Imaginary

When Jessica moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice 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.

  • Released: 2024-02-02
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery
  • Stars: Betty Buckley, Matthew Sato, Veronica Falcón, Dane DiLiegro, DeWanda Wise, Suzette Lange, Brooklyn Majors, Isaiah Evans, Conner McCoy, Aubree Majors
  • Director: Jeff Wadlow
 Comments
  • Quethinks - 12 June 2024
    If you close your eyes you can imagine getting your money back.
    Imaginary directed by Jeff Wadlow, the same guy who brought us Truth or Dare and Fantasy Island, so you should know what you're getting into before watching this bad, cheesy horror movie that takes itself too seriously. Imaginary is a film about a haunted teddy bear named Chauncey, and it is about what you expect out of a film like this cheesy premise, but a movie you can have fun with despite knowing how bad it is.

    Let's start off with the positives. I think Chauncey's design is nice, with him rocking a red vest with drawstrings, but he's not scary. He has a more cute look than scary even when he shapeshifts he is still kind of cute looking. I also think the actors are okay in this with the girl who plays the niece Alice trying to work for what she is given and I think it works even if the acting can be a bit over the top DeWanda Wise as Jessica is the same as Alice trying to do her best to work with the messy script she was given.

    Now onto the negatives, of which there are a lot off first of all the character is just there for an exposition dump near the end and gets killed off immediately after, which is just annoying since they could've given us clues and information throughout the film. This film, despite marketing itself as a horror movie, is not scary at all the jumpscares fall flat and the monster designs just don't work for me, with them coming off goofy to me instead of scary. I mean the only thing that got to be is seeing Alice upset but that is only because I don't like seeing kids in distress in movies.

    Finally, this film will use anything it has to get the characters isolated, like one of the characters just straight up leaving the film so Alice, Jessica, and Taylor can be along and get attacked by Chauncey, and it just felt like lazy writing to do that, in my opinion.

    Overall, Imaginary is a horror movie without the horror aspect, with lazy writing and no bite to it with it relying on CGI monsters and flat jumpscare to scare the audience. I wouldn't recommend this movie unless you want to see how stupid of a premise they can go with this movie, and I must say it can get pretty stupid. Given the main draw of the film.
  • kinaiscute - 12 May 2024
    I enjoyed this movie.
    My true rating would be closer to a 7 or 8, but I have to balance out all of these nonsensical reviews by people with ADHD calling the movie boring when it's not boring at all. I enjoyed this movie a lot. Of course it's not perfect and the story was kind of all over the place towards the end, but I still think it was worth my watch. Dewanda Wise is freaking stunning and she acted her tail off in this movie. I would totally watch it again. Don't believe all these bad reviews. Give it a try for yourself because reading these comments after watching the movie has me wondering what the heck is wrong with some of these people.
  • rws_20 - 23 April 2024
    Baby horror
    It's like a new genre of horror: Baby Horror.

    Horror aimed at prepubescent children.

    It just came off like one of my childhood fever dreams - not really scary, just strange and random.

    They could have done so much more with this idea. It's one of those films that hits like a big waste of an opportunity.

    The story is very weak. Would have been better served as a short, because when you try to stretch something like this to feature length, the cracks start to appear.

    The whole thing felt like a Halloween special of some kiddie show.

    Something that should have never been greenlit, in my opinion.