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Dear David (American)

October 13, 2023
1hr 34min
Status: released

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Dear David (American) Movie Details:

Based on“Dear David”
by Adam Ellis
Country United States
Language English
GenreSupernatural, Horror 
Release dateOctober 13, 2023
Running time1hr 34min
Age ratingR
StarringAugustus Prew
Andrea Bang
René Escobar Jr.
Cameron Nicoll
Justin Long
Directed by John McPhail
Screenplay byMike Van Waes
Story byMike Van Waes
Evan Turner
Produced byRichard Alan Reid
Michael Philip
Jason Moring
Naysun Alae-Carew
Charlotte Walsh
Cinematography by Stephen Whitehead
Edited by Glenn Garland
David Arthur
Music byTommy Reilly
Roddy Hart
Production CompanyBuzzFeed Studios
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Distributor Lionsgate Films

Dear David (American) Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Augustus Prew as Adam Ellis
  • Andrea Bang as Evelyn
  • Justin Long as Bryce
  • René Escobar Jr. as Kyle
  • Cameron Nicoll as Dear David
  • Rachel Wilson as Linda
  • David Tompa as Fred
  • Tricia Black as Norris


Shortly after comic artist, Adam 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.

Dear David (American) Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Worldwide Collection$553,854

About Dear David (American) Movie:

It is based on the viral Twitter thread by BuzzFeed comic artist Adam Ellis.

In an interview, Adam Ellis said his story was based on actual events and that he had “never been interested in convincing anyone that ghosts are real – I just wanted to tell my story.”

In November 2018, New Line Cinema acquired the rights to the story. In November 2021, BuzzFeed and Lionsgate acquired the rights to the story from New Line Cinema and hired John McPhail to direct.

Production took place in Toronto, Canada, and wrapped in December 2021.

Dear David was released on October 13, 2023, by Lionsgate.