A slayer’s lineage: 9 pop cultural precursors to Buffy

When Buffy The Vampire Slayer debuted on The WB in 1997, it signaled a new direction for the fledgling netlet, a pivot toward audiences who could see themselves reflected in Buffy Summers and her Sunnydale High classmates. Of course, it’s the distinctions between Buffy and all previous TV teens that made all the…

The Lost Boys soundtrack walked awkwardly between worlds

When The Lost Boys arrived in 1987, popular music was in a state of change, transitioning from the brooding, poufy-haired synth-pop that dominated the early ’80s into the boisterous, poufy-haired metal that straddled its latter half. Like the movie’s shapeshifting vampires—or like Kiefer Sutherland’s Billy…

Supercut proves that ’80s films loved them some dance sequences

Tomorrow, August 5, is a special day that may be missing from calendars in a gross oversight: It’s the 30th anniversary of Lionel Richie’s hit song “Dancing On The Ceiling.” Such a momentous occasion as that shouldn’t go unnoticed and must be celebrated in some fashion. Luckily YouTuber Robert Jones has rushed to the…