You would be hard pressed to find a more original voice in the horror genre than Drew Daywalt. The prolific filmmaker, whose chilling and provacative short films are among the best you can find around the web, has been toiling in the industry for years as a writer and director whose works are deserving of an audience. Now we have word that Daywalt will be helming a feature based on his own screenplay and that indie horror heavyweight Larry Fessenden has jumped onboard to Executive Produce.
Daywalt has just inked a deal with producer Eric B. Fleischman of EBF Productions (RITUAL) to direct the horror feature THE HURTING MAN, with production set to begin this fall.
THE HURTING MAN tells 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.
There is no word on casting as of yet, but suffice it to say that with Fessenden's involvement there stands a good chance to see some familiar faces from the Glass Eye Pix crew.
As for the film itself, Daywalt shared his thoughts on the writing process and where he drew his inspiration for the story from.
I wrote this script and kept it close to my chest 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.”
Fessendent commented on the project and his enthusiasm for working with Daywalt, adding,
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.”
You can take a peek at some early artwork for the film below.
You can learn more about THE HURTING MAN by checking out the films Facebook page right HERE. We'll be sure to pass along more information on this film as we hear it.