Buffy the Vampire Slayer [Import]
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.
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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So yes, we now travel way back to the much reviled original movie, which I have not seen since it was in the theatre in 1992. Thanks to the magic of Amazon, a cheap dvd was acquired, and away I went. Now onto my SPOILER FILLED look at this movie.
And wow, this movie sucked. Like, sucked so hard it has its own event horizon. Redeeming qualities are virtually non-existent. I have to wonder why the studio grinded Joss’s vision up, all in order to produce this monstrosity. My guess is that the idiot executives responsible moved on years later and made the Green Lantern film.
The basic plot of Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Movie is that young woman exist all through history and that they are trained by old guys called Watchers, all in order to fight the evil undead. In the present day of 1992, which really feels like some bad 1980′s music video, Buffy is a massively annoying valley girl played by the equally annoying Kristy Swanson. She meets at the mall a creepy looking old man in a flasher trench coat who looks like Donald Sutherland slumming. Into this already crazy mess, Buffy also meets a loser slacker Pike, played by the sleepwalking Luke Perry of 90210 fame. Rutger Hauer and Paul Reubens show up as the villains, namely vampire master and lackey, and cemented my hatred of both actors. Eventually Sutherland convinces Buffy that she is the Slayer and begins a training montage, which culminates with the two bonding, all to evoke awws from us.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This film was unbelievable, no film has given me this feeling of what has long past from my childhood. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E.S smith
i didn't like the storyline but there were some funny parts in it.Published 6 months ago by Tara Pedersen
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 11 2007 by Maurice G. Tousignant
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 morePublished on June 19 2004
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