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.

08/29/2012 - 2:00pm
  The concept of the horror film is to convey as much terror in 90 minutes or so as humanly possible. And seeing as 90 minutes really isn’t a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, horror writers MORE
06/23/2010 - 6:19pm
The rotting mansion, the ruined castle, the abandoned hospital...why are decrepit, deserted, man-made places so interesting? Why is it that almost all horror, be it literature or film, takes place in broken, MORE
04/15/2010 - 4:00pm
Haunted houses. What is it about the dead still hanging about that fascinates us so much? And what is it about creaky old locations that brings out the superstitious in even the staunchest atheist? For my part, MORE
10/20/2010 - 9:25pm
I'm giddy with excitement today. It's that excitement you get when you find a new place you love, discover a movie that's been around forever but you're only seeing it for the first time now, or MORE
07/23/2012 - 3:00pm
Who was the best Horror filmmaker of the 1700’s? Francisco de Goya, that’s who. When I was in college, years ago, my major study was screenwriting, but my minor was in art history. At the time I MORE
05/18/2011 - 1:58pm
Here's a familiar war cry of those who dislike or misunderstand horror, "All that violence in horror films will desensitize people to violence in real life." It's an argument that's been raging for decades now. I MORE
12/08/2010 - 8:56pm
Okay, as promised last week, here's a 5 page horror short which I wrote expressly for you guys to direct!  It's called The Talisman and I encourage you guys to go make this film in any way you see MORE
06/17/2010 - 12:24pm
Okay, so you're a horror fan. Have been all your life. In your teens you were at the opening of every scary film and you lived in the horror section of the video store. Your walls were lined with posters of MORE