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
02/14/2011 - 3:19pm
Production day 1 of my month-long sojourn with MTV's DEATH VALLEY is now in the can. We had a great first day and I know we've already got the funny and the scary down. Not an easy feat, but I feel it in my gut. MORE
02/07/2011 - 7:33pm
I’ve spent the past week doing my shotlists and story boards for the three episodes of the horror comedy series Death Valley that I’m directing over at MTV, and aside from my eyes going buggy from staring at a MORE
10/08/2010 - 4:00pm
I was  geeking out on horror with my pal Jenn this week when she posited that there’s something extra special about horror films that are set back east during the fall or winter. Call it a Halloween 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
04/09/2011 - 11:15pm
I was at an event recently for the horror community and I overheard another filmmaker saying how he really wanted to "move on" from horror films. "Move on," that's an odd term, I thought. It implies a natural MORE
01/24/2011 - 9:05pm
Last blog, I started an examination of the horror comedy and why it seems everyone fucks it up. If you haven't read that one yet, check it out before continuing on below. I've said this before in other blog posts MORE
11/05/2010 - 3:00pm
Okay, so Halloween is over, the pumpkins are rotting, the good candy has been cherry-picked from the trick r'’ treat bag, and the Great Pumpkin has once again not appeared to take us all to Heaven in MORE