The Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show produced lots of future stars, but several future notable names appeared in the 1992 movie as well.
The original Buffy the Vampire Slayer series had a lot of notable guest stars on TV, but its 1992 film precursor also played host to many future household names. It’s no secret that embattled Buffy creator Joss Whedon ended up highly dissatisfied with the final filmed version of his Buffy the Vampire Slayer script, which of course served as the impetus for Whedon to later lobby for another crack at the material on the small screen. Still, for all of Whedon’s issues, the 1992 Buffy movie has developed a sizable cult fanbase over the years.
One of the biggest differences between the Buffy movie and TV show is that the movie is a lot sillier, and really never feels that dramatic, or that the stakes are high. The TV show, on the other hand, had Buffy avert multiple apocalypses, and while there was plenty of humor included, it wasn’t at the expense of the story being told. Unexpected characters could and did die – infamously including Buffy’s mom Joyce in season 5 – turn evil, or undergo some other kind of strange metamorphosis at any time, even Buffy eventually.