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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)



Critic Consensus: Buffy the Vampire Slayer's supernatural coming of age tale is let down by poor directing and even poorer plotting -- though Kristy Swanson and Paul Reubens' game performances still manage to slay.

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In this hip horror comedy, a perky Valley Girl's life becomes like totally messed when she finds out that she is next in a long line of vampire slayers. To make it worse, the old dude who tells her of her destiny then tells her that a whole nest of vampires is living in LA and she is the only one who can stop them. Unfortunately, the two lead vampires have found her and are now proceeding to turn everyone in her high school into blood-suckers too.

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Hilary Swank
as Kimberly
Sasha Jenson
as Grueller
Stephen Root
as Gary Murray
Candy Clark
as Buffy's Mom
James Paradise
as Buffy's Dad
Liz Smith
as Reporter
Paul M. Lane
as Robert Berman
Toby Holguin
as Vampire Fan
Eurlyne Epper
as Graveyard Woman
Paul Lane
as Robert Berman
Andre Warren
as Newscaster
Erika Dittner
as Cheerleader
Rick Logan
as Bloody Student
J.C. Cole
as Biker
Tony Maxwell
as Student
Tarra Greenhut
as Female Student
Michael S. Kopelow
as Timid Student
Jaime Seibert
as Deep Student
Ricky Dean Logan
as Bloody Student
Robert Anthony Haynes
as Unidentified Schoolboy
Ricki Lake
as Charlotte (uncredited)
Amanda Anka
as Vampire
Ben Affleck
as Basketball Player
Chino Binamo
as Vampire
Al Goto
as Vampire
Mike Johnson
as Vampire
Chi-Muoi Lo
as Vampire
Kenny Sacha
as Vampire
Ben R. Scott
as Vampire
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Critic Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (16)

While it would be a mistake to oversell "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the sad and/or happy truth is that you could do worse on a warm summer night. A lot worse.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The idea of mixing vampires and modern teens has, of course, been tried before... But it has never been done with so much sophistication - yes, sophistication.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

''Buffy'' shuffles through a number of styles and approaches, from the satirical to the Grand Guignolesque, but never treats its material with much respect.

March 26, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Though the idea of pitting ancient European evil against modern Californian idiocy at the script conferences must have screamed High Concept, the result is pitiful.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

"Does the word duh mean anything to you?" It does to director Fran Rubel Kuzui, whose frenzied mistrust of her material is almost total.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

As a comedy, "Buffy" is a horror show, and vice versa.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer


The best thing is that Joss Whedon's cult TV show is infinitely better than this cheesy and poorly-directed (non-canonical) movie that leaves out nearly all of the best parts of the script (which is not even that good) and has basically only Kristy Swanson's charisma to commend.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

It's amazing how we now have two interpretations of the same material and can look back at how phenomenal the TV show and awful the movie still are. BtVS the film covers the same material as the show about a popular, superficial cheerleader who is chosen to defend the world against vampires. But its attempts at tongue in cheek humour are way too forced. The vampires' make up and costumes are cringe-worthy bad. Even the sound is terrible as some scenes have a noticeable echo in the dialogue despite the characters being in a car with the windows rolled up. No actor seems connected to the material. It was clearly a paycheck for Donald Sutherland and Luke Perry where Kristy Swanson and her co-stars seem happy that they're in a movie. The themes of an ordinary girl changing under extraordinary circumstances or the metaphor of the vampires as symbolic of teenage anxieties are there but left unexplored. There is nothing good about the BtVS film and anyone curious about it should stay far away less it taint their perception of the TV series.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Have upped my original rating a star. This was actually a bad movie, but it is so kitschy and 90's I found I really quite enjoyed seeing it again. It is, of course, a silly little movie and best treated as nothing to do with the excellent tv series. Good fun, though.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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