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.

07/16/2010 - 1:55pm
Okay, so last week I talked about this spec script I'm going out with to all the studios. It's a creepy, dread-oriented ghost story as opposed to a gore or spectacle-filled kill fest. (Don't get me MORE
06/07/2010 - 6:14pm
When I was about 6 years old, my then 80-something grandfather would come to visit us once a year from Florida. He'd retired there after 50 years in the police force. Usually he would just sit in my dad's well 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
03/18/2011 - 4:05pm
When I started out in Hollywood, I worked as a propmaster to make a living while waiting to sell my first screenplay. I worked on a slew of low budget crap films that thankfully never made it onto my IMDB page. I MORE
07/06/2011 - 3:04pm
I was contacted recently by a production company, asking me if I'd ever do a horror film about bugs or spiders... In a word, "No."I'll never do a bug movie. Ever. And it's not because I don't think insects are MORE
12/29/2010 - 4:01pm
Well here it is. The end of another year and time for everyone to write their year end wrap up articles, reviews, columns and blogs. Let's see what we have here... 2010 and horror... hmm.... Let me start MORE
08/20/2010 - 9:33pm
I get emails msgs and tweets all the time asking me how I became so educated in horror cinema and especially the philosophy behind what scares people. Sadly the answer is not that I spent years in some faraway MORE
07/28/2010 - 8:36pm
I write about fear.  Generally I write about how to create fear, how I respond to fear, what tactics and philosophies work when generating fear, how fear translates to the language of cinema, etc. So when MORE