(...) With an open mind, I watched the film, and this is what I saw. Buffy Summers is your average 80's child. "Like" is her most frequently heard figure of speech, fashion is everything, and shopping is life. One day she meets a mysterious old man who tells her she is the Slayer, a girl chosen in each generation to battle the forces of the undead (a.k.a. vampires). At first, Buffy hesitates to believe this, but soon, she finds that she can not escape her destiny as a cheerleader. Merrick soon changes her mind, however, and she becomes a (...) blond. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is, as entertainment genius Joss Whedon has said, the product of "way too much time on my hands". Whedon's genius had not yet begun to show when this film was written, so those of you expecting a film resembling Whedon's later work will be disappointed. Kristy Swanson as Buffy is great for this film, but can't compare with Sarah Michelle Gellar for (...) perfection. Sutherland is terrific; Beverly Hills 90210's Luke Perry is fine; and Rutger Hauer makes a perfect king for the vampires. The film's true highlight, I suppose, would be the soundtrack, which was great for the times. Other than that,it is somewhat entertaining, but it's also cheesy and dull compared to the television show that followed. I'm afraid you just can't get through this film without making comparisons to the TV show.All in all, I would say the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is for fans of the shows only. Horror buffs may find some slight interest in the film, but not many other people will.
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