'Daniel Isn't Real': Patrick Schwarzenegger stars in new UK trailer for psychological thriller (exclusive)

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor

After earning rave reviews on the festival circuit, Arrow Films will release the chilling imaginary friend horror Daniel Isn’t Real into UK cinemas on 7 February, 2020, and we’ve got the first look at the film’s new UK trailer.

Watch it above.

Featuring the next generation of acting talent from two iconic Hollywood families, it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tim Robbins/Susan Sarandon’s sons – Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miles Robbins as well as Sasha Lane (Hellboy, American Honey).

The film debuted at SXSW earlier this year where it was warmly received by critics. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a genuinely provocative shocker”, while horror specialists Bloody Disgusting described it as “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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Daniel Isn’t Real is based on the novel In This Way I Was Saved by Brian DeLeeuw with the screenplay by Brian DeLeeuw and Adam Egypt Mortimer and produced by Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen, Elijah Wood with Spectrevision and ACE Pictures.

Miles Robbins and Patrick Schwarzenegger in <i>Daniel Isn't Real</i> (Arrow Films)
Miles Robbins and Patrick Schwarzenegger in Daniel Isn't Real (Arrow Films)

It follows troubled Luke (Miles Robbins) who suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, “Daniel” (Patrick Schwarzenegger) helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him into a desperate fight for his own soul.

Director Adam Egypt Mortimer said: “Over the seven years Brian and I worked on adapting his novel, different themes emerged — particularly through the seductive character of Daniel. His nihilistic point of view made me want to make the sort of movie that would wake people up to the danger of reality and thrill them with the scary idea that people are all one impulsive decision away from violence or true evil.

<i>Daniel Isn't Real</i> UK quad. (Arrow Films)
Daniel Isn't Real UK quad. (Arrow Films)

Within all the technique, colours, stunt, and psychotronic moments, the best part of the movie is the emotional reality between the characters. Daniel Isn’t Real is my heart put on film. And I can't wait to have a public conversation about it with you all!”

Daniel Isn’t Real is released in UK cinemas 7 February, 2020.