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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Kristy Swanson , Donald Sutherland , Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, Luke Perry
  • Directors: Fran Rubel Kuzui
  • Writers: Joss Whedon
  • Producers: Fran Rubel Kuzui, Alex Butler, Carol Baum, Dennis Stuart Murphy, Howard Rosenman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LIRA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" on IMDb

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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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143 of 164 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, at least it paved the way for the TV series October 19, 2003
Joss Whedon was so upset with the way things were going on the set of the movie, for which he wrote the screenplay but over which he exercised no artistic control, that he walked off the set. Indeed, this is a very hard movie to watch today after the TV series. I did, in fact, moderately enjoy the movie when it first came out. I actually appreciated and enjoyed the absurd tension contained in the title, an airhead bimbo cheerleader called upon to be her generation's vampire slayer. But viewed today, the movie isn't terribly successful, and is in fact made much worse by the genius of the television series. It isn't just a question of Sarah Michelle Gellar being more appealing in the title role than Kristy Swanson (though SMG's much smaller stature increases the paradox of a tiny girl beating up large, supernaturally strong vampires) or the movie missing all the familiar characters of the show; the movie is almost completely devoid of its own style, look, and feel. Although the TV series started off on a tiny budget, it instantly had a compelling look and visual style that the movie completely lacks. Furthermore, on TV they managed a coolness and hipness that the movie never comes close to. Unfortunately, the series has pretty much reduced the movie to a curio.
Many talk of the movie falling short of Joss Whedon's vision in writing the original script. Actually, overall the plot isn't too terribly different. Buffy doesn't burn down the gym at the end in the movie as Whedon wrote, but while there are many stylistic differences, many of the main plot elements were retained. I find the main difference between the movie and the series to be in the "how" they tell the story rather than the "what" in the story.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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Pity poor Buffy (Kristy Swanson). She just wants to enjoy her life as a cheerleader/Valley girl when some scruffy old guy (Donald Sutherland) shows up and tells her she is "the Chosen One." You cannot believe how being a Vampire Slayer puts a crimp in a young girl's lifestyle. But when vampires (Rutger Hauer & Paul Reubens) are snacking on your classmates, what's a girl to do but grab some stakes and get down to some serious slaying. Fortunately, there is a cute guy (Luke Perry) as a bonus.
For fans of the hit television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the original movie is certainly a mixed bag. The strengths of the film come from Joss Whedon's script, which takes the ...idea of the blonde bimbo being chased by the monster and reverses it so that she end's up kicking the monster's butt. The weaknesses of the film come from director Fran Rubel Kuzui, who plays the whole thing for camp, personified by Paul Reubens over the top turn as "Lefty" and his agonizingly long death scene. But if you listen past the deliver to the actual lines, you can clearly find the foundation for the Buffy character on television.
Donald Sutherland lends a certain amount of weight to the proceedings as Buffy's Watcher, but Rutger Hauer's considerable presence is lost in his campy Vampire King. What looks the most out of place is the fighting style of Kristy Swanson as Buffy, which combines martial arts with gymnastics and cheerleading, which, again, fits more into the camp style of the film. Ultimately the direction overwhelms the promise of the script and we are left with basically a one-joke film that does not get too far off the ground. But if you compare this to the pilot for the television series, you certainly get a better feel for how Joss Whedon refined his vision of the Slayer.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie that takes a beating because of the series January 20, 2007
This movie is funny. Unfortunately, it is dissected by the hardcore Buffy fans that were lured in by their love of the television series, and subsequently bashed.

I liked this movie back in the day, and I still enjoy it. I never watched Buffy the Vampire slayer on TV, so I don't hold a grudge against this movie as its predecessor.

If you watch this movie expecting what you saw on TV, you will be disappointed, but it's unfair to drag this movie into the mud just because it's not the same thing as the TV show.

Overall, it's a funny movie that will give you a few laughs and that you'll enjoy, as long as you don't watch it expecting Buffy from the WB series.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campy Horror At Its Best June 3, 2001
By Josh
As many know, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now a cult hit tv show. This is what started it all. Joss Whedon wrote the script for the movie, but always envisioned it as a tv series. And although his script was tinkered with, for the movie, I think the movie turned out good. Of course, it's campy and cheesy. But that's what makes it good. Kristy Swanson stars as Buffy, she who must rid the world of the forces of darkness. She is guided by Merrick, her watcher, played by Donald Sutherland and a friend, Pike, played by Luke Perry. There are also appearances by the then up & coming David Arquette and Hilary Swank. When Buffy finds out her destiny as the Slayer, she must help Merrick slay a very powerful vampire, played by Rutger Hauer. Of course, chaos ensues, but Buffy saves the day in a final showdown worthy of all the one-liners shot out by Rutger and Kristy. Although the hit show created by Joss is superbly better, the movie still holds it own and will go down as a cult classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWW--Come on--This Predates the Series
Boy, you folks are tough critics. It's too bad you didn't see the movie when it first came out which was by the way before the series.
I really enjoyed this little flick. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sue C. Dees
5.0 out of 5 stars you go girl
what's not to like it has every thing in one movie. It's funny, scary, action packed, and over the top.
Published 2 months ago by Karen L. Egolf
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
My niece is into the TV show, I wanted her to see the movie she liked it but not as much as the TV show, we enjoyed watching it and are very happy.
Published 2 months ago by Neal M. Mcphillips III
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too good
It is amazing that something as good as the TV show came from this silly movie. It would be interesting to know how Joss Weldon developed his vision of the TV show from this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Morris
2.0 out of 5 stars Buffy bites the big one
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... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Taheen Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Buffy Rules
I like this movie. And always have it is a good comedy. This movie rocks and spun off one of the best television shows ever made
Published 2 months ago by PeteRal2012
4.0 out of 5 stars Ripped Case, but the disc is in good condition.
I got it in the mail about a week later, it was in good condition but the case was in bad condition. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Good condition
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic movie.
I am a big fan of this movie. This is the movie that kicked off the series and yes it is cheesy but that is what is so classic about it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karmadog1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Movie is a bit cheesy but a great intro to the Buffy series. Definitely worth spending a few dollars on and the blurry quality was great.
Published 6 months ago by Ploverlover
2.0 out of 5 stars The Show is Better
I hadnt seen this in years and was a fan of the show...after watching the movie again it kind of sucked. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tony
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