US movie (1992). 20th Century-Fox/Kuzui/Sandollar. Pr Kaz Kuzui. Howard Rosenman. Exec pr Carol Baum, Sandy Gallin, Fran Rubel Kuzui. Dir Fran Rubel Kuzui. Spfx Joseph Mercurio. Mufx William Forsche, Mark Maitre. Screenplay Joss Whedon. Starring Rutger Hauer (Lothos), Luke Perry (Pike), Paul Reubens (Amilyn), Donald Sutherland (Merrick), Kristy Swanson (Buffy). 94 mins. Colour.
Through various Reincarnations Merrick has been training a succession of likewise reincarnated Vampire slayers – all young women skilled in the martial arts. The latest is the Los Angeles high-school airhead Buffy, who initially resents the intrusion into her brattish life. In due course she becomes enamoured of vampire slaying, and rids the world of numerous, including the grand master Lothos; in the later stages she is aided by the youth Pike.
Amiable nonsense, this perhaps suffers from the fact that its Satire is too accurate: the bimbo attitudes of Buffy (on ecology, "What about the ozone layer?/Yeah, we gotta get rid of that") are so rebarbative that one feels BTVS is kicking those who are already down. Where it is effective, though, is in showing how Buffy's type are effectively social vampires, taking and – except finally in Buffy's case – never giving. [JG]