Saturday, May 7, 2011

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Horror comedy, USA, 1992; D: Fran Rubel Kuzui, S: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, Rutger Hauer, Paul Reubens, Hilary Swank

South California. Buffy is a popular high school girl with a lot of empty friends who often go shopping with her. Her boyfriend Jeffrey is just a "decoration". Her routine tilts when she meets the enigmatic Merrick who explains her that she was born to fight against vampires. He demonstrates that when two vampires emerge from a grave. Her main enemy is Lothos, while her main ally is rebellious Pike, who becomes her new boyfriend. Lothos kills Merrick and attack students at prom night, but Buffy manages to finish him off.

Few people believed that screenwriter Joss Whedon, after failure of his movie "Buffy - The Vampire Slayer", would subsequently triumph with the later TV show with the same title and identical concept, which became a global success. The "Buffy" show had a few genius episodes, like the one shaped like a musical or the one where due to a "curse" the unpopular Xavier turns into the most popular person in the city, yet this movie is not that bad either. True, the story lacks dynamics, Donald Sutherland seems incredibly absent from the story whereas there are too many confusing-illogical situations (bad guy Lothos has at least four opportunities to finish off the main heroine, but always let's her escape), but occasionally a touch of inspirational flair can be sensed: the choreography of cheerleaders is excellent, the scene where Merrick and Buffy wait for hours until a vampire rises from a grave is amusing, Luke Perry is fun while some "hidden" jokes are wonderful (the principle distributes detention papers to dead vampire students).


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