The Short: Valley girl Buffy Summers discovers she's the latest in a long line of Vampire Slayers chosen defend the world from the undead fiends. She is guided by Merrick the Watcher, who was born to train Slayers like her against Lothos, an ancient and powerful vampire. Although she loses her place in high school society, she gains a friend in the form of Pike, a slacker who lost a friend to the vampires. Merrick is killed and Lothos' minions attack Buffy's high school dance, but she is able to fight off the horde and kill Lothos.
The Long: We open in what is described as the Dark Ages in Europe and the narrator explains ''Since the dawn of man the vampires have walked among us, killing, feeding. The only one with the strength or skill to stop the hanous evil is the Slayer, she who bares the birthmark, the mark of the coven. Trained by the Watcher one Slayer dies and the next is chosen.'' A young woman with a birthmark is given a wooden stake by a man as he proclames the Slayer is born. Switch to a modern day high school where cheerleaders work a crowd into a frenzy. After the game four girls from the school, Buffy, Kimberly, Nicole and Jennifer go shopping in the mall. They look at a jacket they decide is out of style then decide to go to the movies. A strange man tries to catch the elevator with them, but they blow him off. At the movies the girls talk, much to the bother of two losers, Pike and Benny, who snuck in. After the movie three guys, Jeffrey, Grueller and Andy, pull up in a car. Grueller goes off alone.
Buffy kisses hello to her boyfriend Jeffrey. Grueller walks alone in a closed park and finds a man behind him. That night at Buffy's a news reporter on television reports another slasher death. Buffy's parents leave Jeffrey and Buffy, who make out on the couch. In the past a young woman with a stake interrupts a vampire who is feeding on someone. He runs off, but she jumps him and stakes him. A group of vampires lead by Lothos walk out of the darkness and insult her then attack her. Buffy wakes up in bed. In a large ornate room, the man who snuck up on Grueller talks to a man in a casket about how his family is growing.
The next day at school the girls talk about picking a theme for the senior dance with a girl named Cassandra. They choose the environment. The principal reminds them they are late for class. They agree to meet tomorrow at a cafe. At the cafe Kimberly shows up wearing the jacket from the mall. She says it's retro now. Pike and Benny walk in and spend all their money on a hotdog, which they split. The pair are obviously drunk. They recognize the girls as the annoying ones from the movies. Benny makes an obscene gesture to Buffy and Buffy reacts by cutting his hot dog into pieces with a knife from the table. Later the drunk pair are walking in the hills and complain about how they hate those girls, but would sleep with them. The vampire who took Grueller takes Benny, but the man from the mall shows up and saves Pike from the same fate by giving him a ride home.
The next day the girls practice for cheerleading. Buffy stays after to practice alone, and the man from the mall surprises her. He says he's looking for her. He says he's years late in training her. He wants to take her to the graveyard. She figures he's a skanky old man. He says his name is Merrick and she has been chosen to stop the vampires.
Buffy: ''You used to be my friend.'' Vampire Grueller: ''And now I'm a god!'' Pike: ''And now you're a coat rack!''
Ouch, that has to hurt!
Amilyn: ''We're immortal Buffy, we can do anything!'' Buffy: ''Oh yeah? Clap!''
Principal: ''DETENTION, DEtention, detention, detention, detention-detention! I think that's all of 'em. Nope! Detention-detention.''
The authority figure hard at work keeping order. Listen to the quote here.
Buffy: ''All right, let me get this straight. You want me to go to the graveyard with you because I'm the chosen one and there are vampires?'' Merrick: ''Yes.'' Buffy: ''Does Elvis talk to you? Does he tell you to do things? Do you see spots?'' Elvis Aron Presley
(1935-1977) was a rock and roll singer whose enormous success changed the
shape of American popular culture.
Buffy: ''All I want to do is graduate from highschool, move to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die.''
Christian Slater is...
Amilyn: ''Or she could go for what's behind door number three.'' Let's Make A Deal was a
television game show hosted by Monty Hall, where
choosing from a number of items, such as a door, box or envelope, was a
common challenge. Usually one choice contained a fabulous prize, the rest
contained useless or joke prizes.
Amilyn: ''I'll get you Buffy, and your little dog too!''
This is a reference to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, where the
Wicked Witch of The West made this threat to Dorothy.
(Thanks to Poppedijn for finding this picture.)
Amilyn: ''Admit it Buffy, aren't there time when you just feel... less the fresh.''
This is a reference to an advertising campaign for Massengil Douches.
Vampire Benny: ''...and Uncle Sam wants you!''
Uncle Sam is a name used to designate the U.S. government. The term arose in the War of 1812 and seems at first to have been used derisively by those opposed to the war. Possibly it was an expansion of the letters "U.S. on uniforms and government property, but some sources attribute the origin of the term to Samuel Wilson (1766-1854) of Troy, N.Y. Wilson, whose nickname was Uncle Sam, was an inspector of army supplies. The "U.S. stamped on supplies was referred to as "Uncle Sam by the workmen. Regardless of origin, the term found wide application and became permanent.
Andy: ''They had fangs. They were biting people. They had this look in their eyes, totally cold, animal. I think they were Young Republicans.''
The California Young Republicans have their own web site at http://www.cyr.org/.
Gary: ''I saw a lot of action in 'nam. Well, I saw Platoon''
Kimberly: ''I'm very happy to accept this honor and I will try very hard to fulfill my needs as your next Miss America.''
The Miss America contest is a beauty pageant. They have a web site at http://www.missamerica.org/.
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