History Film / BuffyTheVampireSlayer

13th Mar '16 7:36:32 AM PaulA
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* VampiresAreSexGods: Lothos, who tries to woo Buffy like this, if not for Merrick and his training, he likely would've suceeded. A brief throwawy scene (after Buffy fights the vampires outside of prom) show's AlphaBitch Jennifer likewise making out with one in the back of a car. Course considering we don't see her for the rest of the movie, pretty likely she wound up undead.

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* VampiresAreSexGods: Lothos, who tries to woo Buffy like this, if not for Merrick and his training, he likely would've suceeded. A brief throwawy scene (after Buffy fights the vampires outside of prom) show's AlphaBitch Jennifer likewise making out with one in the back of a car. Course considering we don't see her for the rest of the movie, pretty likely she wound up undead.
13th Mar '16 7:34:20 AM PaulA
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* ActionMovieQuietDramaScene: After Buffy stakes the vampire in the alleyway, she and Merrick have a conversation where he opens up about what it's like to have to train a Slayer and then send her out to face the vampires, over and over down the centuries.

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* ActionMovieQuietDramaScene: ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: After Buffy stakes the vampire in the alleyway, she and Merrick have a conversation where he opens up about what it's like to have to train a Slayer and then send her out to face the vampires, over and over down the centuries.
13th Mar '16 7:33:48 AM PaulA
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* AGodIAm: Grueller, one of Buffy's friend turned vampire, proclaims himself as this before [[TemptingFate he's immediately staked]] [[InTheBack from behind]] by ''Pike'' of all people.
-->'''Pike:''' Now you're a coatrack.

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* AGodIAm: ActionMovieQuietDramaScene: After Buffy stakes the vampire in the alleyway, she and Merrick have a conversation where he opens up about what it's like to have to train a Slayer and then send her out to face the vampires, over and over down the centuries.
* AGodIAm:
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Grueller, one of Buffy's friend friends turned vampire, proclaims himself as this before [[TemptingFate he's immediately staked]] [[InTheBack from behind]] by ''Pike'' of all people.
-->'''Pike:''' Now --->'''Buffy:''' You were my friend.\\
'''Grueller:''' And now I'm a god!\\
''[Pike stakes him]''\\
'''Pike:''' And now
you're a coatrack.



* ActionGirl: The original intent of the film was to take a typical horror film's 'DumbBlonde' who either dies first or only survives because she's the hero's love interest, and make her the ChosenOne of Destiny, while the LoveableLoser that she 'surprisingly' falls in love with, who would ordinarily become the BadAss ChosenOne, takes her place as the film's DamselInDistress.

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* ActionGirl: The original intent of the film was to take a typical horror film's 'DumbBlonde' who either dies first or only survives because she's the hero's love interest, and make her the ChosenOne of Destiny, while the LoveableLoser CoolLoser that she 'surprisingly' falls in love with, who would ordinarily become the BadAss ChosenOne, takes her place as the film's DamselInDistress.



* AlmostDeadGuy: Merrick, mortally wounded by Lothos, lasts just long enough to reassure Buffy that he approves of her and to dispense a piece of cryptic advice that will come in handy later.

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* AlmostDeadGuy: AlmostDeadGuy:
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Merrick, mortally wounded by Lothos, lasts just long enough to reassure Buffy that he approves of her and to dispense a piece of cryptic advice that will come in handy later.



* BrainlessBeauty: Buffy begins the film as one but she matures out of it. Her vapid friends on the other hand remain airheads throughout. ([[BlackDudeDiesFirst One of them]] ends up getting killed by the vampires.)
** Looking at the whole film in context, it's not hard to surmise that Buffy was never ''that'' stupid to begin with, and was [[ObfuscatingStupidity play-acting]] in order to be accepted by her [[DumbIsGood dumb but "cool"]] friends.

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* BrainlessBeauty: Buffy begins the film as one but she matures out of it. Her vapid friends on the other hand remain airheads throughout. ([[BlackDudeDiesFirst One of them]] ends up getting killed by the vampires.)
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) Looking at the whole film in context, it's not hard to surmise that Buffy was never ''that'' stupid to begin with, and was [[ObfuscatingStupidity play-acting]] in order to be accepted by her [[DumbIsGood dumb but "cool"]] friends.



* BuffySpeak: Ironically, mostly averted here (which, yes, technically makes it an UnbuiltTrope). Joss Whedon took pains to make the dialogue for the original script quite witty, and you can still hear a lot of this in the film.
** Then again, Buffy ''does'' describe a Virginia plantation (one of her PastLifeMemories) as a "big farm."

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* BuffySpeak: Ironically, mostly averted here (which, yes, technically makes it an UnbuiltTrope). Joss Whedon took pains to make the dialogue for the original script quite witty, and you can still hear a lot of this in the film.
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film. Then again, Buffy ''does'' describe a Virginia plantation (one of her PastLifeMemories) as a "big farm."



* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Merrick wears one when he goes looking for Buffy at the beginning. Between that and his [[NiceHat fancy hat]], [[BeardOfEvil "devil" beard]], and spookily whispering voice, you really can't blame Buffy for [[PaedoHunt being suspicious at first]].
** A similar scene later on is even more eyebrow-raising. A basketball game is being played in the gym, and Merrick surreptitiously makes his way into the bleachers and sits down to keep watch over Buffy as she performs her cheerleading routine. Yeah, [[DirtyOldMan an older man in a trenchcoat whom no one has ever seen before sitting down by himself to watch a few dozen scantily-clad teenagers run and jump around]]...

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* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Merrick wears one when he goes looking for Buffy at the beginning. Between that and his [[NiceHat fancy hat]], [[BeardOfEvil "devil" beard]], and spookily whispering voice, you really can't blame Buffy for [[PaedoHunt being suspicious at first]].
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first]]. A similar scene later on is even more eyebrow-raising. A basketball game is being played in the gym, and Merrick surreptitiously makes his way into the bleachers and sits down to keep watch over Buffy as she performs her cheerleading routine. Yeah, [[DirtyOldMan an older man in a trenchcoat whom no one has ever seen before sitting down by himself to watch a few dozen scantily-clad teenagers run and jump around]]...



* DullSurprise: Creator/KristySwanson (at least in 1992) is one of those performers who can make ''Keanu Reeves'' seem like a LargeHam.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] subtly in the scene of Buffy making her first kill, where she (unenthusiastically) feigns fear in order to lure in the vampire she's been tracking: [[BadBadActing "Boy, I'm feeling really helpless."]] She fools no one but the vampire.
* DumbBlonde: Perhaps not dumb as such but this version of Buffy ''is'' rather more ditzy than the one you're used to ... in fact the character she resembles the most (from the show) is probably Cordelia.
** Buffy in the series does once remark that she used to be very much like Cordelia, and a flashback from Angel's perspective also seems to show her as popular and shallow prior to the whole Slayer business.

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* DullSurprise: Creator/KristySwanson (at least in 1992) is one of those performers who can make ''Keanu Reeves'' seem like a LargeHam.
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LargeHam. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] subtly in the scene of Buffy making her first kill, where she (unenthusiastically) feigns fear in order to lure in the vampire she's been tracking: [[BadBadActing "Boy, I'm feeling really helpless."]] She fools no one but the vampire.
* DumbBlonde: Perhaps not dumb as such but this version of Buffy ''is'' rather more ditzy than the one you're used to ... in fact the character she resembles the most (from the show) is probably Cordelia.
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Cordelia. Buffy in the series does once remark that she used to be very much like Cordelia, and a flashback from Angel's perspective also seems to show her as popular and shallow prior to the whole Slayer business.



* GoodIsNotNice: Merrick. He mocks Buffy, gives her condescending little lectures, and [[WhatTheHellHero comes close to killing her]] in trying to prove a point.

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* GoodIsNotNice: GoodIsNotNice:
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Merrick. He mocks Buffy, gives her condescending little lectures, and [[WhatTheHellHero comes close to killing her]] in trying to prove a point.



* MoralDissonance / WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Buffy and Pike seem pretty comfortable with remorselessly slaughtering their classmates -- some of whom they know on a first-name basis -- after the classmates are turned into vampires. This is softened somewhat when Buffy admits late in the film that if she had the choice she wouldn't want to kill anyone, even a vampire.
** Well that and the fact that said classmates become instantly evil after becoming vampires. The film even addresses this when Buffy has to chase down childhood friend Gruell when he nearly attacks the other players during a basketball game. Even pleading with him to remember the times they shared when he was human. But it's clear that, while he still a bit a goof, he's too DrunkOnTheDarkSide of his vamprisim to listen to reason and a threat to everyone around him.

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* MoralDissonance / WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Buffy and Pike seem pretty comfortable with remorselessly slaughtering their classmates -- some of whom they know on a first-name basis -- after the classmates are turned into vampires. This is softened somewhat when Buffy admits late in the film that if she had the choice she wouldn't want to kill anyone, even a vampire.
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vampire. Well that and the fact that said classmates become instantly evil after becoming vampires. The film even addresses this when Buffy has to chase down childhood friend Gruell when he nearly attacks the other players during a basketball game. Even pleading with him to remember the times they shared when he was human. But it's clear that, while he still a bit a goof, he's too DrunkOnTheDarkSide of his vamprisim to listen to reason and a threat to everyone around him.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: A biker can be heard shouting "Dyke!" at Buffy after she knocks him down and [[HeroStoleMyBike steals his ride]]. Granted, Buffy isn't gay, but it fits the trope just the same.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: PoliticallyIncorrectVillain:
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A biker can be heard shouting "Dyke!" at Buffy after she knocks him down and [[HeroStoleMyBike steals his ride]]. Granted, Buffy isn't gay, but it fits the trope just the same.same.
** After he gives up on wooing Buffy over to the dark side, Lothos calls her "bitch" nearly every time he opens his mouth.
7th Jan '16 7:08:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheCoverChangesTheGender: The {{Divinyls}} covered the Young Rascals' "Aint Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" for this movie, and it plays during Buffy's TrainingMontage (and again over the closing credits). In the context of the film, then, "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" becomes an IAmBecomingSong.

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* TheCoverChangesTheGender: The {{Divinyls}} Music/{{Divinyls}} covered the Young Rascals' "Aint Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" for this movie, and it plays during Buffy's TrainingMontage (and again over the closing credits). In the context of the film, then, "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" becomes an IAmBecomingSong.



* SoundtrackDissonance: The soundtrack for ''Buffy'' (which, typical of a 1990s Hollywood feature film, is crammed to bursting with a mix of standards and disposable pop hits) contains a great many songs that are decidedly out of place in a horror film, even a spoof one. Good examples are C+C Music Factory's rousing "Keep It Coming", which officially kicks off the film, and a calypso-like cover of "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore", which, as sung by Christina Amphlett of the {{Divinyls}}, is reimagined as a feminist anthem, as noted above. At one point, Buffy herself briefly sings a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of "Feelings"!

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* SoundtrackDissonance: The soundtrack for ''Buffy'' (which, typical of a 1990s Hollywood feature film, is crammed to bursting with a mix of standards and disposable pop hits) contains a great many songs that are decidedly out of place in a horror film, even a spoof one. Good examples are C+C Music Factory's rousing "Keep It Coming", which officially kicks off the film, and a calypso-like cover of "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore", which, as sung by Christina Amphlett of the {{Divinyls}}, Music/{{Divinyls}}, is reimagined as a feminist anthem, as noted above. At one point, Buffy herself briefly sings a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of "Feelings"!
23rd Dec '15 6:33:20 AM FallenAngelII
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Buffy boasts that she is going to succeed where all of her predecessors failed because she has something none of them ever had. When Merrick demands to know what this mysterious power is, Buffy replies: "My keen fashion sense." This causes Merrick to remark that, [[SarcasmMode yeah, that's really going to frighten vampires]]. But instead of getting angry, Buffy laughs - not so much because the line itself was funny as because of the surprise of someone as [[TheComicallySerious supposedly humorless]] as Merrick actually cracking a joke.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Buffy boasts that she is going to succeed where all of her predecessors failed because she has something none of them ever had. When Merrick demands to know what this mysterious power is, Buffy replies: "My keen fashion sense." This causes Merrick to remark that, [[SarcasmMode yeah, that's really going to frighten vampires]]. But instead of getting angry, Buffy laughs - not so much because the line itself was funny as because of the surprise of someone as [[TheComicallySerious supposedly humorless]] as Merrick actually cracking a joke. This would, however, later be turned into a plot point in the TV series, where characters will occasionally be able to identify vampires by their dated hair and wardrobe.
29th Nov '15 7:05:40 PM PaulA
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* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: Buffy and Pike roaring off toward the horizon on Pike's motorcycle in a romantic scene as Susanna Hoffs's cover of "We Close Our Eyes" plays.
20th Oct '15 8:50:24 PM bwburke94
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** A similar scene later on is even more eyebrow-raising. A basketball game is being played in the gym, and Merrick surreptitiously makes his way into the bleachers and sits down to keep watch over Buffy as she performs her cheerleading routine. Yeah, [[DirtyOldMan an older man in a trenchcoat whom no one has ever seen before sitting down by himself to watch a few dozen scantily-clad teenagers run and jump around]] - [[SarcasmMode nothing suspicious about that]].
* CoolOldGuy: Merrick, who is played by Donald Sutherland. You know, [[Series/TwentyFour Kiefer's]] [[WeirdAlEffect dad]].

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** A similar scene later on is even more eyebrow-raising. A basketball game is being played in the gym, and Merrick surreptitiously makes his way into the bleachers and sits down to keep watch over Buffy as she performs her cheerleading routine. Yeah, [[DirtyOldMan an older man in a trenchcoat whom no one has ever seen before sitting down by himself to watch a few dozen scantily-clad teenagers run and jump around]] - [[SarcasmMode nothing suspicious about that]].
around]]...
* CoolOldGuy: Merrick, who is played by Donald Sutherland. You know, [[Series/TwentyFour Kiefer's]] [[WeirdAlEffect dad]].Sutherland, Creator/{{Kiefer|Sutherland}}'s dad.
6th Oct '15 8:40:44 AM JamesAustin
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* CastingGag: Literature/AnneRice had originally envisioned Creator/RutgerHauer (Lothos) as Lestat when she wrote ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'', but by the time ''Film/InterviewWithAVampire'' was filmed in the early 90s, she said he was too old to play a vampire.



* DullSurprise: Kristy Swanson (at least in 1992) is one of those performers who can make ''Keanu Reeves'' seem like a LargeHam.

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* DullSurprise: Kristy Swanson Creator/KristySwanson (at least in 1992) is one of those performers who can make ''Keanu Reeves'' seem like a LargeHam.
16th Sep '15 9:22:00 PM Silverblade2
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** TheCavalry: And in the climax, Pike returns the favor by [[spoiler: breaking Buffy out of a spell she has fallen under just before she is to be "turned" by Lothos]].


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* TheCavalry: In the climax, Pike returns Buffy's favor by [[spoiler: breaking Buffy out of a spell she has fallen under just before she is to be "turned" by Lothos]].
16th Sep '15 9:20:07 PM Silverblade2
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The end results... weren't really what Joss planned. The original script intended the film to be a serious metaphor of female empowerment with a comedic bent, but the director turned the film into an outright comedy. The movie had some success in the big screen, but Joss was dissatisfied by the changes.

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The end results... weren't really what Joss planned. The original script intended the film to be a serious metaphor of female empowerment with a comedic bent, but the director turned the film into an outright comedy. The movie had some success in the big screen, but Joss was dissatisfied by the changes.
comedy.



However, it is an interesting look at what the show could have been like. Not to say it didn't help its TV show incarnation as many who first watched the show, did so due to familiarity with the movie.
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