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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Movie

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 comedy film about a "Valley Girl" cheerleader (Kristy Swanson) chosen by fate to fight and kill vampires. The film is a light parody which plays on the clichés of typical horror movies. The film also led to a much more popular TV series of the same name, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, which was created and executive produced by screenwriter Joss Whedon. Whedon often detailed how the TV series was a much closer rendering of his vision than the movie, which was compromised by commercial concerns and differences in interpretation. Though the film is now considered a relatively minor chapter in the broader Buffy legacy, it was moderately successful and generally well received at the time of its release.

Cast

rest of cast listed alphabetically:

  • Ben Affleck... Basketball Player #10 (uncredited)
  • Alexis Arquette... Vampire DJ (uncredited)
  • Bryan Goeres... Basketball Player (uncredited)
  • Ricki Lake... Charlotte (uncredited)
  • Paul Pesco... Vampire (uncredited)
  • Ben Schneider... Teacher Pouring Punch at Dance (uncredited)
  • Seth Green as an Unidentified vampire (uncredited)

Synopsis

In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.

Blonde, bouncy Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) is your typical popular cheerleader at Hemery High School in Los Angeles - her goal is to "marry Christian Slater and die". She is a care-free, popular girl, whose main concerns are shopping and spending time with her friends. But all that changes when she is approached by a strange man named Merrick, who informs her that she is The Slayer who has been chosen by fate to kill the vampires. Acting as her Watcher, he has been sent to train and guide her. At first she refuses to accept her duties, but eventually sees that he is right and that there is no other way. She admits that she has dreams of past Slayers and reluctantly acknowledges that she is the Chosen One. She runs into Pike (Luke Perry), who is seen as a loser in her school. He becomes the male version of the "damsel in distress", being rescued by Buffy many times.

After brief training, she is drawn into conflict with a local vampire king called Lothos (Rutger Hauer), who has killed a number of past Slayers, his sidekick, "Lefty" Amilyn (Paul Reubens), and their determined gang of bloodsuckers. Lothos kills Merrick, giving Buffy the motivation she needs. In a climactic battle set at the senior dance in her high school, Buffy defeats Lothos and his minions by being true to her own contemporary style and ignoring the conventions and limitations of previous Slayers.

Original Script

See Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film)/Original Script

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Behind the Scenes

  • Contrary to popular belief Buffy does not burn down the gym at the climax of the film. That element existed in Joss Whedon's original script but was not incorporated into the final production. In the Buffyverse it is his script, not the film, that is considered canon; thus the references in the television program to Buffy having burnt it down. 
  • Pike, despite being a major character in the film, never appears in the TV series, nor is he even mentioned. He does however return in the Buffy comics.
  • Besides Buffy herself, characters from the film who do go on to appear in the TV series include Merrick, who appears in a flashback in "Becoming," and Buffy's Mom (Candy Clark) & Dad (James Paradise), who both remain nameless in the film. Buffy's surname is never referred to in the film.
  • Seth Green appeared as a vampire in a deleted scene which nonetheless featured on the original video cover. Along with Chi Muoi Lo, he is one of only two actors to appear in both the film and the television series.
  • Ben Affleck and Ricki Lake appear in uncredited cameo roles as Basketball Player #10 and Charlotte, respectively (Affleck is the player who surrenders the ball to Greuller). Ben Affleck will later go on to make a cameo in the Angel episode 'Double or Nothing' as one of the diners in the cafe where Fred and Gunn argue.
  • In the Buffy movie Buffy defines her life goals as 'Graduate, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater and die'. Through the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel TV shows she achieves three out of four.
  • If the 'Normal Again alternative' (that Buffy really is a mad girl in an asylum and being the Slayer is all in her head) is true then her delusion starts when she 'meets' Merrick at the mall in the Buffy movie and ends 7 years later when Asylum Buffy regains her sanity again at the end of 'Chosen'.
  • There are numerous differences in the mythology of the movie and the subsequent series. Vampires in the movie cannot transform into 'vamp-face', can fly or at least levitate and do not crumble into dust when killed. Buffy's ability to detect vampires gives her cramps and each Slayer has a distinctive birthmark, neither of which feature in the series. Merrick refers to being reincarnated but this seems to be unique to him as it is never referred to by other Watchers.    
  • In the course of the film Buffy slays 15 vampires. 'Robert Berman' has the dubious distinction of being her first ever vamp kill.
  • Danny Strong is the screenwriter of the last two Hunger Games films, in which Donald Sutherland has a role.

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