I turned 15 we, finally, got
cable in my small Western New
York town.Greg: At what age
did you see yourself as an actor?
Danny: I have always been observing and
absorbing energy...preparing for this
craft I knew I would enter. It all makes sense
being a Leo.
Greg: Did you see yourself acting in horror films?
Danny: Not really. I always had an attraction to the
genre but never thought it was going to be my
ticket into the industry.
did you hear about Desecration?
Danny: I joined an agency when I was 14, a year
later I was contacted by my agent and was
told about the project.
was required for you to audition?
Danny: It was an on camera test. I auditioned in Jersey.
Dante Tomaselli had me play out the scene in Desecration where Bobby's
character was yelling down a
hole...I had to pretend that
the carpeted floor was actually
a treacherous hole that my friend Sean had
fallen down, and make it believable.
What was it like working with Dante
Danny: Every film we've made so far has been in ice cold
conditions...VERY COLD! But, even in freezing
temperatures, working on Dante Tomaselli films is
a very special thing. He is a
brilliant man and director who stays very
focused on his visions and has the perfect
amount of intensity on set. He
expects professionalism from all his actors
and the same from his crew members. There
definitely is a formula to his creating
masterpiece...and I am glad to be apart of it.
Was there any memorable experiences on
set for your character Bobby that you'd like
to share with us?
Danny: Two huge memories come from scenes that were
cut out of the final project. Both were
during dream sequences in Bobby's dorm
room. One, was when I had this long glowing
lubricated umbilical cord break through my
stomach and maneuver its way right through the
ceiling. The other, was when I was
sleeping in bed and surrounded by mist and
fog. I was attacked by a huge
snake with razor sharp teeth that was caked with
KY jelly. We shot both scenes in reverse...I was
fascinated by the manipulation of film.
Was there any scary experiences at all?
Danny: One night scene where Christie Sandford chases me
down, picks me up and throws me into the
fiery pit. She was in complete make-up, laughing
at me in her sinister way. Then, she throws me
into the pit and I stab myself in the
back on a piece of wood from the set. It really
hurt. The pit was very tight and I had to
squeeze in there with an art assistant that was
lighting smoke cookies. While the scene was still
playing out above ground my pants caught on fire.
I was really scared that the whole rig was gonna
catch on fire but I didn't want to screw up the
shot. I managed to last the whole take without
any burns...but my heart was pounding.
Did it feel a little awkward to you when
you were portraying an overgrown baby when
Christie Sanford's character as your Mom was
Danny: Not one
bit. I live for wild, interesting scenes
like that one. When I auditioned, Dante had
shown the version from his short film.
It made me want the role even more. The crew made
me very comfortable. We were on a tight time
schedule, I was in that cage for hours and
hours...During takes I had people bring
me snacks and we'd joke a lot. I
also played with my stuffed animals.
actor or actress did you enjoy working with the
most on that set?
I loved all the actors on that project. We were
like a huge family. Irma St. Paule was a great
you get any feedback from fans during the release
of the film at festivals or on DVD?
Danny: The reviews online never stopped coming.
They came from all over the world. I loved seeing
critics from other countries speak about the
What was your next film after
starred in Dante's second feature Horror.
In Horror you play a
drug user named Luck which was similar to your
character Bobby. Was Dante giving your the same
directions for that?
Danny: Some directions were similar...Luck
in Dante's eyes is Bobby, a few years later.
After coping with murder and addictions and
having a child hood like Bobby's it's natural
that the character would become the sociopath he
is in 'Horror'.
While your character was escaping from
rehab with his friends you were in a van and
there was a lot of snow which can be dangerous at
times. Was it slippery to drive or were there any
hazards or did the van stall at all?
van we used definitely had a mind of its own...
Was the gun you used cap gun?
Danny: No, it was a real gun. We used blanks though.
Producers would bring it on set locked in a chest
for safety. We only had it out during takes. It
was such a rush shooting it...I was realizing
dreams of being in a film and shooting a
gun. It is definitely a scene young
actors practice over and over again.
was it like for you meeting the Amazing Kreskin
for the first time as he played Reverend Salo?
Danny: It felt as
if I had known him for years. It was
very exciting because my mind was set in the
same realm as his...I felt close to all the
Did you ever watch any of his shows?
Danny: No. Not really my time. But, right after Kreskin
was added to the cast I watched a few
tapes that introduced him to
me. It was nice knowing a personality that
was on 'The Johnny Carson Show'
was also going to be in the same film I was going
to be in.
What about Felissa Rose as you had
two scenes with her towards the ending since she
played the Art Therapist?
I love Felissa.
Were you a fan of any of her films?
I had seen 'Sleepaway Camp' a
few times before meeting her so I was excited
that the scream queen was joining us. I
haven't seen any of her other work.
What kind of effect did Scott Sliger use
when Vincent Lamberti's character bit your neck
or when the patient look scarred or burned?
What do you remember the most out of
doing that film?
Danny: The black satanic goat. He was such a great actor
to work with. And the last day filming. It
was wild seeing all the
zombies creeping around the set. Lizzy Mahon
was barefoot in the snow. I will never forget
'Horror'. I had such a fun time filming it...I
remember crying when it was all over.
Did you ever go and see it during it's
No...But I was very happy seeing it win
Best Cinematography at The New York Horror
After the film you took some acting
workshops. What was the reason for doing so?
It is my destiny to act; I am not one
that thinks you need it taught. But,
every actor needs something to add to his or her
resume...I wanted people to know I wasn't lazy
and that I care about my craft.
Did you receive any work in TV, stage or
film besides working with Tomaselli?
Danny: Not really. I've only been on a few auditions
and haven't had anyone representing me since
'Desecration'. I patiently wait
from one project to the next and sometimes hit up
You played a University student in a
trashy horror/comedy flick in the Troma Team vein
called 'Nikos' which starred
Felissa Rose but however I never saw you
throughout that film. Was your scene cut out?
This film really never had permission to
add me to the credits. I was never really
photographed. Felissa Rose had invited me to the
set of the film as a guest and I was asked
by the director to stand in as an extra...To
support Felissa, I did. Then, when the film was
released, I started seeing the credit pop up -
like on the IMDb. I have been trying to
get myself disassociated with the project
but its still haunting me, haha. It was very
What did your character do in the
Danny: Absolutely nothing and I have never seen the
Now you play Sean in 'Satan's
Playground' which has been completed and
Dante is looking for a theatrical distributor.
Who do you play in that one and what does he do?
My character Sean is an autistic
teenager. He has some sort of telepathic
abilities and is usually neglected by his
family. He is very much connected with the energy
of the Jersey Devil legend and sets out to
save his mother from evil.
Is the character a lead like in 'Desecration'
Is the character similar like in the two
films I mentioned?
You will find many hints on how all
my characters from Dante's films are
connected. In 'Satan's Playground'
my character's name is Sean...the same name of my
lost friend from 'Desecration'.
Also, my wardrobe in the film is the exact same
thing I wear in 'Desecration'.
I don't want to give away to much...the pieces to
the puzzle are in your hands.
was this film different for you than in your
I was very much involved with the production of
the 'Satan's Playground'. At one
point my cousin was going to executive produce
the film and I was going to co-produce. That
fell through because of financial issues. I am
very close with Dante. If I wasn't on set
acting...I was helping the Art
Department or Production team with anything
that needed to be done. I think the
producers gave me a production assistant
credit. One night, I stood in as the production
designer/art director. It was our last night
shooting and crew members from the art team all
had other production obligations. You'll see the
scene...My cousin, Michael Ryan is strapped down
in the woods and is surrounded by fire torches
and is being whipped by a satanic
Greg: Did you
ever see Ellen Sandweiss in 'Evil Dead'
or Edwin Neal in 'Texas Chainsaw
Massacre' before pre-production started
for the flick?
Yes, those are both classic horror
What was the experience like working
with those actors?
Danny: Very professional. They are both very
talented beings. I got real close with Ellen on
set. She's a lot of fun to work with. Back at the
hotel we would try and get everyone to join our
Greg: Will you be
cast in Tomaselli's next flick 'The Ocean'
since you seem to be a favorite in his films?
Danny: Yes, I will play Felissa's son who drowns in
the beginning of the film. There's talk that I
might come back to haunt people.
What is next for you beforehand?
I have submitted information for a few
reality TV shows. One is being produced by E! and
the other by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.
Both would document the story, dreams and
realization of becoming an entertainment mogul.
You seem busy. Now here's some fun
stuff. What are your favorite horror films?
'Halloween' and 'Friday
the 13th' were the two I grew up with.
Now, there are so many that I appreciate. 'The
Shining'...is another list topper.
If you have a film you'd like to change
what would that film be?
'Nikos'! I really don't enjoy
being attached to that film.
What is the film you acted in that you
cherish the most?
'Desecration'. It holds a
special place within me...It was my first
film. This will always be the film
that began my career.
If you were just a top scream king for a day
whether this actor was alive or dead who would he
Jack Nicholson...when he has that axe
and breaks through the bathroom
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A successful career in the industry and the right
people around me.
What are your ambitions?
Danny: I want to continue acting for the rest of my life
and get more involved in production. Soon, own
my a record label and production
company. Dante is currently working on a
surreal dance album called Sex, Death and the
Supernatural. I am trying to lock funds for the
project at this time. In the near future, I
would love to be producing many projects. Some
for television and of course many for film. One
being Dante's next film, 'The Ocean'.