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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Kristy Swanson , Donald Sutherland , Fran Rubel Kuzui    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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Fran Rubel Kuzui's 1992 tongue-in-cheek vampire comedy is sugarcoated horror, an unusual mix of the cute and scary, with a splash of postmodern pop nonsense to give culture critics something to think about. Kristy Swanson plays a Valley Girl who learns she belongs to a line of ancient vampire killers. After training under the watchful eye of a mentor (Donald Sutherland), she becomes a spandex-wearing, kung-fu kicking, stake-stabbing babe and the mortal enemy of a narcissistic master vampire (Rutger Hauer). The accent is all on cheery attitude, though the action can be as authentically unnerving as any other halfway decent monster movie. Paul Reubens, formerly Pee-wee Herman, has a small role as Hauer's fanged familiar. --Tom Keogh

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Blonde, bouncy Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is your typical high school cheerleader-- her goal is to "marry Christian Slater and die" and nothing gets in her way when it's time to shop. But all that changes when a strange man (Donald Sutherland) informs her she's been chosen by fate to kill vampires. With the help of a romantic rebel (Luke Perry), Buffy is soon spending school nights protecting L.A. from Lothos, the Vampire King (Rutger Hauer), his sidekick. Lefty (Paul Ruebens) and their determined gang of bloodsuckers. It's everything you'd expect from a teen queen in the Valley.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not the TV Series, Thank God Feb. 22 2004
This was simply an excellently done movie, for it's genre. We're not talking Citizen Kane or Bridge over the River Kwai, of course- but it's not trying to be that. It's just fun, and incredibly witty. One of the best comedies I've ever seen, revealing of the drive for materialism verses things that really matter, full of Christological and soteriological allegory. Later on there was a TV series by the same name, that took the kernel of the idea and twisted it, taking something humorous and making it dark, new-agey, and frankly weird. This original movie has little in it to offend, unless, of course, you're a vampire. It's very vampirist.
Buffy cares only for herself, learning the values of the American Me Generation. Until she learns that she has been chosen for something far greater, and that there are things of far more import in this world than wearing what is retro, and avoiding what is five minutes ago. While hopefully the viewer finds humor throughout the movie, they also can be challenged to reevaluate who they are, and what they consider life to be. The unexamined life is not worth living- but neither is the unlived life. Does not the best of humor point to something beyond? Does it not call us to be something more than we are? This movie does that.
The writing is excellent, the acting good- especially by Donald Sutherland and Peewee Herman. If you rent it, you'll enjoy it. I'd stake my life on it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Colourful, Cheerful Fun Jan. 18 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
For me, this movie has always been in the guilty pleasure category. I've always been a fan of goofy, campy movies--I just plain loved "Buffy". No, it ain't Oscar material, but who cares? It's not supposed to be taken seriously. When I heard about the "Buffy" series way back when, I was thrilled--until I saw the first couple of episodes. I didn't care for the darkness of it, the inconsistencies from the movie...Sorry Joss!! Now, of course, after being an obsessed fan of the series since season 3, I'm sort of vaguely ashamed of the way I initially rejected it. But I still enjoy the film, as different as it is. Kristy Swanson's athletic training sequences and fight scenes are pretty good--better than season one Sarah Michelle Gellar. And Luke Perry is just plain cute. This movie should never be viewed in context with the series. That way leads to letdowns and hurt feelings. The movie is bouncy, quirky, delightful, zany fun. My only real problem is that Donald Sutherland comes off a bit creepy--not in a good way. What's with the trenchcoat, hat and gloves in every single scene? He's no Giles. But there I am comparing. Oh, well, I still like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it! May 19 2004
I have had this movie for years and just watched it again last Sunday. I think its funny and campy the way it is supposed to be. Sure it doesn't compare to the TV show but its still fun. I love Kristy Swanson. She was the perfect answer to the 80's backlash. She wouldn't have worked in the more serious TV show (besides I could never live without Sarah Michelle's portrayal) but I adore her none the less. And surprisngly, Buffy and Pike (Luke Perry) were wonderful together. I want to see more Buffy stuff. BUFFY FOREVER!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stake it! April 10 2004
Don't tread on Buffy. She may look like your average valley girl, mallrat, gum chewing, fashion expert. But she's got what it takes to slay vampires like nobody's business. And now that her guide Merrick has finally found her- it's time to do some real damage. Because right as she speaks, and speaks, and speaks some more, the evil Lothos and his right hand henchman Pee Wee Herman (I couldn't resist) are massing an army of undead bloodsuckers to... I don't know- bite people and wreak havoc.
The plot is a little thin, and sad, but the actors do a totally rad job of not depressing the audience just because they're too damn old to be in High School. The effects are mostly physical and a bit stiffly choreographed considering that 90% of all the vamps come off as disposable stunt-persons. That's my one major beef with the movie. That the baddies aren't very convincing. That Buffy's ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend can make out in a parked car, with the top down, less than 6 feet away from snarling, clawing vampires on either side of the lot fence, and not even notice... Yeah, like I said, thin on plot.
What it's rich in, however, is character development. And not quite like on that stupid TV show either. When actors in this movie are being snooty and quippy, they give it all they've got. And that's worth something, in the name of satire. On TV, it's just annoying. Buffy undergoes a certain transformation. She realizes that she is too good to devalue herself by hanging out with a group of sheepish friends who are slaves to popular trends, and don't really care about anything. She learns some very valuable lessons, and comes out fighting all the way. Granted, the extent of the circumstances she faces are slim.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buffy, Un-Vamped April 4 2004
(...) With an open mind, I watched the film, and this is what I saw. Buffy Summers is your average 80's child. "Like" is her most frequently heard figure of speech, fashion is everything, and shopping is life. One day she meets a mysterious old man who tells her she is the Slayer, a girl chosen in each generation to battle the forces of the undead (a.k.a. vampires). At first, Buffy hesitates to believe this, but soon, she finds that she can not escape her destiny as a cheerleader. Merrick soon changes her mind, however, and she becomes a (...) blond. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is, as entertainment genius Joss Whedon has said, the product of "way too much time on my hands". Whedon's genius had not yet begun to show when this film was written, so those of you expecting a film resembling Whedon's later work will be disappointed. Kristy Swanson as Buffy is great for this film, but can't compare with Sarah Michelle Gellar for (...) perfection. Sutherland is terrific; Beverly Hills 90210's Luke Perry is fine; and Rutger Hauer makes a perfect
king for the vampires. The film's true highlight, I suppose, would be the soundtrack, which was great for the times. Other than that,it is somewhat entertaining, but it's also cheesy and dull compared to the television show that followed. I'm
afraid you just can't get through this film without making comparisons to the TV show.All in all, I would say the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is for fans of the shows only. Horror buffs may find some slight interest in the film, but not many other people will.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scoop Survives Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Movie
So as part of My Year of Buffy mission, my completest OCD Geek gene kicked in right away and the power of Joss compelled me to start at the beginning. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Scoopriches
4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful who you invite in
If you have a pesky mole you may be marked for destiny.

Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is the end of a long line of failed vampire slayers. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bernie
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not stand the test of time, much better in my memory
I remembered this fondly as a great campy movie with the best death scene ever. Watching it now, I realize I saw this a long time ago and my memory of it is better then the... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2007 by Maurice G. Tousignant
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and true Buffy!
I can't really say it's better than the show, for I haven't watched the show. The only info I've heard is from friends and family. Read more
Published on June 19 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars The Bad Buffy
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is definetly not as successful as it's counterpart T.V. series but it served up a pretty well rounded story.The characters were fairly likeable. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good, But Still Original
It's easy to bag out Kristy Swanson in the role of Buffy after many years of watching Sarah M Gellar, but you have to admit that the girl had talent, looks & the physical... Read more
Published on May 29 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing too horrible
Published on May 21 2004 by Kyle Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the show
Buffy, the TV series, is nothing to the original movie. Yes, the series has better effects. Yes, it's acting is generally better. Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Erela
2.0 out of 5 stars Buffy the (Boring) movie
We are far away from the smart and successful TV show in this lackluster movie. 16 year old valley girl and cheerleader Buffy (no last name) has dreams of past lives, and monsters... Read more
Published on April 14 2004 by Vagabond77
5.0 out of 5 stars BUFFY ROCKS!!!!!
This movie is really good for its time considering that it came out before the show Buffy. They didn't have the technology to dust the vampires which is why they just lay on the... Read more
Published on April 3 2004
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