DEAR DAVID Poster Brings The Viral Haunting To Life

John McPhail's R-rated Buzzfeed horror will be with us just in time for Halloween.

By Amber T · @hornbloodfire · August 7, 2023, 9:56 AM PDT
Dear David

All the way back in 2017, cartoonist Adam Ellis took to Twitter to tell the viral story of a haunting in his apartment. Six years later to the day, our friends over atBloody Disgusting have exclusively revealed the first poster for Dear David, the feature adaptation of the tale from Anna and the Apocalypse director John McPhail.

Last month, Lionsgate revealed the first official trailer for the film, as well as a theatrical, On Demand and Digital release date of October 13 - just in time for Halloween!

Starring Augustus Prew (The Morning Show), Andrea Bang (Kim's Convenience), Rene Escobar Jr., Cameron Nicoll, and scream king Justin Long (Drag Me To Hell, Tusk, Barbarian), Dear David follows Adam's story of how a dead child is haunting his apartment and trying to kill him. The full synopsis reads as follows:

Shortly after comic artist Adam (Prew) responds to Internet trolls, he begins experiencing sleep paralysis — while an empty rocking chair moves in the corner of his apartment. As he chronicles increasingly malevolent occurrences in a series of tweets, Adam begins to believe he is being haunted by the ghost of a dead child named David. Encouraged by his boss to continue the “Dear David” thread, Adam starts to lose his grip on what is online…and what is real.

Ellis - who is best known as the creator of many viral memes such as the 'Let People Enjoy Things' Twitter fave - originally went viral when his first tweet detailing the beginning of the haunting gained over 55,000 retweets and 76,000 likes. Mike Van Waes adapted the tale for the screenplay.

In a statement shared by Deadline today, Lauren Bixby, Vice President, Co-Productions & Acquisitions for Lionsgate, said: “Dear David is a terrifyingly creepy and sensational story that will translate perfectly to the big screen. It hits our goal of reaching global Millennial and Gen Z audiences by elevating contemporary, authentic new voices.”

And the best news about Dear David? It's been Rated R for "violent content, language and a sexual reference." Sounds good to us! Check out the new poster below, and don't miss Dear David this spooky season.