Horror: Career Choices
It took me quite some time to get into Buffy the Vampire slayer when it was first on T.V. However I eventually got to the point where I’d not only caught up on the episodes that I’d initially ignored, but had managed to make my way beyond what was showing on air here in Australia and ended up seeing the series closer at around he same time that it aired in the US.
Like most fans of the show I have to admit that I blamed its lead, Sarah Michelle Geller, for taking away from me a show that I really felt stood above the rest of the pack. In the end though, you have to understand her decision to move on and see where her career can take her. After all she’s been in the game for a long time; She was only six when she first appeared as Jennifer Bianchi in the 1993 TV movie An Invasion of Privacy. The problem is though, and I don’t think that I’m alone here, she seems to be making some pretty stupid choices when it comes to her movie roles since leaving Buffy… Some, myself included, may even suggest that maybe she hasn’t moved far enough from the shows genre to have made ditching the steady paycheque all that worth while.
Famously, the first time we saw Sarah on the big screen post-Buffy was in Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed… I don’t think I need to say much more about that. After ‘that’ she appeared the American remake of The Grudge and pretty much put herself right back in Buffy territory.. sans the cool. Next she appears in Richard Kelly’s science-fiction thriller, Southland Tales. Again, while an interesting sounding movie and appealing if only because of Richard Kelly’s previous effort (Donnie Darko) it hardly seems like a project that will allow people to see Geller create any real distance between herself and the Buffy character.
From here Geller has no less than seven projects in the works, the latest to be announced is Addicted, yet another supernatural thriller/remake of a foreign film:
A woman’s life is thrown into chaos after a freak car accident sends her husband and brother-in-law into comas. Thrills arrive after the brother-in-law wakes up, thinking he’s his brother.
But, wait! I said she had seven films in the pipelines – right! Surely not all of them can be supernatural-horror-science-fiction-remakey types… right? Of course not… First there’s The Return
Joanna Mills (Gellar), a traveling business woman, begins having nightmares of a murder that occurred 15 years ago. Soon she is drawn to an old farmhouse, where the murder took place.
Erm.. ok, what about the next in line? The Grudge 2.. okay.. after that?
Well, things do go in a more promising direction (for Sarah’s career that is) with the next couple of films set to have more of a romantic twist. But after only two films (The Air I Breathe and The Girls’ Guide to Hunting & Fishing) we’re back to the weird ass stuff again with Happily N’Ever After:
An alliance of evil-doers, led by Frieda (Weaver), looks to take over Fairy Tale Land. But when Ella (Gellar) realizes her stepmother is out to ruin her storybook existence, she takes a dramatic turn and blossoms into the leader of the resistance effort.
Followed by Alice:
Years after her first experience in Wonderland, Alice (Gellar), now a disturbed young woman mourning the death of her parents, returns to the land of talking animals and the wicked Queen of Hearts.
Ok, I have to admit that Alice sounds pretty cool and, if I’m being completely fair it’s not that any of these movies sound particularly bad, in fact Addicted and Southland Tales sounds very cool, but Buffy fans are marking Geller’s choices against the cost of losing the series and while that may not be either fair nor hold any real truth Geller is the one we’re sending the bill… I know, because I speak for everyone!