Danielle Harris Talks Stake Land

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Also excited for Fear Clinic webseries

We caught up with actress Danielle Harris at last night’s Eyegore Awards, who’s currently taking a quick break from shooting on Stake Land and we asked if she was familiar with Jim Mickle’s previous film Mulberry Street before signing on board to his vampire epic.

“Actually,” she confesses “Ryan Rotten is the reason I decided to take the project because I read his review of Mulberry Street in Fangoria saying it was one of the best movies he’d seen of that year, so I thought that was really cool since he knows what he’s talking about!”

Ryan’s seal of approval aside, we asked what else stood out about the project that made her want to be a part of it. “It was such a great script and I was so excited when Kelly McGillis came on board,” she says. “It was sort of the antithesis of every vampire movie that’s come my way. It’s gitty, it’s dirty, it’s real and it takes place over the course of a year. It’s kind of like a post-apocalyptic road trip vampire movie.”

Besides McGillis, we asked how working with the rest of the cast has been thus far. “It’s great, Nick Damici and Conner Paolo are two of the other actors in this, and they are method! Nick who is in Mulberry Street has been sleeping in tents and wearing the same cloths everyday and getting really into it. [Laughs] I’m like “come on, guys!””

Having worked with directors on everything from small independent projects to big budget studio fare, we pressed for details on how working with director Jim Mickle differs from her previous experiences. “He’s got a great eye visually,” she explains. “He knows exactly what he wants and he’s totally open to experimenting. He totally trusts you at the same time. And he’s really excited to be there just making his movie, which I think sends out a great message to everyone.”

“For me, I saw Mulberry Street and we’ve got the same DP on Stake Land and I thought “Wow, this is going to be one of the coolest films I’ve ever done visually.” With the exception of of course Rob Zombie’s movies. For this type of movie, it’s not a $20 million dollar movie, but I think it’s going to look like one. We’re shooting on two Red cams and it feels similar to the way Rob shot on the last Halloween. Plus, this is such a labor of love for Jim so we’re in the trenches on this one.”

Lastly, with her new webseries for FearNet Fear Clinic currently in post-production and set to debut later this month, we asked for her thoughts on her first foray in doing original web content. “I’m so excited about Fear Clinic!” she enthuses.

“When I got the call to do a web-series, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it. But I read the script and really liked it. I thought it was really smart. And of course, Robert Englund and Kane Hodder signed on, and getting to see Robert Hall’s work and the stuff he’s done with his visual FX company, I thought “this is going to look amazing.”

“And it’s so far exceeded my expectations… and I had high expectations! I think we’ve got a shot at creating a new franchise that could be really fun. I’m really proud of it.”

Source: Robert Galluzzo