Don’t get the two imaginary friends movies confused with one another, because they couldn’t be more different. As seen in yesterday’s IF teaser, that one is a fun, surreal father/daughter comedy starring Ryan Reynolds. But Imaginary…well, it comes from the folks at Blumhouse, and it sees imaginary friends as decidedly more sinister.
In the new trailer for Imaginary, we see that a lonely young girl’s imaginary friend, a creepy teddy bear named Chauncey, could have evil lurking in its stuffed heart. The film stars DeWanda Wise, Pyper Braun, Taegen Burns, Tom Payne, and Betty Buckley.
Behind the camera is Jeff Wadlow, who got his start directing the underrated horror Cry_Wolf. He worked with Blumhouse previously on Fantasy Island and Truth or Dare. He also directed Kick-Ass 2, and the martial arts flick Never Back Down. He last directed the Netflix kiddie film The Curse of Bridge Hollow, which has one of the weirdest casts ever assembled.
Here’s the synopsis: From Blumhouse, the genre-defining masterminds behind FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S and M3GAN, comes an original horror that taps into the innocence of imaginary friends – and begs the question: Are they really figments of childhood imagination or is something more terrifying lying just beneath? When Jessica (DeWanda Wise) moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice (Pyper Braun) develops an eerie attachment to a stuffed bear named Chauncey she finds in the basement. Alice starts playing games with Chauncey that begin playful and become increasingly sinister. As Alice’s behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.
Imaginary opens in theaters on March 8th.