Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Release Date: July 31st, 1992

DVD Release Date: September 4th, 2001

PG-13 |1 hr 26 min

Plot Summary

For Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson), nothing is the same after she meets Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Donald Sutherland). Merrick tells the teen that he's been sent to train her to fight vampires, and he proves himself by displaying his supernatural powers. Buffy is a quick study, and soon takes fellow student Oliver Pike (Luke Perry) under her wing, repeatedly saving him from fierce bloodsuckers. But, when a very dangerous vampire (Rutger Hauer) gets rambunctious, she must go to war again.

Cast: Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, Michele Abrams, Hilary Swank, Paris Vaughan

Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Mutant Enemy

Keywords: 1990s, Los Angeles, Rivalry, Transformation, Amusing, Spirited, School, Sacrifice

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    Kuzui has imposed a heavily block-lettered feminist message on the movie, suggesting that Buffy discovers her empowerment as a woman by driving huge, phallic stakes through the hearts of her enemies. In this case, having it all means being feminine and bloodthirsty, too. [31 Jul 1992, p.B]

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer should be a mess, but it's not. It's a mini-comic triumph, and although it's technically a teen movie, it's in the tiny genre of sophisticated, darkly funny teen films such as Heathers and Pump Up the Volume. [4 Aug 1992, p.C1]

  • 50
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Buffy, the Vampire Slayer is lightweight and fun -- not great fun, but it has its moments. The high school satire angle is both authentic and good-natured. [31 Jul 1992, p.D1]

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