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.

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
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
06/16/2010 - 4:26pm
With all this talk of Father's Day this Sunday, I got to thinking about my own dad. He's no longer with us, God rest his soul, but while he inhabited the material plane, he sure gave me some great MORE
06/11/2010 - 4:47pm
Horror's been around for a long time. "How long Drew?" Well I'm glad you asked! As a matter of fact, the oldest known story, the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh is chock-full of scary shit. 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
05/27/2010 - 8:34pm
Comfort food. Everyone's got it. It's that one thing that you can eat that takes you right back to all the warm fuzzy places where it's fun to retreat whenever the world decides to use you for a MORE
05/19/2010 - 6:09pm
Villains and horror. No other genre of film depends on the antagonist as an engine more than horror. In most cases, the villain is so pivotal to the story that the whole movie depends on us loving, hating and MORE
05/13/2010 - 3:32pm
I've been talking a lot about horror MORE