Marti Noxon is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. She has written for such acclaimed television series as Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, Glee, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She’s also the writer behind the recent flicks Fright Night and I Am Number Four. IMDB has listed her among the Top 20 Writers of the Past 20 Years — one of only four women on the list.
I definitely am drawn more to the darker side of things. The things I’m definitely drawn to are more melodramatic, and that’s OK – we all have our favourites. It takes me a long time to write a good joke.
Many, many films kept me up at night as a child, not the least of which was Soylent Green (1973) half-viewed from under our backseat at a drive-in theater. ‘Soylent Green is people!’ was seared into my young mind, and I still think of it when faced with an unidentifiable food product. But I recall only two movies that have kept me awake as an adult: The Exorcist (1973) and The Blair Witch Project (1999). Both stay really grounded in characters we like and relate to while delving into a supernatural world. Their helplessness and human failings in the face of something truly malevolent gets under my skin every time. And “The Exorcist” remains one of the most visually creepy films around. Those flashes of demonic faces, the suffocating fog. It’s brilliant.