BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
Release Date: July 31, 1992
Starring: Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry,
Donald Sutherland, Paul
Rubens, & Rutger Hauer
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 min.
Distributor: Twentieth Century
Director: Fran Rubel Kuzui
Producer: Joss Whedon
Writer: Sandy Gallin, Carol Baum, and
Fran Rubel Kuzui
Address Comments To:
(L, VV, O, Ab) 5 obscenities & 2 profanities; martial-arts violence, stakes through chests & vampire electrocuted; vampirism & reincarnation; and, unbiblical concept of "slayer" with "the mark of the coven" who is "chosen" to terminate vampires & Merick states he will go to Heaven when the vampires are destroyed, establishing an unbiblical idea of salvation.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is the story of a vacuous Valley girl who finds out that she is a "slayer"; a woman who possesses "the mark of the coven" and whose destiny is to kill vampires. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is short on blood, gore and sex, but the occultic vampire premise combined with negative characterizations of adults makes the movie unacceptable.
Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is a vacuous, mall-crawling valley girl. However, a centuries-old man named Merick (Donald Sutherland) tells Buffy that she is the "chosen one", having "the mark of the coven", and under Merick's training, she is transformed into BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. It seems that a particularly persistent bloodsucker named Lothos (Rutger Hauer) and his sidekick (Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Rubens) have staked out suburban L.A. as their new territory. Merick has appeared to awaken Buffy's latent paranormal skills and coach her in battle against the vampires. They are joined by a scruffy drop-out auto mechanic named Pike (Luke Perry). Thus, Buffy is drawn into a final showdown at the Senior Prom.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is mercifully short on blood and gore, compared to other vampire comedies. Most of the action consists of martial arts, backflips and wooden stakes being driven through vampires. Regrettably, the movie involves reincarnation and the vampire premise itself--an unspeakable evil and a perversion. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER also offers negative characterizations of adults. In fact, the film is merely another stereotypical teen flick, only a little short on profanity, violence, and immorality.