School of Fear

Emmy-nominated writer/director and founder of the Daywalt Fear Factory, Drew Daywalt explores what terrifies us and why, and the anatomy of translating those collective nightmares into the on-screen scares we love. Follow him on Twitter @DrewDaywalt.

09/11/2013 - 2:00pm
  My daughter is turning ten soon and she has a new hobby. It’s waiting silently around a dark corner and jumping out with a scream and scaring the shit out of me. You know the scare - the one where MORE
09/02/2013 - 8:00pm
  As some of you may already know, I’ve been experiencing a (seemingly) sudden and (seemingly) random turn of career events this summer. For those of you who haven’t heard, I’ve been MORE
07/10/2013 - 3:00pm
  I spoke on a panel recently, addressing a lot of film students in Los Angeles on the subject of horror filmmaking. On most subjects, the panel, consisting of professional horror writers, directors, MORE
05/02/2013 - 5:00pm
“No, it’s NOT cool that the scene in your new movie is exactly like that one scene from your favorite film when you were a kid... “ I made a startling realization about myself this weekend as I MORE
04/19/2013 - 8:00pm
  I get asked all the time how I’ve managed to put more horror in 2-4 minutes than many features manage in 90 minutes or more. I think, because I started out in long form (features and TV) and then MORE
04/11/2013 - 3:00pm
Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can’t go home again. In his case, he’d written an incendiary novel about his home town that enraged the locals who sent him menacing letters and death threats. In my MORE
03/08/2013 - 3:00pm
Who gives a fuck what you’re shooting it on! As a writer and director, the single best reason to work in the horror genre is because it’s the only genre that can draw an audience without a star MORE
02/14/2013 - 8:00pm
  I was just sitting by the hot tub at our apartment complex, texting a friend on a hot Los Angeles summer day. Sounds harmless enough, right? But that moment. That slice of time. That otherwise innocuous, MORE