Actress Danielle Harris has had a long and varied career in her few years in the industry. Starring in everything from the soap opera One Life to Live to acting alongside Bruce Willis in The Last Boy Scout Harris came to the attention of horror fans 1988’s Halloween 4 as a little girl being stalked by silent killer Michael Myers. Now, this horror icon is hoping to get the same sort of attention from comics and animation fans with her performance in writer/director Matt Pizzolo’s “illustrated film,” Godkiller -- think a long-form motion comic from indie production company Halo-8. Starring alongside AFI's Davey Havok, Lance Henricksen, Bill Moseley and Lydia Lunch, based on art by Anna Muckracker, Harris plays Halpipe, one of an assortment of post-nuclear characters trying to survive.
Ms. Harris was spoke to MTV Geek about her work Pizzolo’s vision, her storied career as a horror icon, and how genre fare needs more women behind the cameras.
Geek: Were there any particular elements to Godkiller’s being marketed as an “illustrated film” that drew you to the project?
DH: Yeah, I just hadn’t seen anything like it before. I’m not an avid reader of graphic novels nor am I of comic books. But animation is something I’ve done for a while. You know, I’ve done an animated series called The Wild Thornberrys for a while, and I was working on Night of the Living Dead Origins—and even that’s completely different from anything I’d ever seen before.
So, this was something that I thought was quite beautiful and different from what I had expected it to look like, and I was pretty impressed. I think that it looks pretty killer.
Geek: What attracted you to the role of Halfpipe?
DH: Well, aside from the fact that I’d never gotten to play a bisexual, organ-stealing prostitute, it was something I’d never really dabbled in—I guess, you’d call the animated world of the [horror genre].
It was something that I thought was sort of a chance for me to play, be a different character, and work with my boys—Bill Mosley and I have done quite a few things together. And Matt was such a cool guy and I thought his vision was great and the art was amazing and it was so new.
You know, I’ve been doing this for so long, and working in this world for so long that I rarely come across projects that I get excited about. And really, after [Rob Zombie’s] Halloween, after ’07, I’m going to do things in this genre—if I’m going to stay in it—that inspire me, and I can support, and that are creative, and that are different from everything else that I’ve done. And that was sort of everything that I thought Godkiller stood for. So, that’s pretty much what attracted me to it.
Geek: Tell us a little about Halfpipe.
DH: Well, she’s very sassy, and the sort of feisty, flirty [type], getting herself into trouble. Kind of a badass—like I said, the organ-stealing prostitute that she is! Does what she needs to do to get to the next place. I think there’s some stuff that Matt and I have talked about [for] future episodes that we’re working on to create a bit more of Halpipe, because she’s sort of sprinkled throughout Godkiller.
And then Lance Henricksen—Lance and I had done a movie previous to that [the horror-thriller Cyrus] and it was fun to play his lover. [laughs] Read More...