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Slayer is a 2005 American gothic horror film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's acclaimed WB television series Buffy and stars the same cast, taking place after the events of the final episode. Set two years after Buffy's death, Slayer is the story of the Scooby Gang moving forward with a new set of challenges.

The original script for the movie included a much larger role for Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy Summers, but the actress declined to return to the role and instead starred in Scooby Doo 3.

It was released in North America on September 30, 2005 by Springbok to generally positive reviews and several accolades, including the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, the Prometheus Special Award and the Nebula Award for Best Script. Eliza Dushku was nominated for several awards and the film greatly increased her status as a legitimate movie star.


It has been two years since the death of Buffy Summers. In that time period, the former "Scooby Gang" has scattered about the world. They are called back together when a mysterious string of murders worldwide are revealed to be connected. Dawn, now a member of the Watcher's Council, contacts Faith and together they get "the team back together".

They discover that all of the victims have been "Potential Slayers", those who have been deemed likely to become Slayers should the current Slayer die. The murderer is in fact Dana Hamilton (Glau), a woman who had been trapped in an insane asylum. Dana obtained the powers of the Slayer upon Buffy's death and has spent the last two years eliminating Potential Slayers in the hopes of destroying the Slayer line with herself.

The Scooby Gang makes a final stand against Dana and the demons she has recruited to her cause, with Faith nearly dying in the process as she refuses to kill Dana. The conflict is finally stopped when Willow, Dawn, & Tara enact a spell to activate all Potential Slayers in the world - making Dana's goal significantly harder to accomplish. Faith is able to get Dana to stand down and together the duo eliminate the demon army that Dana had assembled.


Main article: List of Buffyverse characters

  • Eliza Dushku as Faith Lehane
  • Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg
  • Amber Benson as Tara MacClay
  • J. August Richards as James Gunn
  • Seth Green as Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
  • Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn Giles
  • Summer Glau as Dana Hamilton

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While Springbok had initially wanted to commission a sequel to the film, many of the cast were burnt out on the series by this point and had only agreed to the film as a "last hurrah" for the series.

Whedon and Greenwalt instead took the treatment for a potential sequel and turned it into a three-issue comic book series, Faith & Dana released through Dark Horse Comics. This eventually lead into several ongoing titles related to the future of the Buffyverse following the movies.