Title: Imaginary
Release year: 2024
Country: United States
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Stars: DeWanda Wise, Taegen Burns, Pyper Braun
Rating: 3/5

A woman returns to her childhood home to discover that the imaginary friend she left behind is very real and unhappy that she abandoned him.

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Childhood Nightmares Made Real: A Review of "Imaginary"


“Imaginary,” a 2024 horror-mystery directed by Jeff Wadlow, explores the chilling idea of a childhood imaginary friend coming back with a vengeance. DeWanda Wise stars as Jessica, a woman who returns to her childhood home with her family. When her young stepdaughter Alice discovers a dusty teddy bear named Chauncey, things take a disturbing turn. Alice’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, and Jessica soon realizes Chauncey is much more than just a stuffed toy.

The film’s strength lies in its premise. The idea of a once-imaginary friend harboring resentment after being abandoned is inherently creepy. Young actress Taegen Burns delivers a standout performance as Alice, convincingly portraying a child teetering on the edge of sanity. The film effectively builds suspense, leaving viewers to question the true nature of Chauncey and his influence on Alice.

However, “Imaginary” falters in its execution. While the initial build-up is promising, the film struggles to deliver a truly satisfying payoff. The twist, while present, feels predictable, and the resolution lacks the punch one might expect from such a chilling premise. Additionally, some may find the PG-13 rating limits the film’s ability to fully explore the horror aspects.

Overall, “Imaginary” is a decent chiller with a good central performance from Burns. The premise is undeniably creepy, but the film’s execution leaves something to be desired. If you’re looking for a genuinely scary movie, this might not be it. However, if you’re curious about a suspenseful exploration of childhood fears, “Imaginary” might be worth a watch.

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