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.

05/05/2010 - 5:01pm
Horror may not be dead, but it's not as healthy as it oughta be. On Wednesday, I offered three prescriptions for curing what ails it. Here are four more.4) Stop casting Oscar winners in horror films JUST to show MORE
05/05/2010 - 4:28pm
Lately I'm hearing people saying horror is dead. Of course people are ALWAYS saying horror is dead. And it's always the same kind of people. Stupid ones. That's like saying comedy is dead. Comedy is laughter and MORE
04/22/2010 - 9:03pm
Welcome to class. Today we're going to dig into the ancient forbidden horror tome known as... THE TV GUIDE!Okay, so let’s talk TV and horror, shall we?  When it comes to TV icons, science fiction has Star Trek 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
04/08/2010 - 8:42pm
After I have a character and a horror concept as the engine for a film, (whether it's a short film or a feature), I always like to look at what I consider to be the four fundamental tenants of creating MORE
04/02/2010 - 1:02pm
Inspiration for writing anything is a slippery thing, let alone writing horror.  For every writer you ask about what inspires them, you'll no doubt get a totally different answer. For me it always starts with " MORE
03/26/2010 - 1:01pm
This week's School of Fear is actually the second half of the feature I started LAST week where in I started compiling a top ten list of shots/camera tactics that we use in horror to create tension and fear in MORE
03/18/2010 - 1:59pm
A question I always get about my filmmaking is "How can you create something so scary?"  You FEEL it. That's how. In Horror, the great filmmakers are always scaredy cats. And think about it, who better to MORE