BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
1992, 20th Century Fox, 86 min, USA, Dir: Fran Rubel Kuzui

Writer Joss Whedon would bring Buffy and friends to television with even greater success five years later but this big-screen original remains loads of fun. Spoiled L.A. teen Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) is skeptical when an older man named Merrick (Donald Sutherland) tells her that she’s destined to kill the undead, but when vampire leader Lothos (Rutger Hauer) and his deputy (Paul Reubens, in a very effective turn from his Pee-wee Herman persona) cross her path, Buffy goes into action. Luke Perry costars as her eventual ally, with an impressive array of future stars (including Hilary Swank and an uncredited Ben Affleck) joining them in the halls of Hemery High School.


PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE
1985, Warner Bros., 90 min, USA, Dir: Tim Burton

The ’80s were precarious. If you weren’t careful you could be forced to feel sorry for the yuppie ratsticks in WALL STREET or find yourself actually rooting for egomaniacal Jerry Lewis to free himself in KING OF COMEDY. But the decade triumphantly launched PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE, the movie that lionizes the 90-pound weakling and propelled Tim Burton and Danny Elfman into the goth cinematic darkosphere. Part caper, part road movie, PEE-WEE is an homage inside a tour-de-france with every kitsch genre mined to full potential. It's the story of a lovable weirdling (Paul Reubens) who lives alone with just his beloved bicycle. When the bike is stolen, Pee Dub rightly suspects his bratty neighbor Francis (Mark Holton), but Francis has paid a thug to ditch the bike and the chase is on all the way to the basement of the Alamo. Drunken bikers, a ghostly lady trucker and Godzilla all show up with madcap consequences. '80S WARNING: This movie contains James Brolin being ironically hilarious. No one will be seated during Twisted Sister.


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