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Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui
Produced by Howard Rosenman
Written by Joss Whedon
Starring Kristy Swanson
Donald Sutherland
Paul Reubens
with Rutger Hauer
and Luke Perry
Music by Carter Burwell
Cinematography James Hayman
Editing by Jill Savitt
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 31, 1992 (1992-07-31)
Running time 86 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7 million
Gross revenue $16,624,456

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy/horror film about a valley girl cheerleader named Buffy (Kristy Swanson) who learns that it is her fate to hunt vampires. The movie is a parody which plays on the clichés of typical horror films. The film was written by Joss Whedon, who later created the darker and more acclaimed TV series of the same name starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. It was a moderate success at the box office[1] and received mixed reviews from critics.[2]



Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is a stereotypical cheerleader at Hemery High School in Los Angeles. She is a carefree popular girl whose main concerns are shopping and spending time with her friends. While at school one day, she is approached by a man named Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Donald Sutherland). He informs her that she is The Slayer, or chosen one, and he is a Watcher whose duty it is to guide and train her. She initially refuses to believe his claims, but becomes convinced when he is able to describe a recurring dream of hers in great detail. Over the course of her training she becomes friends with Oliver Pike (Luke Perry), whose best friend has recently become a vampire. Oliver becomes the male equivalent of the traditional "damsel in distress", being rescued by Buffy or Merrick on several occasions. However, their relationship eventually grew to romantic.

After several successful outings, Buffy is drawn into conflict with a local vampire king named Lothos (Rutger Hauer), who has killed a number of past Slayers. Lothos eventually kills Merrick as well, giving her the motivation she needs to face him in battle. They eventually clash during the middle of the senior dance at Buffy's high school. Through the use of her own unconventional methods, she is able to defeat Lothos and his minions.


Canon status

Many of the details given in the film differ from the continuity of the later television series. For example, Buffy's history is dissimilar, and both the vampires' and Slayer's abilities are depicted differently. Joss Whedon has also expressed his disapproval with the movie's interpretation of the script[3], stating, "I finally sat down and had written it and somebody had made it into a movie, and I felt like -- well, that's not quite her. It's a start, but it's not quite the girl."[4]

According to the Official Buffy Watcher's Guide, Whedon wrote the pilot to the TV series as a sequel to his original script, which is why the show makes references to things that didn't happen in the movie. In 1999 Dark Horse Comics released a graphic novel adaptation of Whedon's original script under the title, The Origin. Whedon stated: "The Origin comic, though I have issues with it, CAN pretty much be accepted as canonical. They did a cool job of combining the movie script with the series, that was nice, and using the series Merrick and not a certain OTHER thespian who shall remain hated." [5]

VHS and DVD releases

The film was released on VHS in the U.S. in 1992 from Fox Video and re-released in 1995 under the "Twentieth Century Fox Selections" banner from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It was released on DVD in the U.S. in 2001.


The cover of the soundtrack of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The soundtrack was released on July 28, 1992.


Track listing

  1. C+C Music Factory featuring Deborah Cooper and Q-Unique – "Keep It Comin' (Dance Till You Can't Dance No More)"
  2. Dream Warriors – "Man Smart (Woman Smarter)"
  3. Matthew Sweet – "Silent City"
  4. Susanna Hoffs – "We Close Our Eyes" (originally by Oingo Boingo)
  5. Toad the Wet Sprocket – "Little Heaven"
  6. The Divinyls – "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore"
  7. Ozzy Osbourne – "Party with the Animals"
  8. The Cult – "Zap City"
  9. Mary's Danish – "I Fought the Law"
  10. Rob Halford and Pantera – "Light Comes Out of Black"

The soundtrack does not include every song played in the film. Lothos plays the theme from the 2nd part of Schumann's Piano Quintet Es-dur op. 44, and Buffy sings "Feelings" while on one of her early hunts. Other songs not on the soundtrack album include "In The Wind" by War Babies and "Inner Mind" by Eon.


On May 25, 2009, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment were working with Fran Rubel Kuzui and Kaz Kuzui on a re-envisioning or relaunch of the Buffy movie for the big screen. The movie would not be a sequel or prequel to the existing movie or television franchise and Joss Whedon would have no involvement in the project. None of the cast or characters from the television series would be featured. [6]

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 film about a self-absorbed California high school student who learns she's the Chosen One, destined to defend humanity against vampires. The title character and basic concept were carried over to the far more successful TV series.

Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui. Written by Joss Whedon.



  • "Mmm. Wouldn't you guys love me in this?" [holding up a new jacket in front of her]
  • "'Pike' isn't a name. It's a fish."
  • "Does Elvis talk to you?"
  • "What are you doing here? This is a naked place!" [when Merrick approaches her in the girls' locker room]
  • "All I wanna do is graduate from high school, move to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die. Now, that may not sound too exciting to a stone-head like you, but I think it's swell. And then you come along and, and tell me I'm a member of the hairy mole club so you can throw things at me? I don't THINK so!"
    • Collary: All that's missing is marrying Christian Slater...
  • "Do you got any gum?" [during a graveyard stakeout]
  • "I just think it sounds cool, you know? Buyer, buying, to buy..." [about her future career as a 'Buyer']
  • "Great. My secret weapon is PMS."
  • "Does the word 'duh' mean anything to you?"
  • "Sorry about your guitar." [after staking a vampire with a piece of Pike's guitar]
  • "Merrick — you made a joke! Are you okay? I mean, do you wanna lie down? I know it hurts the first time."
  • "Three weeks ago, all I thought about was... well, I didn't actually think about anything."
  • "You broke up with my machine?!
  • "I'm the Chosen One, and I choose to be shopping."
  • "Well, aren't we kung-fu."
  • "Why?It's not in the Book of all Knowledgefulness that i'm going to cheer tomorrow?Lighten up,Merrick"


  • "You do everything wrong!" [after Buffy apologizes] "No....Do it wrong."
  • "There's a small village in Hampshire, near Stonehenge..." [notices Buffy's blank look] "Near a bunch of big rocks. That's where I was born."
  • "All this is a show. And when the music stops, the rest is silence."


  • "I'm leaving, man, I'm bailing town. This place has gotten way too hairy."
  • "Look — air!" [distracting dull-witted vampire henchmen]
  • "I have to fall down now."
  • "I think I'll just hang out here. Make sure the sun comes up and everything."
  • "I don't believe this! The world is under attack by legions of the undead, and you're going to a mixer?!?"
  • "You know, Benny was right? You're all the same. I'm not disappointed, I'm just angry!"
  • "Are YOU addressing I?"
  • [Buffy is lying on top of him after a large leap] "What am I supposed to do, run? These guys are everywhere, and I wanna do some damage. I'm good with damage."
  • [sees Amilyn and Lothos with Buffy] "I know that guy. That is a bad guy. Can we go now?" {when Buffy approaches Lothos] "Does anyone here but me have a problem with this?"
  • "I crashed your party" [Buffy responds, "How shallow."] "Yeah well, I'm pretty shallow. Would I get my ass kicked if I asked you to dance?"


  • "You must forgive Amilyn. He tends to drool before supper."
  • "We can't be stopped. This is our world now."
  • "What are we? We are man, perfected. We exist to consume."
  • "Twelve hundred years old, and you behave like a child! Honestly, I don't know how you made it through the Crusades."
  • "Now I'm really pissed off." [with stake protruding from his chest]


  • "Wanna go for a ride?"
  • "You ruined my new jacket!" [to henchmen] "Kill him a LOT!" [after his left arm has been torn off]
  • "Admit it, Buffy. Don't you sometimes feel... less than fresh?"
  • (When Lothos has one Arm)We're Immortal.We can do anything
  • Buffy:Oh yeah?Clap


  • "Get out of my facial!"
  • "Buffy, what's your sitch? You're acting like the Thing from Another Tax Bracket."


  • [interview after vampire attack]: "They had fangs. They were biting people. They had this look in their eyes — totally cold. Animal. I think they were Young Republicans."

Gary Murray

  • "Don't think of me as Gary Murray, administrator. Think of me as Gary Murray — party guy."
  • "I have detention slips here, and I'm not afraid to use them!" [to horde of vampires attacking the school gym]
  • [dead vampires, with stakes sticking out of their hearts, litter the gym] "Detention, detention, detention...detention, detention, detention. I think that's all of them; no, wait, detention, detention, detention." [drops detention slips on the bodies]
  • "[During the credits]Well,I think the kids learn a lesson about safety.Except the Dead ones.Well,they learned it but didn't have time to implement it. Are we live?

The Coach

  • "Now, what do we say on the court? Repeat after me: 'I am a person. I have a right to the ball'."
  • "Hey, you missed practice again today. I think you better sit down and think about how that made me feel."
  • "Assert your person-hood! Actualize! Actualize!"


  • "Her yabbos scoff at gravity." ~ Benny
  • "Hey, babe, you wanna get some real power between your legs?" ~ Biker
  • "Come on, Pike! Join me! Live forever! We can start a band!" ~ Benny


[Buffy's mom bids farewell to Buffy and her boyfriend.]
Buffy's Mom: Bye-bye, Bobby.
Jeffery: Bye! [to Buffy] She thinks my name's Bobby?
Buffy: It's possible she thinks my name's Bobby.

Buffy: I got a C-plus on the test, and he tells me, "You have no sense of history." I have no sense of history? He wears a brown tie!
Nicole: You got a C-plus? I can't believe I cheated off you.
Buffy: Excuse me for not knowing about El Salvador. Like I'm ever going to Spain anyway.

[Buffy and her friends converse loudly in the movie theater.]
Benny: I can't believe these people. We paid money to see this.
Pike: No, we didn't.
Benny: Oh, yeah. But I still wanna know what happens!
Buffy: Everyone gets horribly killed except the blonde girl in the nightie, who finally kills the monster with a machete. But it's not really dead.
Jennifer: Oh, my God, is that true?
Buffy: Probably. What movie is this?
[Later: Buffy and her friends bump into the same two guys at a cafe.]
Pike: Hey, wait a minute...
Benny: You're the guys from the movie!
Pike: We hate you guys.
Pike:Would you have sex with them?
Benny:Another shot of this, I'll have sex with you
Pike:Yeah but then you'll never call me again

[Benny, now a vampire, is floating outside Pike's window.]
Benny: Let me in, Pike. I'm hungry.
Pike: You're floating! Get outta here!

[Buffy & friends plan a school dance.]
Nicole: Buff, I don't see why we have to invite every senior.
Buffy: Because it's the senior dance? It's just a shot in the dark.

[Buffy just punched Merrick in the face.]
Buffy: Oh, wow. I, I never hit anybody before.
Merrick: Really? Well, you did it perfectly.
Buffy: I didn't even break a nail.

[Pike is preparing to leave town.]
Pike: Seen Benny lately?
Zeph: No. You want me to give him a message?
Pike: You should think about leaving too, man. Sell this place. There's something going on around here... I don't know, something really weird. [turns to leave]
Zeph: Hey — what do you want me to do if I see Benny?
Pike: Run.

[Merrick analyzes Buffy's first solo slaying.]
Merrick: He was slow. Very simple. They won't all be that easy.
Buffy: Fine.
Merrick: And the alley was a mistake. Never corner yourself like that. If they had come at you in force, you'd be dead now. One vampire is a lot easier to kill than ten.
Buffy: Does the word "duh" mean anything to you?

Merrick: None of the other girls gave me this much trouble.
Buffy: And where are they now? Hel-lo-o!
Buffy: I've got something none of the other girls had.
Merrick: And what's that?
Buffy: My keen fashion sense.
Merrick: Oh... vampires of the world, beware.
Buffy:Oh, you made a joke. Do you wanna lie down? I know it hurts the first time

[In the school hallway, one of Jeffery's friends grabs Buffy from behind.]
Andy: Gotta get some!
[Buffy flips him, then jerks him to his feet and pins him against a locker.]
Andy: Whoa, whoa — I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I don't actually need any right now!
Buffy: Don't grab me, okay?
Andy: Absolutely! I now see the error of my mistake.

Merrick: Good Lord. What do you study in History?
Buffy: My nails.

[Pike has just crashed his van fleeing from a group of vampires.]
Buffy: Is this your van?
Pike: [dazed] was. It's... still...
Shambling Vampire: BluaaaaahUGH!

[Buffy arrives at a school dance to find her boyfriend with another girl.]
Jeffery: Didn't you get my message?
Buffy: You broke up with my machine?!
Jeffery: You weren't home. Like always.

[Vampires have surrounded the school gym.]
Buffy: Don't worry. They can't come in here. They can't come in unless they're invited.
Kimberley: I... already invited them.
[Everyone — students and faculty — stares at her.]
Kimberley: They're seniors!

[A vampire ex-student brags to Buffy.]
Buffy: We were friends.
Grueller: Now, I'm a god! [Pike stakes him]
Pike: And now, you're a coat rack.

[Buffy is confronted by the one-armed Amilyn.]
Amilyn: We're immortal, Buffy. We can do anything.
Buffy: Oh, yeah? Clap.

[Buffy faces the vampire lord Lothos.]
Lothos: You and I... are one.
Buffy: One what? Cute couple? I don't think so!
[Buffy brandishes a crucifix.]
Lothos:So this is your defense? Your puny faith? [he grasps the crucifix; it bursts into flame.]
Buffy: No. My keen fashion sense. [she pulls a can of hair spray out of her purse.]

[After the climactic vampire battle, Buffy tends to the fallen Pike.]
Buffy: Are you all right?
Pike: Well... I can't move my legs.
Buffy: Why?
Pike: Because you're sitting on them.
[Buffy helps up an in pain Pike.]
Pike:Wow, did I do all of that?
Pike:(sighing) Did you do all of that?

[Buffy and Pike are dancing.]
Pike: You know... you're not like other girls.
Buffy: Yes, I am. [puts her head on his shoulder]

Pike: C'mon, Lefty, you remember what happened the last time you messed with me.
Amilyn: Yeah, I do. [lifts Pike in the air by shirt collar]
Pike: Shit. [as Amilyn throws him across the parking lot]


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