Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Buffy and her friends encounter a powerful vampire bent on opening a portal to a dimension inhabited by demons.


John T. Kretchmer


Joss Whedon (created by), Joss Whedon | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter ... Cordelia Chase
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Mark Metcalf ... The Master
Brian Thompson ... Luke
David Boreanaz ... Angel
Ken Lerner ... Principal Bob Flutie
Kristine Sutherland ... Joyce Summers
Julie Benz ... Darla
Eric Balfour ... Jesse
Mercedes McNab ... Harmony Kendall
Jeffrey Steven Smith Jeffrey Steven Smith ... Guy in Comp. Class
Teddy Lane Jr. ... Bouncer


At night in the cemetery, Buffy saves Xander and Willow from vampires, later Giles explains their race descends from primeval demons. Meanwhile the vampires bring Jesse as offering to their master as the hell-mouth, before his ascension and 'harvest', but hearing about a slayer he rather keeps Jesse alive as chained bait for her. Buffy realizes the mausoleum must be the entry, and meets Angel again there; she enters alone- but Xander catches up, determined to help his mate. Giles reads up on the harvest. Jesse turns out to be a vampire already, but the heroes escape into safe sunlight. The master anoints vampire Luke as his killing, soul-devouring vessel. Xander guesses right Jesse will still go to the Bronze, the town's single cool club, like normal school-kids, and so does the whole vampire gang before Buffy's... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

10 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Scooby Gang is formed in this episode. See more »


When Jesse gets staked, the stake goes in closer to his collarbone than his heart. See more »


Cordelia Chase: Well, what does the book say?
[as Harmony looks it up]
Cordelia Chase: So anyway, I come out of the bathroom and she comes running at me with a stick, screaming, "I'm gonna kill you! I'm gonna kill you!" I swear.
Guy in Comp. Class: [leaning in] Who?
Cordelia Chase: Buffy.
Harmony Kendall: The new girl.
Guy in Comp. Class: What's her deal?
Cordelia Chase: She's crazed.
Harmony Kendall: Did you hear about her old school? Booted.
Cordelia Chase: I exhibit no surprise.
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References Animal House (1978) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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The Harvest
17 September 2016 | by RealrockerhalloweenSee all my reviews

A great follow up to the premiere that shows you can't keep a good girl down as Buffy tries to stop the Master's plans. Now its Buffy and her friends against an unearthly threat as they must stop a ritual only known as the harvest. Mark Metcalf & Eric Balfour both gave great performance as beings who are real threats ranging from menacing, seductive and giving viewers the chills. The rest of the caste varies as they are still getting use to each other or finding their footing and don't come off as genuine quite yet. The atmosphere adds to the creepy vibe they gave off with the low lighting, shadows and if I'm not mistaken a super eight camera to give the film a hazy unsettling picture. The special effects for the face makeup was impressive for such a low budget and very original as they look how I imagine from legends instead of handsome Dracula, but a demon returned from The grave to terrorize the living.

The music sounds creepy, almost ancient in nature showing how perilous the situation they find themselves in really is and how dangerous the creatures of the night they're facing are.

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