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Little Known Facts About ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

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In Every Generation, There Is a Chosen One…

In 1997, the world was re-introduced to Buffy Summers, and we have never been the same.

Sure, we’d already seen some women kicking monster butt in the past (think Sigourney Weaver in Alien or even Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween), but Buffy the Vampire Slayer departed from the final girl trope in horror and perfectly embraced the girl power movement of the ’90s.

Hailed as one of the best TV series of all time, Buffy was a genre-bender that included a little bit of everything for fans, from drama and comedy to the supernatural and even martial arts. This unique intersection, led by Sarah Michelle Gellar and a strong supporting cast, helped make the show among the most popular on TV for its six seasons, and it still holds a special place in pop culture today.

Were you a Buffy fan? Think you know everything there is to know about the show? Beg to differ!

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Here are some awesome Buffy facts to surprise even the #1 fan!

Not So Original

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Upon hearing the name Buffy Summers, most people will immediately think of the TV show starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, but did you know that five years before the start of the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a movie first?

Creator Joss Whedon originally wrote a “scary film about an empowered woman,” but the studio turned it into a comedy instead. Afterwards, he went to work on the TV show to pursue the Buffy he had first imagined.

Turns out the movie featured Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland, Luke Perry, Ricki Lake, Seth Green, and Ben Affleck.

First and Final Girl

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Whedon specifically created Buffy as a play on the stereotypical blonde girl who dies without putting up a fight in so many horror movies. Instead of having a powerless female, Whedon turned her into the main character and had her kill the bad guys instead.