The Mind Robbers VS Buffy Ep. 1

Versus -- Buffy144Scott and Matt take on their Buffy the Vampire Slayer history as well as Joss Whedon’s original screenplay for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.

(WARNING: Please beware of full spoilers for all of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and all things Joss Whedon.)

NEXT: “Welcome to the Hellmouth” and “The Harvest”

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6 thoughts on “The Mind Robbers VS Buffy Ep. 1

  1. A wonderful introduction to another chapter of this lovely podcast! Can’t wait to dive into more of the works of Joss Whedon to hear you guys’ take on it! The podcast world is doomed.

  2. So, I finally sat down and read the original script to the movie.

    Now, I preface this with a confession: I have a soft spot in my heart for the movie. I was at the right age for it to appeal (I was 9 and this sort of schlock was my jam) and it came out around the time of a spat of other teen supernatural comedies (My Demon Lover, My Boyfriend’s Back, My Best Friend is a Vampire) that I adored.

    Hell, I even own the novelization (written by teen horror second fiddle to Christopher Pike- Rich Cusick).

    But yes, that being said, the movie is atrocious. Reading the original script I don’t know what I expected but it wasn’t as different as I thought it would be. I was more abashed at how young Joss’s voice was, how spec script in the early 90’s is was. How much punchier the jokes were than in the movie. The script came off the heals of Valley Girl made only a few years before and you can feel it. (Also I loled over the description of Pike as the early 90’s goth/punk Doc Martins guy. Only to cast Luke Perry. And make the selling point of the movie that he shaved his sideburns for the part. Yes, I remember reading a YM article in ’91 that made a big deal out of it)

    I disagree that the movie couldn’t have been made more to Joss’s original vision. I mean, Lost Boys was made only a few years before it and it managed to keep the tone somewhere in between horror/comedy/music video. The problem was the company that got its fingers on it I suspect. From all accounts the Kazui’s were kinda awful people (who made a fortune off of Buffy due to the show)

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