It’s Friday the 13th and what better way to celebrate the haunted holiday than with back-to-back showings of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”? The film, which spawned one of the best televisions shows ever, stars Kristy Swanson as an addle-headed teenybopper with her head in the mall and a vocabulary straight out of the Valley, but everything changes when she finds out that she is the Chosen One. Not that she wants to spend her free time learning to slay vampires with Donald Sutherland instead of at cheerleading practice. But then the vampire boss (Rutger Hauer) and his minion (Peewee Herman) show up and Buffy finds she has no choice but to fight. The film is a fun romp peppered with hilarious dialogue, sharp wits, and even sharper stakes, which is why we’re showing it at both 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
Since we’re talking about vampires, we figured we would make a quick list of some of our favorite vampire movies. But then it turned out to be really hard, because there are a lot of incredible vampire flicks out there dating back to the dawn of the cinematic age and stretching all the way to, well, “Twilight.” Guess everyone loves a good fright and/or an interspecies love story with sparkly skin. So we fell down a rabbit hole of frightening films from “Fright Night” to “Let the Right One In” to “The Lost Boys” and “The Hunger.” They are all good, but here are some of our absolute favorites.
1. “Shadow of the Vampire”
2. “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust”
3. “Near Dark”
5. “From Dusk Till Dawn”
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” airs tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET