On this day in horror history, Fran Rubel Kuzui and Joss Whedon’s cult classic horror-comedy Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer, and Luke Perry was released in 1992.
It was a moderate success at the box office but five years later Whedon created the darker and acclaimed TV series of the same name.
It also stars Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure), Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), David Arquette (Scream, Eight Legged Freaks).
Notable cameos include the likes of Alexis Arquette as vampire DJ, Stephen Root as Principal Gary Murray, Natasha Gregson Wagner as Cassandra, Tom Jane as Zephm, Ben Affleck as Basketball Player #10, Ricki Lake as Charlotte, and Seth Green as a vampire.
The flick tells the tale of Buffy Summers, who meets Merrick Jamison-Smythe, a man sent to train her to fight vampires. Buffy is a quick study and soon takes fellow student Oliver Pike under her wing, repeatedly saving him from fierce bloodsuckers. But, when a very dangerous vampire gets rambunctious, she must go to war again.
The film sports a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s supernatural coming of age tale is let down by poor directing and even poorer plotting — though Kristy Swanson and Paul Reubens’ game performances still manage to slay.