Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Ah... the movie that started it all.

Buffy is just your ordinary 90's valley-girl... vain, vapid and completely self-absorbed. However, her world is turned upside-down when she discovers she is the "Slayer" - a chosen one born once every generation, destined to do battle with demons, vampires and the forces of darkness.

I'll admit 1992's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" does supply some kitschy laughs and has a likable cast. There are some fleeting flashes of genius in the writing and a number of jokes do land well. And Paul Reubens is especially memorable in a supporting role as one of the vampire adversaries.

However, there's a reason this movie has been more-or-less forgotten while the television show that followed remains a beloved cult-hit. And it mainly comes down to the execution. The movie has a lot of great ideas, and you get a sense of what creator Joss Whedon was going for - but the direction, the editing, the tone, the humor... it's all over the place and feels very unfocused. Director Fran Rubel Kuzui, along with many of the others involved, just don't seem to understand the appeal of the material. There have been plenty of horror stories about how the film was being re-written on-set, and how much it deviated from Whedon's intentions... and you can definitely tell watching it. It's a very messy movie.

Thanks to its cast and a few effective moments, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" does have some minor value, even though it is a bad film from an objective standpoint. I could definitely see it being a guilty pleasure for certain audiences. Especially those who grew up in the 90's. Just go in knowing it's not very good.

I'm giving it a sub-par (but still watchable) 2 out of 5.


Continuity mistake: When Buffy is out shopping for her dress and Pike is on his bike beside her, they stop to talk and have an argument. Buffy walks off and Pike turns his bike around to drive off, but as he does this, his bike suddenly moves a few feet away from the wall he was right next to in the previous shot. (01:01:05)

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Trivia: Buffy's surname is never mentioned in the film. It didn't become "Summers" until the TV series aired.

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Question: Can someone please explain what the whole deal was with the "The music stops" dialogue? I don't understand what it had to do with Lothose, and as to why he never killed her (despite her just sitting there on his lap while he talked)?


Chosen answer: If she listened to the silence (didn't pay attention to what Lothos was saying), then she would be able to ignore what gave him the ability to put her in a trance, and she could then put up a good fight. As to why he didn't kill her when she was just sitting there: for some reason bad guys always have to have the last word (explaining their scheme, what-have-you). Chalk it up to Bad Guy Stupidity.

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