Imaginary – The DVDfever Cinema Review – DeWanda Wise

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Imaginary is the latest waste of celluloid from Blumhouse – as if Five Nights At Freddy’s wasn’t bad enough, this one led by aspiring mother Jessica (DeWanda WiseJurassic World: Dominion), who has dreams about a spider, while writing a set of children’s books called Molly Millipede. So, no wonder her head’s full of insects!

She and husband Max (Tom PayneProdigal Son, The Physician) are moving into her old grandma’s house where she grew up as a kid, although once he’s spoken in some early scenes, he basically goes off to work and is never heard from again! They’re a mixed-race couple: She’s black, he has a beard.

He also has two daughters in tow, which Jess is saddled with – moody teen Taylor (Taegen Burns), who is a complete bitch, and younger Alice (Pyper Braun), who soon spots an abandoned teddy bear in the attic and claims it for herself.

Cue creepy old woman Gloria (Betty BuckleyCarrie), who strangely appears in a particular photos – but who isn’t creepy at all, given that she’s just the next door neighbour who used to look after Jess as a kid; throw in the apparent necessary fact that Jess’ Dad is in a care home, plus lots of weird stuff and bad jump scares happening, a psychiatrist getting involved in order to introduce a cliche and lengthen the film where it doesn’t need it, a strange something called the “Never Ever”, and this having infinite corridors like Hellraiser 2, and you have a film that’s pretty much a complete waste of 104 minutes, plus all the ads and trailers before it.

Plus, when a fire breaks out, I’ve seen better CGI flames in a radio play(!)

Imaginary is in cinemas now, and is available to pre-order on Blu-ray and DVD, ahead of its release date TBA.

Imaginary – Official Band Trailer – Lionsgate Movies

Detailed specs:

Running time: 104 minutes
Release date: March 8th 2024
Studio: Lionsgate Movies
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Cinema: Odeon Trafford Centre
Rating: 2/10

Director: Jeff Wadlow
Producers: Jason Blum, Paul Uddo, Jeff Wadlow
Screenplay: Greg Erb, Jason Oremland, Jeff Wadlow
Music: Omer Ben-Zvi, Alexandre Cote, Kevin Lax, Bear McCreary

Jessica: DeWanda Wise
Taylor: Taegen Burns
Alice: Pyper Braun
Gloria: Betty Buckley
Max: Tom Payne
Dr. Soto: Veronica Falcón
Ben: Samuel Salary
Liam: Matthew Sato
Samantha: Alix Angelis
Barbara: Wanetah Walmsley
Young Jessica: Rhythm Hurd
Luis: Noah Martinez
Entity / Humanoid Spider: Michael Bekemeier