For my first choice of my “Awesome Chick Flick” month, I chose Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
At the impressionable age of 11, Buffy was my idol. (It was the first movie I saw 3 times in the theater.) She was a girly-girl who had the ability to kick ass without breaking a nail. I wasn’t much of a girl nor did I care about my nails but I love that this movie showed a typical girl slaying vampires instead of the rough and tough bad boy saving the girly-girl.
Another great part of this movie is the cast. I look at this now and think “Wow Donald Sutherland…really?” but this jump-started the career of Hillary Swank and it gave us back Paul Reuben after his wiener incident. There’s also a Ben Affleck cameo in there and holy crap! Did anyone else know that Thomas Jane was in here somewhere too? Endless amounts of goodness going on in the casting.
Six years later my love for this movie invoked me to give the tv show a try. I wasn’t sure if it would work as series and where the hell was Pike? With the story tailor-made per Joss Whedon’s original screenplay, Buffy the show, ended up being compellingly better than the movie and it also took an emotional hold on me for 7 years. The movie is a lighter version of what Whedon wanted but the show brought out a darker side to what Buffy had to face and the instant maturity she had to endure with each “big bad” she defeated every season.
The character Buffy, whether it be the movie or tv show character, is a great example of how hard-core chicks can be. Whedon shred the image that the clueless blonde didn’t have what it took to survive in a horror movie. I commend him for that (even though I’m a brunette and I think I got some clues about stuff)