'The Harsh Light of Day' is the debut feature from British filmmaker Oliver S. Milburn which finally seems to be giving vampires an unholy edge once again. Actor Dan Richardson plays writer Daniel whose family is the victim of a brutal attack which leaves him paralysed and his wife murdered. Daniel then meets Infurnari, a Vampire, willing to help bring revenge on Daniel's attackers but at the great cost of his soul. Dan has taken the time out to speak with us here at the Horror Asylum about his experiences on the project which opens in UK theatres this June.
How did you get involved with
'The Harsh Light of Day'?
It was a total fluke actually. While Multistory Films were busy casting
The Harsh Light Of Day, I was shooting a movie in Canada for a month and
surfing in Costa Rica for a month after that. Apparently they were having
trouble finding anyone to play the role of Daniel Shergold and literally
on the day I got home from Costa Rica I received an email inviting me to
audition for the role. Two days later I auditioned, later that same week I
was at the call back and two weeks after that we started principal
Could you explain a little
about the relationship between your character Daniel and Infurnari (played
by Giles Alderson)?
Daniel is at an all-time low and has essentially given up on life. He
doesn't really have the resolve or energy to dispute Infurnari's sudden
arrival on the scene and it's all a bit confusing for Daniel because he
really doesn't understand who this man is, how he possibly thinks he can
help, or why he'd even want to. But Daniel is so broken and his situation
is so helpless that when Infurnari suggests the possibility of justice and
revenge, Daniel is more than willing to sign his life away. even though he
really has no idea of what he's getting in to. There's a very interesting
dynamic between the two characters because, as he begins to realise who
and what Infurnari is, Daniel has massive internal conflict - he's morally
opposed to Infurnari's way of life but he also knows it's exactly that
which offers his only real chance of the retribution he so desperately
craves. And Infurnari, regardless of what he is, demonstrates some
admirable qualities and real compassion, so it's hard to figure him
Dan: "Daniel is at an all-time low and has
essentially given up on life".
The movie contains some strong
themes and violent imagery, how was your experiences working with the
other actors in these such intense scenes?
When it came to those kind of scenes, everyone was totally on the same
page and I think we were able to take ourselves to some pretty dark places
because of it. Usually we'd all hang out in the green room together having
a great laugh, but ahead of those intense scenes we'd separate ourselves
for a while and get really psyched up in our own ways. Then when we came
together on set to shoot the scene there was a real divide between them
and me. We'd be in character and we'd stay in character while the crew set
up the shots. We just tried to build the intensity as much as possible by
saying all kinds of utterly horrific things to each other. Then Ollie
would wrap the scene and we'd hug it out...bunch of softies really.
Could you ever sacrifice your
own soul for revenge?
Good question! It seems to me that none of us really know how we'd react
to something until we're actually in the situation. As much as I can't
(thankfully) relate to the circumstances Daniel finds himself in, if I was
really that broken and had nothing left to live for, then yes, I probably
could. Easy to say that now though. Ask me again when someone actually
gives me that choice for real and I'll probably cry like a baby and say
Dan: "We just tried to build the intensity as much as possible".
How have you enjoyed
travelling around promoting 'The Harsh Light of Day' and how excited are
you by its announced June UK release?
It's been fantastic! The world premiere was in California at the Cinequest
Film Festival in March and that was a wonderful, unforgettable experience.
We'll be doing a UK tour with the cinema release too so I'm really looking
forward to that. The UK theatrical release is literally a dream come true
for me. I only got into acting very recently - I went full-time 3 years
ago - and The Harsh Light of Day was my first lead role in a feature film,
so more than anything I just feel incredibly lucky and grateful. I'm very
proud of what this team have achieved and I know I'm extremely fortunate
to be a part of it. It's very exciting to know that the public will be
watching our film because at the end of the day, as obvious as it sounds,
that's why we do what we do.
If you had to sum up 'The
Harsh Light of Day' in just 3 words what would they be?
Despair driving revenge.
And finally, what is your
favourite horror film?
'The Strangers' by Bryan Bertino.
I'm a fan of psychological horrors like that. It's such
a simple story and frighteningly easy to relate to the situation so you
get totally wrapped up in it.
It's terrifying that there's no real motive for what
happens. And maybe it has a little something to do with the fact that Liv
Tyler is ridiculously gorgeous. Maybe.
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck with the release of 'The Harsh Light of Day'."
For more info on Dan's upcoming projects you can follow him on Twitter: @dan710ths
'The Harsh Light of Day' arrives in UK theatres for a limited run from 8 June and will be unleashed onto DVD and iTunes from 1 July.
Check out more at the official website for 'The Harsh Light of Day' here.