Nyasha Hatendi (Replicas)
Latarsha Rose (The Hunger Games)
Jon Daly (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)
Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3)
Unemployed actor Wilson Clowes (Nyasha Hatendi), moves into a new apartment building to start a new life, befriending a fellow resident, an older woman named Red (Dale Dickey). He finds a vague audition announcement in a coffee shop and attends. After an unusual physical component, Wilson is offered the acting job by Finn (Jon Daly), the advertising director for a new Christmas toy called Pooka. A stuffed animal with large eyes, Pooka selectively repeats what it hears in either a “naughty” or “nice” voice, and Wilson’s job will be to portray Pooka in a large, furry costume in both advertisements and live appearances. Wilson is informed that he will be the sole actor portraying Pooka. He accepts after realizing how much he will be paid.Wilson’s portrayal of Pooka coincides with the toy’s skyrocketing popularity. However, the costume begins having strange effects on the actor. When wearing the costume in “naughty” mode, Wilson is prone to violent outbursts and hallucinations. Meanwhile, Finn manages to get Wilson the business card of Melanie (Latarsha Rose), a real estate agent to whom he has become attracted after seeing her first at a Christmas tree farm, then at one of his in-store events. Wilson attends an open house showing put on by Melanie, and the two hit it off and soon start dating. Wilson manages to get Melanie’s son Ty (Jonny Berryman) a Pooka toy, much to the boy’s pleasure.Wilson’s hallucinations continue, and he has a vision of himself as naughty Pooka entering Red’s apartment and killing her. However, when he visits her apartment, she appears unharmed, and as they talk, Wilson remembers that he made his life change to get away from some sort of pain that he thinks he caused. Wilson offers to have Pooka appear at Ty’s birthday party, and he appears in costume, but goes naughty and attacks a child. Melanie still has no idea that Wilson is Pooka. The Pooka toy suffers a widespread malfunction, causing all the toys to repeat only the distorted phrase: “Look at all the pretty lights.” Pooka’s popularity plummets and Wilson is let go from his job. During an encounter in a bar, however, Finn tells Wilson that there never was a Pooka, and Wilson realizes the bar he’s in is actually empty. As all this occurs, the costume appears to be inseparable from Wilson, who is seen visibly hyperventilating before putting the head on.Wilson’s hallucinations worsen. One night, he arrives at his apartment building to find that Red has fallen to her death, apparently thrown from her upper story window by Pooka. Wilson then receives a call from Ty telling him that they’re going to the Christmas tree farm. Wilson goes to the farm and finds a sentient Pooka costume, which he attacks with an ax and seemingly kills. When he goes to Melanie’s house, she no longer appears to be living there, and when he goes to the open house home where they first met, he sees the truth about his past. Wilson and Melanie were, in fact, husband and wife, and he was prone to violent outbursts. Wilson pleads with past Melanie to not listen to his past self as he watches the final scene play out, but she cannot hear him.In the closing scene, Wilson witnesses his past self try to make up for his violence by driving Melanie and Ty to a Christmas tree farm. During the drive, Melanie attempts to distract Ty from Wilson’s frantic driving by remarking “look at all the pretty lights,” but Wilson crashes head-on into another car. He is thrown from the vehicle, and Melanie and Ty are killed when it explodes. The driver of the other car was Red, who was killed in the crash. Wilson and the Pooka suit watch sadly as the version of Wilson who was driving the car is taken away by paramedics, and the distorted voice of Ty’s Pooka toy repeats the phrase “look at all the pretty lights.”This movie turned out to be something different than I had thought it would be. The ending was great! Huge plot twist. One of the best in this series.