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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Time Travel Tuesday: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy fans, unite! I know at least half of you bloggy buddies were fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It seems like a kind of prerequisite for book lovers to be into Buffy. Even the old school, camp-fest Kristy Swanson movie brings back fond memories.

First, we'll talk about the movie that started it all. The film was written by the always amazing Joss Whedon and starred Kristy Swanson, Luke Perry, Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer and Paul Ruebens (aka Peewee Herman), with a supporting cast that included Hilary Swank, David Arquette and cameos from Ben Affleck and Ricky Lake. I loved this movie when I was a kid. I thought it was so cool that an airhead, self-centered shopaholic cheerleader could grow the eff up and handle herself against an army of the undead. The movie was made back when Luke Perry was super hot, so that was a bonus. I really got a kick out of the scenes with Paul Ruebens. He was hilarious throughout the film, especially at the end. This movie was on heavy rotation when I was a kid, and I still make it a point to watch it anytime I catch it on TV. One of my favorite lines from the film: "Grueller, it's me! Buffy! Remember? At my birthday party? You drank all the blueberry schnapps and luged on my mom?" Below, you'll find the old school trailer, complete with Luke Perry voice over narrative, and the epic Paul Ruebens death scene. It's great stuff.

Paul Ruebens gets staked and dies....

...and comes back to die some more after the credits.

Next up is the TV series, also written by Joss Whedon. I've seen every episode of this series at least twice. The beginnings were humble and packed with era-dating goodness, but the show grew into something that no one could expect. The series was EPIC. They pulled off a musical episode without losing any of their edge. It kicked off the successful careers of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan and David Boreanaz. It had reoccurring appearances from Seth Green, Nathan Fillion and Eliza Dushku. There were epic battles with humongous forces of evil, and Buffy and her friends handled it year after year. They destroyed the portal to Hell, for crap's sake! And don't get me started on the eye candy. I, to this day, nurse a serious crush on James Marsters as Spike. What can I say, I like my men tall, thin and inherently evil. This show is so great that I still hit up some episodes on Netflix. It's a shame that it had to come to an end. There's talk of a new Buffy movie, but I hear Joss Whedon will not be a part of it. I don't know if I can say I'm excited to see a Buffy movie with no Joss. He made the movie and show what it is. Although, if they pull off a series cast reunion for the movie, I might throw caution to the wind and see it anyway.

The best fanmade Buffy season one trailer ever made.

It could be bunnies! From the musical episode, Once More With Feeling.

A montage of Spike getting the crap kicked out of him.

Smoking is a disgusting habit, but that doesn't make this video any less hot.

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1 comment:

  1. Ah! Loved Buffy - The film and The first Four Series! Brings back many happy memories of Saturday Nights curled up on the sofa with comfort food during my HND!


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