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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 31 July 1992 (USA)
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Flighty teenage girl Buffy Summers learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires.

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Fran Rubel Kuzui

Writer:

Joss Whedon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristy Swanson ... Buffy
Donald Sutherland ... Merrick
Paul Reubens ... Amilyn
Rutger Hauer ... Lothos
Luke Perry ... Pike
Michele Abrams ... Jennifer
Hilary Swank ... Kimberly
Paris Vaughan ... Nicole 'Nicki'
David Arquette ... Benny
Randall Batinkoff ... Jeffrey
Andrew Lowery Andrew Lowery ... Andy
Sasha Jenson ... Grueller
Stephen Root ... Gary Murray
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Cassandra
Candy Clark ... Buffy's Mom
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Storyline

Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) has the lifestyle any young woman could want. Cheerleading, dating the Captain of the basketball team, and copious amounts of time spent shopping with friends. She had no idea of her true calling until a mysterious man named Merrick (Donald Sutherland) approached her and told her that she is the Slayer; one woman called to defend the world from vampires. Reluctant to concede to the fact, Buffy soon learns that Merrick speaks the truth and so begins to take her new life seriously while trying to maintain the sense of normality her life had once been. With her best friends slowly abandoning her, Buffy finds solace in the town outcast, Pike (Luke Perry), who knows very well the terrors that have arisen. Together, they combat the forces of the old and powerful vampire, Lothos (Rutger Hauer), who has his eyes set on Buffy. Written by Vampire-Sharpshooter

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Sometimes it takes more than just good looks to kill. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for comic vampire violence and drug references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Buffy's "dress" boots for the dance are white hi top boxing boots with strips of white muslin for laces. See more »

Goofs

Wires are visible when Robert Berman flies up out of his grave for the first time. See more »

Quotes

Pike: Look! Air!
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Crazy Credits

Amilyn (Paul Reubens) revives to go through some more death throes. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German TV-version has got a few cuts to get a 'not under 12' rating. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

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I Fought the Law
Written by Sonny Curtis
Produced by Ralph Sall
Performed by Mary's Danish
Courtesy of Morgan Creek Music Group
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Campy movie shows the origins of Buffy
5 February 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie back in 1992 when it was first released, and I thought it was good campy fun, nothing more. When I began watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer the TV series, and saw Joss Whedon's true vision for the story, I realize he must have been furious at how the studio basically rewrote his script. If you are a Buffy fan and you have never seen the movie, it is worthwhile from a historical standpoint to see all of the contrasts.

The movie's Buffy, played by Kristy Swanson, is a tall large girl as opposed to Sarah Michelle Gellar's petite Buffy. In the movie, Buffy's mother is a boozing socialite with little time or patience for Buffy and their family appears affluent, as opposed to TV's all-American middle-class mom Joyce. Also in the movie, all victims of vampires become vampires themselves and when vampires are "staked" they do not turn to dust as they do in the series, but leave behind a pesky corpse. Of course, the watcher who first tells Buffy of her calling is not the Giles of the series, but regardless of that, he does not have any of the characteristics of a watcher as we have come to know them on the series. Also, the lead vampire, played by Rutger Hauer, is not the least bit scary. Instead he is more like a villain out of the equally campy Batman TV series.

There is also no mention of vampires lacking a soul. There are a few moments in the movie, though, that have at least the ring of Whedon's brand of humor. What comes to my mind in that category is after Buffy has staked a large number of teen vampires that have invaded her high school dance, the principal is going around putting detention slips on all of the staked teen vampires' corpses as punishment for disrupting the event. This seems very much like something principal Snyder of Sunnydale high school would have done.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,515,541, 2 August 1992

Gross USA:

$16,624,456

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,624,456
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1.85 : 1
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