August 4, 1992 -- ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' has a promising title and some good ideas, but fails to deliver the goods.
Buffy, a vacuous valley girl cheerleader (played by Kristy Swanson), discovers she is destined to be the savior of the human race, a vampire slayer. She is tapped for this distinction by a weird old coot played by Donald Sutherland. She proceeds to fulfill her destiny.
Paul Reubens (formerly Pee Wee Herman) and Rutger Hauer play wacky vampires, but they have no sinister edge. They pose no real threat. The only character developed in the film is Buffy. Teen idol Luke Perry isn't given much to do as Buffy's boyfriend. There are some good actors in the film, but they can't save it. The photography is dark and unappealing and the music is uninspiring.
The story wanders aimlessly along, a series of loosely-related skits. There are a few laughs here and there. The film tries to say something about the shallowness of the valley girls, but it is a testament instead to a film-making formula which has almost completely failed here. What should be the movie's climactic scenes are pitifully muddled. The movie rates a D.
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