Going Viral is a Nightmare in the First Trailer for ‘Dear David’


Lionsgate is set to bring audiences a bone-chilling experience with the upcoming horror movie ‘Dear David,’ a long-awaited adaptation of a Twitter thread created by BuzzFeed writer Adam Ellis. This spine-tingling film will take viewers on a journey through the haunting experiences of a man tormented by the ghost of a deceased child named David, after he responds to internet trolls. Scheduled for release on October 13, 2023, ‘Dear David’ promises to deliver a horrifying tale of supernatural terror and the dark side of social media.

Starring in the lead role as Adam Ellis is the talented Augustus Prew, known for his work in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ and ‘The Morning Show.’ The supporting cast includes Rene Escobar Jr., Cameron Nicoll, Andrea Bang, Rachel Wilson, Ethan Hwang, and Justin Long, who portrays the head of BuzzFeed in this spine-chilling horror flick. Under the direction of John McPhail, the mind behind ‘Anna and the Apocalypse,’ ‘Dear David’ is sure to deliver a unique and terrifying experience for horror enthusiasts.

The movie is based on Adam Ellis’ gripping Twitter thread that began back in August 2017. It all started with a bone-chilling statement from Ellis: “So, my apartment is currently being haunted by the ghost of a dead child, and he’s trying to kill me.” From there, the thread gained immense traction, as Ellis documented his unnerving experiences and encounters with the ghostly boy named David.

Gradually, the thread unraveled the tale of a small boy with a misshapen dent in his head, slowly emerging to torment Ellis. Through chilling images drawn by Ellis himself, the haunting story became a viral sensation, captivating internet users worldwide. The horrifying apparition with the misshapen head became an instantly recognizable figure to those who followed the thread with bated breath.

The first trailer for ‘Dear David’ offers a glimpse into the terrifying world that awaits audiences. However, the footage also suggests a departure from the anticipated gradual buildup and isolated scares. Instead, the movie delves deeper into the protagonist’s struggle with social media, as he battles not only the supernatural but also the dark side of internet fame.

The question remains whether fans of the original thread will embrace this broader interpretation of the haunting tale. Nevertheless, ‘Dear David’ holds promise in captivating audiences with its intense horror sequences and spine-chilling visuals.

The movie’s production boasts a team of talented individuals, including writer Mike Van Waes and producers Richard Alan Reid, Michael Philip, Jason Moring, Naysun Alae-Carew, and Charlotte Walsh. With director John McPhail’s experience in the horror genre, having previously helmed ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ and episodes of ‘Bite Size Halloween,’ ‘Dear David’ is poised to deliver a masterful blend of terror and suspense.

As the release date for ‘Dear David’ draws near, horror enthusiasts can hardly contain their anticipation for this chilling adaptation. Scheduled to hit theaters, On Demand, and Digital platforms on October 13, 2023, ‘Dear David’ is primed to haunt the nightmares of audiences worldwide, offering a rollercoaster of frights and an eerie reflection of the perils of going viral in today’s digital age.


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