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
01/25/2013 - 7:30pm
Fear has a twin, you know... a sister.  She’s a fraternal twin, because the two are not identical, not by a long shot, but they are twins nonetheless. And these two sisters aren’t always present MORE
01/21/2013 - 4:00pm
The fear paradigm. That’s what I call it. It’s something all horror scholars know about through study, and what all members of the horror-movie-attending audiences know instinctively. The Fear 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
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
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
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
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