So you know, alot of people generally tend not to really know this, but there is a bunch of Hollywood A-Listers who over the years have cut their teeth doing horror movies!
George Clooney (Three Kings) in the late 80s did a a classic horror movie, Return To Horror High (1987). Renee Zellwegger (Bridget Jone’s Diary) was in the last Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie before the brief foray in to the remake world… With the movie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)… And even Katie Holmes (Batman Begins), during her Dawson’s Creek days was in the classic horror/scifi movie, ‘Disturbing Behavior’!
With that said, there is one person that at this point I doubt most people realize had a pretty important role in the creation of the, ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ universe! And even though a lot of people did not like the movie, (I heard Joss Whedon, when he created the TV show made changes to shy away from the movie…)
Even though this movie is one of the forgotten segments in horror and especially in the world of Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Despite being a fucking great film,) is the original Kristy Swanson (Flower’s In The Attic) movie, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)… And Luke Perry’s role in the film helped usher such an important piece of popculture and horror culture in to the world!
Now I will be honest with you guys and say that atleast part of the reason that I have decided to do this now, is because sadly… Mr. Perry has passed away last week.
But never the less, his role in horror and science fiction is pretty much assured… And since most of us remember his role in such TV shows as, ‘Jeremiah’ and the work he did up to his death in the, ‘Riverdale’ franchise… So I thought that I would talk about his time in, ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ a little bit!
Before I begin, let me say this, I have been a huge fan of Luke Perry’s work… I followed his career on Beverly Hills 90210, I watched Jeremiah, and I tried to followed as many of the films as I could catch (The guy was a pretty awesome actor!) , and I tried to followed as many of the films as I could catch (The guy was a pretty awesome actor!)
The movie though for me, that really cemented my interest in his work though was the work he did in the movie, Buffy The Vampire Slayer!
First off, the movie is pretty awesome! I mean it is a, ‘B’ movie… It has a cheesy story about a cheerleader that saves the world with the help of a seemingly immortal watcher… But you know what? You don’t watch movies like that for the intellectual conversation 16 year old valley girls would have with their teachers!
It had an amazeballs cast of soon to be A listers and current (for that time A-Listers), Including: Kirsty Swanson, Donald Sutherland (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers), Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), David Arquette (Scream) and Luke Perry… To name a few!
With that said, this movie was not only one of the first movies that I personally ever saw Luke Perry in, but it was the first horror movie I was allowed to see in the theater when it was first released!
And this movie I personally feel like is what cemented Mr. Perry’s, (bad boy) persona in the 1990s!)
You see, in this movie, Mr. Perry plays, ‘Pike’… A sort of stoner drop out teen, who after being saved by Buffy (Played by: Kristy Swanson) and Merrick (Played by Donald Sutherland), but changes his ways so that he can help Buffy save the world from Buffy’s first, ‘Big Bad’!
Now I am not giving this movie and the role that Luke Perry had in it justice… When you get down to the bottom of this article, you should check out the trailer…
But a couple of the great things about this, is if you were in Hollywood in the early 1990s (which I was,) and you want to see where a ton of the Hollywood A-list of the early – late 90s came from… This movie is just truly amazeballs… And where as I think in some respects roles such as this, and the role that Mr. Perry played on Beverly Hills 90210 probably typecast him a bit… They were great roles that he did pretty amzingly well!
Luke Perry will be missed, but his talent and clear love of the craft will live on in the roles that he played and in the moemories for his friends, his family and the legions of fans he has all over the world!
Please enjoy this small cross section of his work, including his work on Buffy The Vampire Slayer!