Let me start by saying that I love Blumhouse, it is my favorite horror movie studio and for years they have made great horror movie after great horror movie. However, as Blumhouse has “expanded” and gotten bigger and started to release more movies per year, some cracks are starting to appear with movies that are not all that great coming out, and sadly, Imaginary is one of those not-so-great movies.

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Imaginary was released on March 8, 2024. You can expect to be able to download or stream the film from a digital platform in about two months from its release date. Click on the Download button at the end of this review and check the current availability.

The Movie Review

A Critical Eye on Imaginary: Breaking Down the Hype

The trailers for Imaginary looked awesome! It had a kind of Annabelle/Insidious vibe going on and that appealed to me right away. My local theatre had this on five times per day which for a horror movie is pretty huge so they must have had high hopes for it. Or, more than likely there was not much else out at the time.

Character Analysis and Plot Intricacies

The movie is about a family that consists of the father Max, the youngest daughter Alice, teenage daughter Taylor, and the stepmom, Jessica. They are moving into a new home, a home that just so happens to be the home that Jessica grew up in. Right off the bat, I did not like the eldest daughter, Taylor. Taylor is one of the least likable teens I have ever seen in a movie, she is a straight-up asshole, like a bully!

Jessica has a bit of repressed trauma from when she was a kid about something spooky that happened here. However, as you see in the trailer, Alice ends up getting an imaginary friend who possesses/communicates through her teddy bear. At first, people think that Alice is just being a kid and having fun, but Jessica and soon the rest of the family start to realize that there is an evil presence at play here.

The Downfall of Imaginary: Analyzing Script and Direction

Look, as a premise, Imaginary is awesome and it has so much potential! Honestly, I was legit super excited as I sat down in my seat and the movie started, I was so sure this was going to be a slam dunk! Yet, ¾ of the movie is just such a chore to sit through! The writing is some of the worst I have seen in a Blumhouse movie.

It is like they did one draft of the script and said “Yep, this is good” and never did any revisions or tightened it up. I say this because the way that the characters talk to each other is just so odd. It feels so unnatural and weird that it kind of takes you out of the movie. I am not even saying that the actors are doing a bad job, they simply did not have good material to work with.

A Glimmer of Hope in the Final Act

Imaginary is not all bad, it ramps up in the last 10 to 15 minutes and there are a few jump scares and clever tricks played by the camera. To be honest, it does end on a pretty strong note and I feel that if they did a sequel, it could be way better. That is assuming they have learned from what worked here and what did not work of course.

Sequel Speculations and Final Thoughts

We already have had the less-than-great Night Swim from Blumhouse this year and I would say that Imaginary is right around the same level of quality. Although, I do think that Imaginary at least has the potential to be better if they decide to make a sequel. I honestly would not recommend making the effort to see this in the theatre, but you may want to give it a try when it hits streaming.

Imaginary explores a family's eerie ordeal with a sinister presence linked to a child's teddy bear in their new, haunting home. Download it.
4.5 Total Score
Imaginary Review Summary

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  • While most of the movie was not good, the ending was entertaining
  • I could see a good sequel coming out of this
  • At least DeWanda Wise is easy on the eyes
  • It has a few fun jump scares and clever camera shots
  • The dialogue is just so bad, it is almost like it is a parody
  • The first ¾ of the movie is very boring
User Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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Jason Delacey

Jason Delacey

Jason is a 40-year-old writer from Northern England. He has been playing video games his whole life and writing about them for over a decade. As well as enjoying gaming into the wee hours of the morning, Jason is a real film fanatic too! He is open to watching all genres of movies from animated singing animals to brutal horror!

Jason loves to give his honest opinion on games, movies, TV shows and is always willing to give anything a try!

Favorite Games: Resident Evil 4, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, Bioshock Infinite, Super Mario World, The Last of Us, Halo 2, Streets of Rage 2, Overwatch.

Favorite Movies: Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back, Avengers Infinity War, Bloodsport, The Transformers The Movie. Dogma, BASEketball, From Dusk Till Dawn

Favorite TV Shows: X-Files, Supernatural, Lost, American Horror Story, The Mandalorian, Stranger Things.