Wednesday, August 17, 2011
What Marti Noxon hath wrote
Marti Noxon wrote 24 episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" during the seven seasons of the show. Her latest offering is the "Fright Night" remake. To say she knows a little about vampires and vampire killing would be accurate.
Noxon wrote some of the better episodes including "I Only Have Eyes For You," "The Wish" and "Villains." "The Wish" includes the first vamping out of Willow and Xander.
Noxon also tried her hand at the king of vampires. Unfortunately, "Buffy versus Dracula," the season five opener, is regarded as a piece of crap. At least in this household, anyway.
There have been some awful Draculas committed to film, but Rudolf Martin's take on the bloodsucker is wimpy and pathetic. The make-up looks like it was thrown on by a high school drama kid just learning his craft. This is particularly disappointing because most of the make-up in the series is pretty good, especially for TV.
And then there is Dawn, Buffy's sudden sister. I'm told there are hints about Dawn throughout the previous four seasons. I catch one every once in a while, but still I ask, WHAT THE HELL?
My biggest gripe is that Dracula is supposed to be the ultimate bad ass. I know Buffy is the Slayer and all, but shouldn't Dracula have lasted more than one episode? At least give me a two-parter.
It will be interesting to see how Noxon handles a stone cold killer as Jerry in the new "Fright Night" has been described. Does she get all she can from the R rating? Will Jerry wuss out during his final confrontation with Charlie Brewster?
Will Noxon pen a sequel if the film is a success?
These questions and more will be answered Friday night (or maybe Saturday afternoon, depending on my schedule).