As yesterday’s blog post for my “Six Worst Draculas” countdown proved, the year 2000 wasn’t a good one for the king of the vampires. Believe it or not, it got worse. For the number four worst Dracula on my list, we’re leaving the cinema behind for the small screen.
#4 Rudolf Martin from Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Much as I love the television series Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, I’m willing to admit the show wasn’t always so great. One of the shows biggest sins was born in the premiere of season five in an episode simply titled “Buffy vs. Dracula.” Perhaps the most baffling thing was how the show tried to play up Dracula’s sex appeal (what was it with the vampire viewing public that year???), but then proceeded to do everything possible to make actor Rudolf Martin look terrible. He’s not a bad-looking guy, after all, but they must have put a two-inch layer of makeup on him. Bad as the makeup was, don’t get me started on the hair (seriously… what the heck were they thinking?).
On a message board discussing this episode, at least one person pointed out that for a television show like Buffy to do justice to a villain like Dracula, he needed to show up in a storyline that ran more than a single episode. I have to agree. Trying to use Dracula at all was rather bold, but this interpretation misses the mark. Part of what bothered me with this version of Dracula was how the show broke a lot of its rules regarding vampires to make Dracula more impressive. I think they could have made him just as threatening without giving him a power set none of the vampires demonstrated prior to or after this episode.
It’s a pity this Dracula didn’t turn out better, because Rudolf did a nice job in the part. He brought a lot of swagger to his Dracula that most miss. He was a badass, and Dracula should be. The best part of this episode didn’t even belong to Dracula but to Spike who dismisses the big bad by saying Dracula was a ponce who owed him £11.
This isn’t the first time I’ve featured this version of Dracula on my blog. I first discussed some of the issues I had with this version of Dracula in a Fangs God It’s Friday from September of last year.
Return tomorrow for the number three Dracula in my countdown, and this Dracula went on to become a real hothead.