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Danielle Harris Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts – An Interview

DH: Well, I turned 11 on the set of Halloween 4 and 12 on the set of Halloween 5. It was really fun actually. I mean how many times do you get to leave school early and go live in a hotel for 2 months, staying up all night long, and eating spaghetti for what cast/crew called “lunch” at 3 o’clock in the morning. Plus, being covered in fake blood, or backing up into the “candy glass” on set which was actually made of sugar and you could eat, that was definitely some of the stuff I thought was really cool and fun. I got to run around yelling and screaming in a Halloween costume, even thought it was really April. Basically all the stuff you really look forward to as own packaging false eyelash  You really don’t think about the fact that you’re working, because you’re young and having so much fun.

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TIS: Yeah, that sounds awesome. So, I’ve always wondered, in parts 4 & 5, were any of your screams when Michael was chasing you real, or was it all really just acting?

DH: (Laughing) Pure acting. I knew he really wasn’t trying to get me. None of it was really “real”. Maybe in Halloween 5, when I was running through the woods and Michael’s chasing me with a car, that was probably the only time I was really scared. I was actually the one doing the running in the dark woods. Our stunt coordinator mapped out a route for me to run around certain trees, so I had to remember to turn at this tree, and that tree. I remember being scared that I wasn’t going to remember which way he wanted me to go. There was just so much smoke, and it was late, and dark, so I was definitely a little bit worried about own packaging false eyelash .

TIS: I read that you chose to pass up the role of Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 6 due to the fate of her character. Can you talk a little about that?

DH: Yeah, it was actually a combination of different things. It came down in the Breakdown Services that they were looking for a lookalike, so my agent called to let me know. I told him I didn’t know why, because no one had called me to see if I was interested. So we got in touch with the producers and they said they wanted someone over 18, and I was 17 at the time. So I went and got emancipated on my own, on my own dime too, which cost about $3,000, so I could do the movie, but the script was changing. I was getting revisions, and going through negotiations with Miramax. I met with the producer and director and didn’t care for the way Jamie died. It was a really small role, and she was pregnant with Michael Myers baby, and I don’t know, I just wasn’t excited about it. We were in negotiations and still in the middle of the writing process, and they started being really weird about salary, when all I really wanted was to recoup what I had paid to be emancipated in order to do the movie in the first place, but they weren’t even willing to cover that much. It was then I realized own packaging false eyelash that I just shouldn’t do it. I didn’t feel like I was meant to be a part of it. My friend, J.C. Brandy ended up playing “Jamie”, and I guess everything happens for a reason, you know? After seeing the movie, I felt as though I’d made the right decision. I was a little upset that I didn’t get a chance to finish it out though. But at the same time, with Rob Zombie’s ’07 version, I have a feeling that he probably wouldn’t have cast me if I’d done Halloween 6 and died. I feel like that really left it open for me, and fans really wanted me to come back too. So yeah, I think if I’d done 6, my part in the series would have been done, so it worked out for the best.

TIS: Ever since your appearance in Halloween 4 in 1988, you’ve had an ever growing presence in the horror film genre, and now you have your own horror webpage horrorgal.com.

DH: Working on it (laughs).

TIS: Can you tell me a little about it?

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Lrsmn DH: Yeah, I was doing so much press for Halloween ’07, along with a lot of my other friends, and we felt like we were being asked the same questions over and over again, and we starting getting frustrated. I really wished the fans could get to know us, and who we really are, because we’re so different then the way we’re seen on screen. Especially the guys who play the “bad guys”, the Michael Myers’, the Jason’s, they’re completely different. So I thought about the fan base, and career I have, and the “scream queen” title I have. For example, that title was very acceptable for my fans through press, etc. but I think Adam Green (Director of Hatchet II) said it perfectly yesterday when someone asked him what made me a good scream queen. He said, “well because when I watch her on screen, I want to buy her ice cream” and I loved that. That’s the “me” most people don’t know. So I thought, what better way to let the fans get to know who we really are then someone like me to bring it to them. I thought, I know all these guys, and they’re totally comfortable with me, and then I was like, “ooh, I could be the Barbara Walters of the horror genre” and thought that would be super cool. I really want to show another side of the genre, from the other side of the table, and behind the scenes without the fans having to wait for it to come out on the DVD extras. I started carrying my flip camera and videoing stuff. I’m not sure if you’ve seen any of the YouTube Channel called “Horrorgal”?

TIS: Yeah, definitely.

DH: Cool, so you’ve seen that I like to ask random questions. It’s funny because every time I come up to somebody at a convention and ask if I can interview them for my website, they automatically get ready to answer questions about whatever movie they did, and that’s the last thing I want to know. I don’t want to talk about that stuff, I want their fans to get to know who they really are, so I ask them everything other than horror genre questions, and when we’re finished, they always say how much fun they’ve had. I was at a convention and somebody brought Kane (Actor- See No Evil) some Peppermint Patties (or whatever he said his favorite candy was) and he was like own packaging false eyelash, how did you know, and they told him they saw it on my YouTube video with him. I thought that was really cool. So now I’m compiling all of it. I wanted to get it all up and available last year, but things are taking longer than I’d thought, like the design of the site etc. Plus I’ve just been so busy with work. I’m actually filming everything behind the scenes while I’m working, so trying to get that geared up and ready to go is tough. I’m hoping to have everything up by the first of the year and be able to update it every day or so. I also have my video blog up there. It’s just a lot of fun.

TIS: Well I actually have a question from an interview you did with Rob Zombie on your YouTube channel that I liked, and wanted to flip on you.

DH: And that’s funny, because recently a few reporters have said they’ve seen the YouTube videos and said they were going to do that to me, so I know it’s working own packaging false eyelash .

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