In this week’s Daniel Isn’t Real, a college student attempts to cope with the trauma of his childhood by bringing back his imaginary friend Daniel. Unfortunately, our spectral companion doesn’t have good intentions in mind, and under his influence things quickly go from bad to worse. Imaginary friends have been a solid staple of movies in many different genres, from comedy to horror, because they’re a potent and reliable metaphor that can be used in many different ways. Here’s a playlist of 11 imaginary friend movies that approach the idea from all sorts of angles.
One of the all-time classics in the imaginary friend genre, 1950’s Harvey stars Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P