Monday, August 6, 2012

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Number Rolled: 18
Movie Name/Year: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Length: 85 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui
Writer: Joss Whedon
Actors: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, Hilary Swank, David Arquette, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Liz Smith, Thomas Jane, Stephen Root

Who hasn’t seen at least one episode of the Buffy the Vampire series? Maybe you didn’t like it. Maybe you did. But my bet? You’ve seen at least one episode. After watching Sarah Michelle Geller kick Vampire ass for seven seasons with David Boreanaz spinning off into Angel for five seasons, it’s easy to forget that the storyline saw its birth in this simple early 90’s movie. Back when Ben Affleck was un-credited and played lowly Basketball Player #10 and Seth Green was just some random extra vampire.

Remember that first episode of Buffy, when she moves to Sunnydale and the show talks of a mishap at her old school that got her expelled? Yeah. This movie shows you the start. The TRUE start of Buffy’s story. Forget the hell-mouth and enter in to a high school kid’s life. Wandering the mall with her empty-headed cheerleader friends and causing un-chaperoned mischief with her basketball team boyfriend. She’s not much different than most of the popular girls at that time. Suddenly her watcher shows up (Merrick, the one before Giles) and her life is flipped upside down. This is when she learns she is the Slayer.

I saw this movie long before the series came on air, and loved it. After having seen the entire series? I still love it. But the trick is to remember that THIS movie came FIRST. The series came from the movie and not vice-versa. Looking at the character, Buffy, from the final season, she’s drastically different from the Buffy you see in this movie. However, the Buffy from the first episode of the first season was similar. Try not to think of all the growth the character went through and remember that this was where is all began…

Overall Opinion – 4/5

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