We're just all kinds of thrilled to announce that Drew Daywalt, award-winning horror filmmaker and resident FEARnet blogger, has signed a deal with producer Eric B. Fleischman of EBF Productions (Ritual, Two-Bit Waltz) to direct The Hurting Man, a supernatural horror feature based on his own original screenplay. If that news isn't awesome enough on its own, we should add that another genre luminary, Larry Fessenden (Habit, Wendigo, The Last Winter) will serve as Executive Producer on the film.
In case you've been... I don't know, on Mars or something over the past few years, Drew burst onto the horror scene in 2007 with his award-winning short film Bedfellows, and since then he has directed dozens of acclaimed short films under the banner of Daywalt Fear Factory, episodes of the MTV horror-comedy series Death Valley, the webseries Camera Obscura and original programming for Tony Valenzuela's horror-centric channel BlackBox TV, and much more. He's also noted for penning the script for the Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things reboot (to be directed by Tom Savini) and is currently working on his independent horror feature The Passengers, which he also wrote and directed.
The Hurting Man follows the story of a police officer who tragically finds his family murdered after a failed 911 call and now must work to save their souls from a demonic boogieman haunting his childhood home.
“I wrote this script and kept it close to my chest,” says Daywalt, “ because this one was written from my own worst terrors, both as a parent of small children, and also tapping into my own childhood fears of a hideously costumed boogieman. This one’s going to scare the hell out of everyone. I promise. I can say that because it really scares me, and I’m letting my fear guide me on this one.” Fessenden adds: "There's a certain kind of genuinely terrifying old-school-campfire scare that Daywalt gets right in his Fear Factory gems and I can't wait to see him nail those chills in a long form film."
The Hurting Man begins production this fall, and details on that will begin to appear on the film's official Facebook page. Casting has not been announced as of this writing, but rest assured... when we know, you'll know!