IMAGINARY Cast: Pyper Braun And Taegen Burns Are Bringing PG-13 Horror To Life

Plus: Building a Blumverse with Mason Thames and the McGraw sisters, and more with the young stars of Blumhouse's latest.

By Angel Melanson · @HorrorGirlProbs · March 6, 2024, 3:00 PM EST

Imaginary stars Pyper Braun and Taegen Burns join us to discuss what a Blumhouse Monster Squad/Avengers-style universe could look like if they teamed up with Mason Thames, Madeleine, and Violet McGraw, the most fun they had on the Imaginary set, their experience with wearing practical FX prosthetics, and making horror accessible to a new generation with PG-13 horror movies.

Blumhouse is on a roll with PG-13 horror. After the massive success of Five Nights At Freddy's, the non-rated-R crowd has proven they show up in droves. Last year's M3GAN, and early 2024 release Night Swim also avoided the R-rating, opening up these horrors to a whole new audience.

(Speaking as a former kid who was obsessed with horror, but not allowed to watch R-rated movies, it is nice to see some offerings for all folks interested in the genre.) So round up the family, and check out Imaginary this weekend. Maybe just be prepared for your kids to throw out all their toys, and want to sleep in your bed for a week or two.

In case you missed it, here's the official Imaginary synopsis.

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.

Imaginary stars DeWanda Wise (check out our interview with DeWanda Wise), Tom Payne, Taegen Burns, Pyper Braun, Veronica Falcon, and Betty Buckley. Wadlow (who previously helmed Cry Wolf and The Curse of Bridge Hollow) directs from a script he co-wrote with Greg Erb and Jason Oremland.

Imaginary is in theaters on March 8th. For more, check out our visit to Chauncey's Imaginary Playhouse, the Imaginary pop-up experience, and keep an eye out for a killer chocolate cookie recipe inspired by tea time with Chauncey.