SOMETIMES IT TAKES MORE THAN JUST GOOD LOOKS TO KILL.
Empty-headed high-school cheerleader Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) learns that it is part of her destiny to slay vampires. Joss Whedon probably realized that the original script he had written was better than this movie; five years later he would create a superior TV adaptation that would run for seven seasons. The basic premise is still entertaining enough in this film (in spite of its dull teen intrigues) and it is somewhat boosted by the performances of Swanson and Paul Reubens and Rutger Hauer as a couple of campy bloodsuckers.
1992-U.S. 86 min. Color. Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui. Screenplay: Joss Whedon. Cast: Kristy Swanson (Buffy Summers), Donald Sutherland (Merrick Jamison-Smythe), Paul Reubens (Amilyn), Rutger Hauer, Luke Perry, Michele Abrams… Hilary Swank, David Arquette, Thomas Jane, Ben Affleck. Cameo: Ricki Lake.
Trivia: Swank’s debut; Affleck’s part is so small that he’s uncredited.