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HORROR BUSINESS: Barbara Crampton On Her Career And ‘We Are Still Here’

HORROR BUSINESS: Barbara Crampton On Her Career And ‘We Are Still Here’

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Over the past three decades, Barbara Crampton has established herself as an icon in the horror genre. With films like ‘Re-Animator,’ ‘From Beyond,’ ‘Castle Freak,’ and ‘Chopping Mall,’ she was more than your average Scream Queen. With each passing year, she has continued to challenge herself and audiences with complicated characters as she continues to grow at her craft. Her latest project, Ted Geoghegan’s ‘We Are Still Here,’ is no exception to that rule.

The story focuses on Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig). After the death of their college age son, the couple relocates to the snowswept New England hamlet of Aylesbury, a sleepy village where all is most certainly not as it seems. When strange sounds and eerie feelings convince Anne that her son’s spirit is still with them, they invite an eccentric, New Age couple (Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie) to help them get to the bottom of the mystery. They discover that not only are the house’s first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there – but so is an ancient power. A primal darkness slumbers under the old home, waking up every thirty years and demanding the fresh blood of a new family.An altogether new take on the haunted house genre that deftly mixes human drama and comedy, ‘We Are Still Here’ is a couple’s terrifying journey through darkness and loss set against the freezing New England winter.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down for a quick chat with Barbara Crampton to discuss her amazing journey in the film industry, the challenges she has faced along the way, her latest collaboration with director Ted Geoghegan on ‘We Are Still Here’ and what the future may hold for her.  

What made you take the plunge and pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Barbara Crampton

Barbara Crampton

I think all children love the art of pretend and play acting. I would say, at different times, both of my children have said to me, “I want to be an actor.” It is exciting, it is fun and it is a chance to put yourself into someone else’s shoes and to perhaps understand why people do what they do. I never got over it! [laughs] I kept saying to my mother and father, “I really want to be an actress!” I think they thought at some point I would change my mind and veer into another possibility, as my children have. I never did! I just kept saying that I loved acting and I loved watching the Million Dollar Movie after coming home from school. I loved watching Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins. Those were some of my favorites ladies that I grew up watching in the old 1940s movies. I really like to understand the psychology of people and their desires and fears. I also think it helps me to be a sane person to understand why people do the things they do! [laughs] I love to create characters, justify their actions and try to understand them. It is both a fun and informative way to live, living vicariously through other people to figure them out and understand them.

Obviously, you have an impressive body of work behind you. You also continue to expand with amazing new roles with each passing year. What is the secret to your success and longevity?

I have heard other people say this before and I will say it. Everything that has happened to me has been a surprise. I feel when I try to go out for different roles or try to do certain things in my career, nothing ever happens the way I think it is going to happen. Everything that happens to me and every role that I have ever gotten or characters I have played in movies that people remember me for are always projects that have come to me out of the blue. The roles I try to get that I don’t fall away and go to somebody else. Everything I have done has come up at a moments notice! When I did “Re-Animator,” another girl was originally cast in that part. We were all quite young at that point and her mother read the script and said, “No. You can’t do this! This movie is outrageous! It is too provocative for you and you aren’t going to do it.” [laughs] I got the part only a few weeks before we began filming. “From Beyond,” obviously, I did because I was able to continue to work with Stuart Gordon. I took a little hiatus for about six to eight years and came back to my career with “You’re Next.” I got a call, out of the blue, 10 days before they were to start filming. They offered me the part. I didn’t have to meet with Simon Barrett or Adam Wingard or talk with the producers. They just offered me the role! That really brought me back to my career in a big way. Until that point, I thought I was completely done with my career and had moved on to take care of my family. Things just happen to me out of the blue! Then I met Ted Geoghegan while we were doing “You’re Next,” where he was handling some of the publicity for the film. Out of the blue, a few years later, he said to me, “I want you to do this movie.” I feel like everything that has happened to me has spontaneously and I didn’t realize the impact it would have on me over time. I would say it is out of my hands but I don’t know! [laughs]

The amazing Barbara Crampton

The amazing Barbara Crampton

I spoke with director Ted Geoghegan and he was singing the praises of yourself and the entire cast of “We Are Still Here.” This film, as you know, is his directorial debut. Being a seasoned veteran of the film industry, what did he bring to the table as a director?

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‘We’re Still Here’

I can’t say enough nice things about Ted! I completely adore this man! First of all, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of film. I don’t think there is a movie he hasn’t seen or doesn’t know something about! He is a walking sphere of knowledge when it comes to film. He has a sensibility about what people like to see on the screen. That comes from his background as a publicist. He has been working as a publicist for over 10 years. I don’t know too many people who have been a publicist who have gone into filmmaking. He has been a filmmaker alongside being a publicist and he is quite a prolific screenwriter as well, so he is very deeply embedded in the system. I think he has an outsider view of what people are interested in, as well as an insider view. I think that is probably what he brings to the table as a first time director. Also, working with him was pure joy because I have known him for a few years now and he is a very gentle director, although he is very specific about what he wants. He created an atmosphere on the set of complete ease and comfortability. He created a space where the actors could voice any concerns or possibilities about how the characters could be played. The people on set, from the cinematographer to the special effects crew, would throw in their ideas about how they thought the scenes should go. Ted would take all of that very easily and then tell us exactly what he wanted. He had complete command on the set but was also very generous and collaborative in working with us. I would say it is one of the nicest experiences I have ever had working on a set!

Barbara Crampton

Barbara Crampton

What is the biggest lesson we can take away from the life and times of Barbara Crampton to date?

I would say learn a little bit about everything. When you are working on a movie or telling a story about why people do the things they do, the hows and what of it, you need to know about life. You need to go out and live your life and not be tunnel visioned about trying to just be in the entertainment business. Try to live your life and learn a little bit about every subject in life, be it math, science, nature or whatever. Don’t just try and pigeon-hole yourself into the business of making a movie. Learn about life!

Any chance we may get to learn more about your life in the form of an autobiography? Any interest there?

That is an interesting question! I have thought about it from time to time. A few people have talked to me about doing that as well. I hope that I have a lot more life to live, so if that is something I am going to visit, it might be in 20 years!

That is a great way to look at it! We will certainly stay tuned for you continuing adventures and wish you all the best!

Thank you, Jason! Take care!

Connect with Barbara Crampton on social media via Facebook and Twitter. ‘We Are Still Here’ hits theaters and VOD on June 5, 2015.

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BREAKING THE MOLD: Ted Geoghegan On His Captivating Directorial Debut

BREAKING THE MOLD: Ted Geoghegan On His Captivating Directorial Debut

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Ted Geoghegan may not be a household name, however, he has been fearlessly pouring his heart and soul into his work in the horror industry for well over a decade. A passionate artist, he got his start in the genre as a writer and producer but knew he was destined to direct when he fell in love with his script for ‘We Are Still Here.’  The film serves as a love letter to the classic haunted house films that impacted him in his youth, yet incorporate all of the style and excitement of modern horror cinema. 

‘We Are Still Here,’  focuses on Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig). After the death of their college age son, the couple relocates to the snowswept New England hamlet of Aylesbury, a sleepy village where all is most certainly not as it seems. When strange sounds and eerie feelings convince Anne that her son’s spirit is still with them, they invite an eccentric, New Age couple (Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie) to help them get to the bottom of the mystery. They discover that not only are the house’s first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there – but so is an ancient power. A primal darkness slumbers under the old home, waking up every thirty years and demanding the fresh blood of a new family.An altogether new take on the haunted house genre that deftly mixes human drama and comedy, ‘We Are Still Here’ is a couple’s terrifying journey through darkness and loss set against the freezing New England winter.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Ted Geoghegan to discuss his unique journey into the film industry, what made ‘We Are Still Here’ the film he had to make, assembling the right cast to bring his characters to life and what the future may hold for him!

You have had a unique career path. What got you started on your journey into the entertainment industry?

Ted Geoghegan

Ted Geoghegan

I grew up in rural Montana, so I fell in love with movies at a very young age and they became my escape from the monotony of living in the middle of nowhere. By the time I got to college, I had been bitten by the creative bug and I liked the idea of helping create films in some way. I made a bunch of homemade movies when we were in high school where we tried to recreate “Highlander” and “Scream” and films like that! By the time I got to college, I wanted to do something a little bit bigger. Without the ability to do so, this was a little before the digital revolution, I started writing screenplays. Anything that came to mind I would start scribbling down! Eventually one of those screenplays caught the eye of a German director named Andreas Schnaas. He ended up making the film in Europe. It is called “Demonium.” That was kind of my first thing back in 2001. Ever since then, I have been writing and producing nonstop! I have been doing everything in the genre from horror to sci-fi to fantasy. I had never really had the desire to direct until I had written this most recent script for “We Are Still Here.” I just fell in love with it and loved it so much I didn’t want to give it to anyone else! I was very fortunate in that I was able to take that script and shop it around. Eventually, I was able to get it to Travis Stevens of Snowfort Pictures who got it to Dark Sky Films and we had a movie!

Stepping back for a moment, who were some of the influences on you as a director and screenwriter?

Early on, even pre-internet, I was buying screenplays. That was my way of learning to write them because there was no class to take at the time, especially in rural Montana! I was able to get my hands on some pretty ridiculous scripts through mail order. I remember getting the Dennis Paoli’s script for Stuart Gordon’s “Re-Animator.” It was a huge inspiration because I loved the film so much, to be able to see how it went from page to screen was very eye-opening for me. Also, I had purchased the script for “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn.” It was so clever and witty that it drove me toward trying to up my game. When I got to college, I ended up taking a class from Carroll O’Connor, who played Archie Bunker on “All In The Family.” It was a screenwriting class and to learn screenwriting from him was absolutely incredible. Even though he had no connection to the genre world, he was always very excited that it was what I wanted to pursue.

As you said, “We Are Still Here” was a project close to your heart. What sparked the initial idea for the concept of the film?

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‘We’re Still Here’

Initially, what had happened was another director reached out to me and was telling me that he was looking for a screenplay that was a take on Lucio Fulci’s “House By The Cemetery,” which is my favorite Fulci movie by far. It is a movie I feel I watch once a month, so I was very eager to attempt it because it is a film I hold very near and dear to my heart. I had written a first and second draft with him and he had given me some basic concepts he wanted to use. At that point, I went all out with the screenplay. After two drafts, I was so in love with it. I told him, “I hope it’s OK for me to ask this but can I shop this script around a little bit and see if maybe I could find some financing for me to direct it?” This other director is so prolific he always has 50 projects going on at once! He said, “Yeah, sure! Go for it, man! I have plenty to keep me busy!” I said, “OK! Let’s see what happens.” With his blessing, I shopped it around to a few people and eventually found Travis, who was all about it. It was a very different film for Snowfort Pictures, his company. I think it was really exciting for him because it was such a different take on haunted houses.

Did you have any particular goals or aspirations when going into the process of directing your first film?

The main thing I wanted to do was write and direct something that felt unlike anything that was coming out these days. I am of the mindset that if I have one chance to direct a film, it can be great or it can be terrible but the most criminal thing it can be is forgettable! I will not let the movie be forgettable! That was really the goal from day one, to make something that people would remember be it positive or negative. Thankfully, most people seem to be recalling it positively! If you grew up with VHS tapes of Fulci and Stuart Gordon, the idea is that this movie feels like a warm blanket or a visit from an old friend. I don’t feel there has been a film like this in 30 years that really embraces concepts like melodrama. A lot of people have referred to my film as a slow burn. I actually don’t think it is. I think of it as being very methodically paced. A slow burn, like Ti West’s stuff, which I am a big fan of, is fun but the whole idea of those movies is to slowly ratchet up the tension more and more until it explodes at the end. That wasn’t the goal with “We Are Still Here.” The goal was to do something that feels like a drama most of the time. It feels very calm and peaceful and explodes into violence from time to time.

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What was the process of finding the right actors to inhabit the characters you created on the written page and what did they bring to the table?

I had originally written the role of Anne for Barbara Crampton and the role of Jacob for Larry Fessenden, both of whom are very close friends of mine. In this being my first time directing, I really liked the idea of working with friends, people who I knew and can trust like Barbara and Larry. Thankfully, when Dark Sky Films became involved, they were completely game to use Barbara and Larry. They had some unique suggestions for the rest of the cast including Andrew Sensenig as Paul. He was absolutely wonderful in “Upstream Color.” They also suggested Lisa Marie, who everyone knows from “Mars Attacks” and “Ed Wood.” Monte Markham plays the town elder, Dave. He was the star of a William Castle movie and “Airport 77” and “Guns of The Magnificent Seven.” To have someone like him bring that sort of gravitas to the set was really incredible! I feel very blessed by all the performers I got for the film, especially given that it was my first movie.

Travis Stevens and Ted Geoghegan on set.

Travis Stevens and Ted Geoghegan on set.

Did you have any challenges to overcome once you were on set?

I wish I could say that I had a major challenge to get over but everything flowed amazingly smoothly! From day one, when we secured our budget and headed off to Rochester, everything just fell into place. We had an amazing crew that was working 24/7 to get the house exactly the way we wanted it. Like I said, Travis is the best producer in the business and he was on top of everything. He made sure everyone and everything was perfect. It really allowed me the opportunity to really focus on the creative and not worry about all the crazy behind the scenes stuff that was going on. As a testament to everyone who worked on my film, if there were problems, I was not aware of them!

Where do you see yourself headed next? You have the skills to write and direct, so is creating your own content the way you see yourself headed in the near future?

I think that is definitely going to be the goal. I really want to keep directing. I look forward to keep writing. I think that there is great potential for me to remain a screenwriter on other people’s projects. I love doing that and writing is really where my heart is but I would love to try my hand at directing again! It would be something very different. I would like to try something that is still very genre, something super gory and super crazy but not a haunted house movie. It would be something that essentially turns the genre on its head. That would be the goal. I think that is going to be my ongoing goal, all of the time in everything I do. I would really like to make sure every project I work on does something new and inventive as opposed to just kind of retreading the same tropes that we have seen time and time again.

Ted Geoghegan

Ted Geoghegan

I am sure you get asked this a lot by young creatives but what is the best advice you can bestow on those who want to make their career in today’s entertainment industry?

As silly as it sounds, something I tell a lot of people is how important networking is. It is one thing if you are a great writer or a great visionary but, if no one knows who you are, it’s not going to matter. You really have to focus on networking. You need to be on social media. You need to have a strong positive presence on social media and you need to be on every form of social media. Aside from that, you need to do actual social networking offline by going to film festivals, conventions and so on. You need to interact with people so they know your face. They need to know who you are. Hopefully, you give off such a positive vibe that they want to work with you. That is my best advice! Put yourself out there and remain as positive as possible. Make people want to work with you!

That is great advice, Ted! It has been a pleasure chatting with you today. You have definitely inspired us and we can’t wait to see where your journey takes you!

Thanks so much, Jason! I’ve had a great time chatting with you! Talk to you again soon!

Connect with Ted Geoghegan on Twitter. ‘We Are Still Here’ hits theaters and VOD on June 5, 2015. Be sure to like the film on Facebook!

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Danielle Harris Dishes On ‘Stake Land’ and Upcoming Projects!

Danielle Harris Dishes On ‘Stake Land’ and Upcoming Projects!

Danielle Harris is a certainly a familiar face to fans of the horror genre. Her role as little Jamie Lloyd from ‘Halloween 4? and ‘Halloween 5? laid the groundwork for what would blossom into one of the most unique careers in Hollywood’s most challenging genre. Never afraid to experiment or to follow her keen instincts when it comes to a role, Danielle continues to surprise her fans with each new project, be it in front of or now behind the camera! Besides her strong work ethic, her “no bullshit” approach to life, coupled with a winning smile and kick-ass personality, make her one of the most approachable and down-to-earth stars that one can encounter. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Danielle to discuss her latest film ‘Stake Land,’ discuss the current fate of her highly anticipated autobiography, her upcoming film projects and much more!

You have a habit of selecting some very unique roles and projects that suit you very well. How did you first get involved with ‘Stake Land’?

Danielle HarrisThank you! Ya know, for this project, they kinda signed me. I wish I could say that I could go out and look for these awesome movies but I have been really lucky about having some really rad people contacting about doing these unique projects. It is kind of an interesting story. I was on Fangoria Radio when I was promoting ‘Halloween II’ and the group that was online with me was Larry Fessenden and Jim Mickle. I didn’t know who either one of them were at the time but we were all chit-chatting. I hung up the phone and a few weeks later I got a call from my manager saying that I had an offer for this independent movie called ‘Stake Land’.

They wanted to book me out for five months because there is a big break in the middle and wanted to start in August and not go back until November and then in December. Which was totally taking me out for getting any job for the second half of the year. But when I read it and thought, “Wow! Belle is throughout most of the story but doesn’t really have much to do.” I had three scenes or three lines. I was thinking, “What the hell am I going to do in Upstate New York, freezing my ass off and looking like a fat ass because I am pregnant in the film. Do I really want to do this movie?” [laughs] But I loved the script and I loved the relationships but there was so much that was left unsaid. It was really all about Jim Mickle and Nick Damici and how open they were to creating that as we went. From there, I decided to watch their film ‘Mulberry Street’. I called Jim to see if he was going to use the same DP as he used on that film because what the film looks like was going to play a major part in the story. It was such a big deal because if it didn’t look as beautiful as it does, I mean the film is fantastic, but the look is such a big part of it. He said that he was indeed using the same DP and as I talked to him I just said, “Ya know what? I want to do it! I have never played a character that was so much like me!” In all of the movies that I have done before I play a bad-ass or a sassy girl or a girl who has a real edge to her and, while that may be a part of who I am, I am actually a bit more like “Belle” in real life. I am kinda the mom, the caretaker, the nurturer to everyone. I felt like no one had ever really seen that side of me on film. I felt this film was a great opportunity to showcase those aspects.

I told Jim I would do it and before I knew it I flew off to Philadelphia and I stayed at Jim’s friends guest house and met the rest of the gang. We sort of created the characters as we continued because we kinda shot it in sequence, due to the changes in seasons and the weather changes. We became a family and I think that it shows on screen because you can really see the relationships starting to build as the movie progresses and I think that it has a lot to do with what was really happening behind the scenes as well, in real life. It is really fun for me to watch because I remember all of those days  and having to work fast and furious and freezing our butts off!

It sounds like you had a lot of great experiences in making the film. Any that spring to mind that you can share with us?

Danielle HarrisI remember day one where one of the scenes we are climbing down some mountain and I am afraid of heights! I am also wearing a dress and cowboy boots, I have a big belly and a backpack and a gun! Jim was like, “We’re gonna start here and cross this waterfall and climb way down there!” I looked at him and said, “You are kidding right?!!!” [laughs] And he was like, “No.” So, I was just like ,“Oh shit! Okay!!! Here we go!” [laughs]

My favorite scene in the movie for me is a scene where Belle just can’t go any further. She sits down on a rock and has that moment. “Mister” comes and swoops her up and she says, “My daddy used to carry me like this when I was a little girl.” and says, “I’m not your Daddy, kid” and we have that little hard ass line. I didn’t know how it was going to work. The first time it came out of my mouth, I just got hysterical and started crying. And then Nick started crying. I just thought, “Oh my god! This is magic!” because we had found “it!” Originally, Belle was supposed to be Mister’s love interest. When I got to set, it just didn’t work. It just didn’t feel right. There was something about it that didn’t mesh. We started to nix that and started to figure out the question of: “If she isn’t Mister’s love interest, who is she?” I sorta became the daughter, the mom, the sister, the wife, kinda fitting all of the feminine shoes and I was able to play all of those women in one and show a very soft side as well.

And I have to say that I don’t think that I have ever looked better on film! Not to toot my own horn! [laughs] I just don’t think I have ever looked better! I have never had more dirt and shit and horrible clothes and no makeup and no sleep and freezing my ass off and all of those things that you have to really be OK with yourself as a person to look that way on film! I mean, I am not an actor that gives a crap about that anyway. I mean, you have seen the movies that I have done before! I never get to look glamorous or be pretty in a movie! [laughs] Well, not for long anyway!

So, all those elements helped to show a very vulnerable side of me that I have never been able to do before. I don’t have a dad in real life. He passed away when I was little. I think that if my dad was around he reminded me so much of Nick because my dad was from Brooklyn and kind of a hard, edgy, chain smoker, with a kinda quiet bad guy type edge. I think that it was there from the very beginning, so since I didn’t have a real-life relationship with my dad, that I was able to create that on film with the Mister character and in that scene, you can see it a little bit. It came from love and I think that is why this movie is so close to my heart.

You are regarded as a horror icon at this point in your career. What does your experience with the genre allow you to bring to a project like this?

Ya know, not with Jim. Jim is such a visionary. He is just so smart and talented. He knew exactly what he wanted. Working with Nick for as long as he has and knowing that they are so passionate about it, I didn’t really have to do anything but show up! They were so open with what we wanted to do and letting us create and play. I have been so lucky, having done so many horror movies, that most of the directors are usually, if not always are fan-boys. They have grown up loving this industry and the genre and know it better than I do, even though I have been living it my whole life! They are just so excited to a) be making a movie and b) to have me on set. So, it is rare to have an opportunity like ‘Stake Land.’ It was a great playground! There is definitely nothing that I could teach Jim! We all did these short films that will be online in the coming weeks that tell the back stories of all the characters, because the movie just throws you into the middle and you don’t know where anyone has come from. That is something that I really love. There is no exposition, it just is what it is and where they have come from is not important, it’s about where they are going. We did want to explain a little bit of that.

Seeing that I am trying to direct now and I am trying to get some projects together, mostly in the horror genre because that is where I want to stay for a while, because this is what I know and I love! There are no females that do this and all the leads are female most of the time, which I know because I am the lead most of the time! [laughs] Anyway, they offered me the opportunity to direct one of the back stories for “Lily”. I wrote it, directed it, shot it and loved it! It was amazing but like any other first time director, there were things that I just needed an opinion on. I called Jim and said, “I need you to watch this. Something is just not working and I need your help!” He did and between himself, Larry Fessenden and Graham Reznick, who edited it along with doing the sound design for ‘Stake Land’, who is brilliant, we were able to figure out what the issue was and we fixed it. It is unbelievable now! So, if anything, I learned from these guys! It is the Adam Greens and the Rob Zombies and while I may have worked on more movies than they have, I learn from them!

That is great! It is exciting to hear that you are taking that step to be behind the camera!

Thank you!

When we spoke last year, I know you had been working on an autobiography to chronicle your life in the industry. I wanted to touch base with you on that and find out the status of that project.

Danielle HarrisI had hired a writer and we wrote quite a bit together, because I am not a writer. I am a great storyteller and a great reviser but when telling your own story, it is kind of hard to take yourself out of it. We worked together for a while on it but when I got the outline of what each chapter was going to be about it just didn’t sound like my voice. It was more about who I knew in Hollywood growing up, in the industry and my generation. Ya know, I am kind of in between River Phoenix and Lindsay Lohan, in that little group. In real life, my boyfriend now is Corin Nemec, you know from ‘Parker Lewis’ and ‘Stargate’ and a bunch of genre projects as well. We went to Corey Feldman’s house a couple weeks ago for his house warming! So, as you can see, I live in this weird little world but these are my friends. I think that what was happening was that I wanted to tell the real story about my life and my struggles and me as a person but all that was coming up was these kind of “Hollywood” or “What would sell in a book” for someone that didn’t know anything about the horror series. That isn’t really what I am interested in writing. I think that is why I have had such great success and have fans say that they love reading or hearing what you say and we are fans because “you keep it real!” With me, there is no bullshit! I don’t want to sugar coat my life.

In my life, like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t grow up with a dad because he died when I was a little girl. He was in the mafia. My parents sold drugs. I have this really crazy story that I want to tell because it is really important to me. It just didn’t read well. I thought, “this is just garbage.” I am not going to write a book just because I am trying to sell something. That is not me. So I nixed it, until I can write it myself or find a writer that wants to keep it real. I don’t care if five people buy it but for me to sell 5 million copies it has to be “Hollywood crap” and I just don’t want to do it.

I also read that you had an animated series of sorts based on your life. What can you tell us about that?

That is with the guys at Halo 8! We go back and forth! Poor Matt Pizzolo can never track me down! [laughs] That all started with me being sort of fascinated with animation side and graphic novel side of things which I haven’t really tapped into except for when we worked on ‘Godkiller’. Matt is so creative and I thought it would be so cool to do something else together. I wanted to present the idea of what it is like to grow up in the horror genre and be with all my other little friends in that genre or who grew up on TV shows and show what our real lives are like. I mean, it is kind of funny, I went to New York City for ‘Hatchet II’ and there was this whole big party at Planet Hollywood and I brought a hatchet with me. I was posing on stage with this hatchet and there are about eight people who have come to see me! It is just kind of funny to me! This is so ridiculous that this is going on the wall! My hatchet! It’s kind of like that or the conventions that I do where there are a bunch of has-been ‘80s actors, who are actually very talented, working genre actors, mixed in with porn stars or wrestlers! [laughs] So, I kinda want to incorporate all of that kind of stuff into an animated series for Adult Swim or an adult oriented animated show like that. But I have so much going on that it sometimes takes a back seat.

What’s happening with Horrorgal.com?

I am still trying to get that up and running. I have so much video and footage for that but I just take on too many things at once and nothing ever gets done! [laughs] I am trying to tackle one thing at a time right now.

What other projects are on the horizon for you?

Danielle Harris

I will tell you what I have already finished that will be coming out this year. I have ‘Night of The Living Dead: Origins 3D’ with Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses) and Tony Todd (The Candyman). That is a CGI, 3D animated film for Sony. I play “Barbara” and it is set in current day New York City. From what I have seen, it looks out of this world! Literally, so bad-ass! I also have have ‘The Victim’ with Michael Beihn (Terminator) and Jennifer Blanc. They are two very good friends of mine and you can check out the film at www.grindhousethevictim.com. I play a coke-head stripper which is something that I have not done before! [laughs] So, that was kinda fun, especially since Jennifer is one of my best friends and it was great to be able to work with her. My favorite work as an actor so far is a film that I finished at the end of last year called ‘Shiver’ with John Jarratt, who I adore. Julian Richards directed the film. It is a role that I had a really hard time with emotionally. It is a really dark and horrible, psychological thriller and it is quite fantastic! I have never worked harder in my entire life! That is saying a lot for all the people who have seen what I went through in ‘Hatchet II,’ it literally almost killed me! [laughs] I am really proud of all that work! I am in a movie called ‘The Trouble With The Truth’ with John Shea and Lea Thompson, just the opening scene and it is not a horror movie! I am obsessed with ‘80s movies so I had to work with the two of them! ‘Hatchet III’ has been greenlit and I just signed on to do a movie called ‘Unbroken’ with Tony Todd, who is a buddy of mine. It is a small part in an independent movie but I love the script and really want to be part of it!Thanks for you time, Danielle!

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Official Trailer For Jim Mickle’s ‘Stake Land’ Unleashed!

Official Trailer For Jim Mickle’s ‘Stake Land’ Unleashed!

STAKE_LAND_TEASERsmlogo5Dark Sky Films and Glass Eye Pix have released a teaser trailer for the epic vampire road film Stake Land. Check out the trailer and synopsis below!

In Jim Mickle’s new film, Stake Land, a young boy is about to learn how cruel the world can become. Martin was a normal teenager before the country collapsed in an empty pit of disaster, and a vampire epidemic swept across the nation’s abandoned towns and cities. It’s up to Mister, a death dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to get Martin to safety. Armed with a trunk full of wooden stakes and a desperate will to stay alive, Mister and Martin make their way through locked down towns, recruiting fellow travelers along the way. A devout nun (Kelly McGillis as “Sister”) joins the small team of survivors. She faces a crisis of faith during the vampire bloodshed, ultimately taking up arms to do battle with her newly formed family unit.

As with his hit, Mulberry Street, Jim Mickle creates a dark and terrifying world, although this time it is fully stocked with the most evil vampires in recent film history. Stake Land is a gritty, post-apocalyptic road movie with teeth!

Stake Land is due in 2010 from Dark Sky Films.

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