Actress Juliet Landau is no stranger to vampires, having played Drusilla on the cult classic television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spinoff "Angel." These days, however, she's spending a lot more time behind the camera as she and her husband Deverill Weekes explore the vampire phenomenon in a two-part documentary series, "A Place Among the Dead" and "A Place Among the Undead."
At Comic-Con International in San Diego, Landau joined CBR TV's Jonah Weiland just outside the world famous CBR Yacht on the almost-as-famous San Diego Marriott Marina to discuss the project. In the interview, she explained part one, "A Place Among the Dead," focuses on true crime reality when people take the fantasy of vampirism too far and the second, "A Place Among the Undead," explores every aspect of vampires in myth and pop culture, from movies and TV to comics and literature.
The documentaries will feature a number of high-profile creators, including Tim Burton, Joss Whedon, Gary Oldman, Willem Dafoe, Anne Rice, Robert Patrick, Kevin Grevioux, Steve Niles and Georges Jeanty. Additionally, Landau explained how she and Weekes created interlinking narrative pieces which take place in locations like New Orleans and London.
On what she finds most interesting about vampires:
Julie Landau: I think the thing that's been most fascinating (it's one of the reasons I wanted to make the documentary) is whenever I've come in contact with other actors or creators of the vampire genre, we always tell the most interesting, funny inside stories. I was like, 'This needs to be on film. People have to see this, to get inside it.' It's been a real incredible journey to be on this side of it."
On why she loves vampires:
I think it really started when I was playing Drusilla. I think that's when my fascination with it began, and then meeting all these people has been just a real incredible joy. My husband and I are self-funding the project, but it has continued to grow and grow and grow. We have so many amazing people from all over the world that want to be interviewed, so we're actually going to launch an Indiegogo campaign. We have a number of production companies that want to invest, but we want to make the documentary that fans want to see and we want fans to be a part of film history, to be a partner in making the definitive documentary about the vampire phenomenon. We're looking to raise $450,000.