With the likes of 'True Blood' and 'Twilight' swarming us over the past few years on-screen vampirism certainly needs a good fresh kick in the teeth. So let's hope Oliver S. Milburn's debut feature 'The Harsh Light of Day' will take us once again to the darker realms of a vampire movie. We've been chatting with British star Giles Alderson about his vampiric role in the new horror project which opens in UK theatres this June.
'The Harsh Light of Day'
arrives in UK theatres from 8 June and has been described as a deeply
chilling masterpiece of horror cinema. What makes this project stand out
from the hordes of vampire movies that seem to grace our screens more and
more these days?
Quite simply, it is really a great film. For those people who love
vampires and how they change from a human into a fully fledged vampire
will love this take on the genre. It really delves deeply into the
concious mind, what you would do for revenge if all around you was lost
and how being a vampire would be about as good as it could get as you take
that revenge. But obviously this has concequences and for our lead
character Daniel (Dan Richardson), these are huge life changing forms of
Could you tell us a little
about your character Infurnari?
He's a deep character. A fantastic soul seeking vampire who gives Daniel
the chance to change his fortunes and take his anger out on those who have
destroyed him emotionally and physically. Infunari wants Daniel to become
like him but he must teach him to develop and grow on his own giving
Daniel the choice as to whether he joins him and the other vampires
amongst his own. Infurnari's group is dying out and he needs others to
join them, but they have to be ideal candidates. Daniel fits the all the
critera but through out the film we discover if he has the heart to go
through with it and at the same time reap the rewards of becoming a
powerful vampire? Infunari helps him make that choice at the same time as
being outrageously cool and rippling with a mysteriously dark energy.
Giles: "I remember seeing a really rough cut of the movie a
year ago and I knew then it was going to be something
How was it to work with
writer/director Oliver S. Milburn?
Brilliant!. Oliver was a joy. People talk about him being the next young
star director. He has such a wise head on his shoulders. Throughout the
filming he was always in control of his vision and really worked with me
to make sure Infurnari would be perceived by the audience as we invisaged
this character to be. I believe he will go very far. So it is nice that
everyone will get to see what all the hype is about when this comes out.
Emma Biggins, the producer, and Oliver are a great team and very good at
what they do and I know they are already working on their next project
Are you surprised by the
positive response that 'The Harsh Light of Day' has received so far from
audiences and critics alike?
Not at all. When you go into a project you have high hopes. You never,
ever think this isn't going to work. I remember seeing a really rough cut
of the movie a year ago and I knew then it was going to be something
special. The direction was creative, the storyline was unique and the
performances were excellent. Dan Richardson is brilliant in this and so
are the gang that he gets revenge upon. All top up and coming actors. So
I'm glad others are seeing this film for what it is.
Giles: "'Stalled': Set in a toilet, funny as hell and full of shit kicking
We were very interested in
your involvement in Christian James' zombie comedy horror 'Stalled'. Could
you tell us some more about the project?
I could but then i would have to eat you! haha! Me, Christian and Dan
Palmer (the writer/star) have been mates for a long time and even shot
some test footage for their excellent horror comedy 'Big Cats' and have
been dying to work together since then. So when a cameo came up in
'Stalled', I couldn't resist. My first zombie feature and it's going to be
a cracker. Set in a toilet, funny as hell and full of shit kicking
zombies, what more could you want? Quite a few of the Harsh Light guys
worked on that film too. So you can play 'spot the blood caked faces' if
If you had to sum up 'The
Harsh Light of Day' in just 3 words what would they be?
Visual. Impactful, Delicious.
And finally, what is your
favourite horror film?
Apart from The Harsh Light of Day? Jeez I don't know. Erm... Stalled? Does
that count? Actually It wasn't until I did 'The Torment' (released as 'The
Possession of David O'Reilly' in the US) that I really got into horror
films. The director of that Andrew Cull, whom I am working with on 'The
Long Walk', made me watch 'The Ring', 'REC' and 'The Haunting' to get me
in the mood. I used to hate horror's, now I love them. 'Picnic at Hanging
Rock' 'Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer' & 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre'
are some of my favourites.
"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 Giles' upcoming projects you can follow him on Twitter: @Gold_FilmsUK
'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 info at the official website for 'The Harsh Light of Day' here.