Interview with Drew Daywalt: Horror’s great Internet age begins
What’s your favorite scary movie? That infamous line haunt the victims of Wes Craven’s “Scream” and its subsequent remakes. But it’s a question that also haunts its young audience, a generation that has grown up in a period when the lack of good horror films is downright scary.
Millennials have the torture porn of “Hostel” and “Saw” to call our own and all those slick remakes of classics like “Dawn of the Dead,” “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street.” But for all the bodies piled up on “CSI” and “Law & Order: SVU,” where is our “Twilight Zone”? Our “Tales From the Crypt”? Hell, we don’t even have our own “Twin Peaks.”
So where has all the horror gone? A good guess might be the Internet, since that’s just about where everything else is these days. But when I tried to find an original horror series online, I came up with a disappointing array of low-production YouTube scares.
Then I was introduced to Drew Daywalt’s work through a former collective Fewdio (tag line: “We create nightmares”) and was instantly hooked. Drew’s shorts were terrifying, and not in that annoying “gotcha” way (like those YouTube clips where nothing happens until a molted face suddenly pops up and makes you scream). We’re talking real, nail-biting suspense and horror of the Wes Craven variety, but with better sound quality.