By Don Morton
Daniel Isn’t Real
Or all that scary
February 5, 2021
Luke (Miles Robbins), a troubled college freshman, resurrects his imaginary childhood friend to help him deal with a traumatic experience. But his titular boyhood buddy (Patrick Schwarzenegger – Arnold’s kid) turns out to be (Bwa-ha-ha-ha!) something much more sinister.
This is well-made but fairly formulaic psycho-horror, at first hitting the usual genre tropes, then getting progressively more demonstrative – and silly – as it moves toward its singularly unsatisfying, perfunctory ending. It doesn’t help that neither of the young actors has the chops to bring it off. Die-hard horror fans only. (100 min)
Japan release date February 5, 2021