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.

02/04/2013 - 2:00pm
Writers are like everyone else. Doesn’t matter what genre they write in. And when it comes to working styles, even within the same genre (Horror, in my case), we’ve all got our habits and our MORE
09/20/2012 - 8:31pm
Time to talk about real life fear this week. I talk about fear all the time, but it’s almost always been in the context of entertainment and pop culture. What scares us when we’re reading a novel? MORE
06/22/2012 - 9:00am
You write a movie three times, as the saying goes. Once when you write the screenplay, once again when you shoot the film, and finally again in the editing room. And I'm not talking about actual screenplay MORE
08/10/2012 - 6:00pm
Where do we draw the line? It’s a question that comes up all the time with horror fans. At what point does our entertainment step over the line from being escapism and diversion into tastelessness, shock MORE
10/01/2012 - 5:00pm
It’s happening. The rush. The feeding frenzy. The race to capitolize. It’s a business thing, not a creative thing, but since film is a creative industry driven by business, creative is being driven by MORE
10/17/2012 - 4:00pm
An interesting thing happened to horror films over the past 10 years when no one was looking. They became more horrific. Now, I don’t mean in they’re necessarily scarier than films prior to the MORE
01/10/2013 - 3:00pm
With all the shooting tragedies that have occurred this past year, there’s been a lot of finger pointing going on in our culture. To a degree, that’s healthy. When something that horrible happens we 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