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A Memento Insight by @chrisc for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
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Event (Watch Party): Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Event Date: 2023-08-09
Drop Date: 2023-08-10
Remarkist World: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Number of Editions: 12
On July 31, 1992, Joss Whedon’s first movie script written under his name came to life on the big screen. It was called Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When writing this story, Joss wanted to flip the typical horror trope of the little blonde girl being the victim to her being the hero.
The movie may not have been completely how he envisioned it to be, but it introduced us to a character that eventually would become loved by many through the TV series (1997). I personally love both the movie and TV series.
Buffy (Kristy Swanson) is not your typical heroine, she is a cheerleader in high school whose main goal in life is to graduate, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater and die. In this movie the damsel in distress is Pike (Luke Perry) a guy from Buffy’s class that teams up with her in fighting the vampires after his best friend Benny (David Arquette) goes missing and turns up later as a vampire. A few other notable characters are Merrick (Donald Sutherland) her Watcher, who finds her to explain her birthright to her and train her. Lothos (Rutger Hauer) an ancient vampire and his “right hand man” Amilyn (Paul Reubens).
For me the best part of this movie is Amilyn played by Paul Reubens. It is rumored that Amilyn originally was supposed to be a female vampire, but I can’t imagine anyone else playing this character.
He is Lothos’s acolyte. He’s old, he's fast, he can levitate and has an interesting sense of humour for a vampire. His hobby is killing people, naturally, and at the time we meet him his main goal is to kill Buffy Summers. He pops up here and there through out the movie and has a death scene that was improvised by Paul Reubens when the director tells him “Amilyn dies” and then lets Paul figure out how that looks when it happens.
Before Amilyn dies, he loses an arm while trying to get Pike. After that Pike has a new nickname for him. If you can remember what that is you can grab a memento to remember him by.
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