Episode 122

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)


In the grand tradition of surprise Halloween episodes, and following last year's Halloween episode Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, I wanted to cover another underappreciated cult classic that probably not many other podcasts will this spooky season - Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Not the excellent TV series, (although I have done an episode on Hush), but the 1992 movie that introduced Buffy to the world.

Kristy Swanson is the eponymous slayer, in Joss Whedon's feature film writing debut, and it's a movie he's canonically abandoned, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer really doesn't deserve the hate. It's a fun movie, and Kristy Swanson really is a good Buffy, just not the Buffy we all know. It's the beginnings of a character that would evolve from 1997-2003 under the skills and talents of Sarah Michelle Gellar, but let's not take anything away from Swanson. This version of Buffy works as an introduction to the character, to slayer and vampire lore, and to elongated hammy death scenes.

With a big name cast, including Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer, Paul Reubens and Luke Perry, this Buffy might be a little more fluffy, but this Buffy also slays.

How funky is your chicken?

Happy Halloween! 

About the Podcast

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

I mostly host solo, but often you'll hear my cat Jess in the background (she's 17 years old, and very loud!).

I love podcasts and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.