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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 31 July 1992 (USA)
A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paris Vaughan ...
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Buffy Summers has the lifestyle any young woman could want. Cheerleading, dating the captain of the basketball team, and copious amounts of time spent shopping with friends. She had no idea of her true calling until a mysterious man named Merrick approached her and told her that she is the Slayer; one woman called to defend the world from vampires. Reluctant to concede to the fact, Buffy soon learns that Merrick speaks the truth and so begins to take her new life seriously while trying to maintain the sense of normality her life had once been. With her best friends slowly abandoning her, Buffy finds solace in the town outcast, Pike, who knows very well the terrors that have arisen. Together, they combat the forces of the old and powerful vampire, Lothos, who has his eyes set on Buffy. Written by Vampire-Sharpshooter

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She knows a sucker when she sees one. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for comic vampire violence and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 July 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buffy, a vámpírok réme  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$16,624,456 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Joss Whedon found Donald Sutherland extremely difficult to be around. Sutherland re-wrote most of his dialogue and scenes, often making the scenes incomprehensible in Whedon's opinion. Whedon praised Sutherland's abilities as an actor, but called his behavior "rude", and Sutherland himself "a dick". See more »


Wires are visible when Robert Berman flies up out of his grave for the first time. See more »


Kimberly: Nice ensemble.
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Crazy Credits

TV interviews with people who were at the dance attacked by vampires. See more »


Referenced in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Bite Me (2005) See more »


Written by Rob Halford
Produced by Rob Halford and Nick Terzo
Performed by Rob Halford
Courtesy of Columbia Records and Alco / East West Records
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User Reviews

Kind of fun.
4 May 2011 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

I have to admit right now that I've never seen the TV series, so I don't know all the differences/improvements and whatever else that was done when the film was translated from the big screen to the small screen.

Why do I bring that up? Because I happen to like this movie as a bit of fun popcorn fluff, but reading the posts and other reviews you'd think some people were expecting a vampire genred "Citizen Kane". But, whatever.

The film is essentially a tongue in cheek vampire film with an action and role reversal twist. There's not much else here. We've got some marquis players in the thing starting with Donald Sutherland as the world weary trainer, Rutger Hauer as the upper crusted monster from Slovak nobility, to TV's then very popular Luke Perry, the guy who plays a little role reversal with Kristy Swanson's character.

It's essentially boy meets girl meets vampires kind of film. It's a bit of a coming of age film where the main characters either evolve and learn to deal with the hardships of real life monsters, or wind up being certifiable.

Beyond that it's just a fun film to watch. There's some adventure, some romance, a few laughs, some horror, and some action. Imagine the cheerleader you had a crush on in high school turning into Rambo for the paranormal. That's pretty much what Buffy's all about.

Pop it in to the old DVD player and enjoy!

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