1992 *** 85 mins.
I've never been a fan of the long-running television series that bears the same title as this cult classic from 1992. Scripted by Joss Whedon, who would go on to create the television series out of his distaste for how his story was handled here, Buffy the Vampire Slayer tells the story of a high school cheerleader who learns she's one of along line of "slayers," chosen ones who are destined to rid the world of vampires. The character change that this Buffy goes through is far more interesting to me than anything Sarah Michelle Gellar did in the series, and this film has a bubbly charm that the television series sorely lacked. I know I'm in the persecuted minority on this one, but hey, it's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it! A major highlight of the film is Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman), and his hilarious, improvised death scene.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated PG-13 for comic vampire violence and drug references.
Fran Rubel Kuzui