was a huge shame. Mandy still takes it as the best film to come out of Elijah wood's horror producing career, and it's good to see he is by no means afraid to green light a project that would usually be frowned upon if pitched today to a big Hollywood studio. And for that i respect the guy, and can't wait to see who's work he is bringing to the table next. *Claps* P.s Turns out I've only seen the horror films he's produced, he has done more previously apparently. So I'll definitely be checking those out.

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Right, just got finished eating some raspberry ice cream, which was great thanks for asking, but I'm not here to review that I'm here to review the film Daniel Isn't Real. This was the final film in my now completed little collection of independent horror films produced by the man himself Frodo Baggins. Unlike the raspberry ice cream, which was pretty fire trucking good, this film was only unfortunately decent. I've wanted to check this film out for a while but never got round to doing so, but after skimming the synopsis in HMV it finally pulled me in. The concept seemed potentially fascinating if pulled off correctly, but it ended up going quite a generic and safe route. So it's safe to say I was a tad bit disappointed. The whole "he's a good friend" at first and then turns into an evil pr*ck thing was going on if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong though, when the film excelled-it was brilliant. The performances were super strong thanks to clever and clear direction from Mortimer, the end of act 4 was brilliant and I must say some of the cinematography here and there was so beautifully crafted to bring the director's vision to life. Also, one thing that did steer the film away from that generic route was the whole otherworldly nature of who Daniel was. But in the end, it just didn't reach its potential, in my opinion, which was a huge shame. Mandy still takes it as the best film to come out of Elijah wood's horror-producing career, and it's good to see he is by no means afraid to greenlight a project that would usually be frowned upon if pitched today to a big Hollywood studio. And for that, I respect the guy, and can't wait to see whose work he is bringing to the table next. *Claps* P.s Turns out I've only seen the horror films he's produced, he has done more previously apparently. So i'll definitely be checking those out.

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