Remember Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Well, actress Juliet Landau is producing “the ultimate vampire insider documentary”: A Place Among the Undead.
The film will contain interviews with all the greatest names of the vampire genre – from Buffy creator Joss Whedon, to Tim Burton, and Dracula star Gary Oldman.
“It transcends the traditional idea of a documentary – it has interlinking narrative films which are inspired by the conversations,” Landau told Digital Spy.
“One of the things that we found fascinating talking with all of the creators is how each of them use the metaphor of vampirism to look at a myriad of elements of the human condition.
“So Joss Whedon uses the metaphor of vampirism in Buffy to explore high-school as a nightmare. Kevin Grevioux created Underworld because of his experiences with inter-racial dating. Tim Burton says Dark Shadows was all about dysfunctional family.
“It gives us so many ways to look at our own natures, and so each of the narrative films is based on a different metaphor.”
“You can watch and rewatch Buffy and find new things all the time – everything has these deeper meanings,” she suggested. “It’s written in a way that really resonates with people – plus there’s humour in it, as well as it being terrifying.
“It’s got all the things that make for really good entertainment, so I think that the lasting power is a testament to the writing.”
Landau dismissed potential production companies who wanted to ditch the Hammer Horror era, since it’s “not so hip.” Instead, she’s now launched an Indiegogo campaign to help finish A Place Among the Undead, with the best “producing partners” ever – the fans!
“You can’t make the definitive vampire documentary and not have Hammer – that’s not OK. So many of our interviewees actually became filmmakers because of Hammer – Tim Burton, Tom Holland who created Fright Night…
“So the thing that’s been so amazing is interacting with the fans. Having producing partners that are fans means you’re working with people who not only like the genre – they really love it and they understand it.”
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