The Top 10 Times ‘Buffy’ Scared Me

*Warning, seriously spooky spoilers*

Buffy toed the line between comedy and drama in a way unique to Joss Whedon. His conception of the show was to turn a well-used horror trope on its head. What if the blonde girl that goes into a dark alley is scarier than the monsters there? Then she kicks their ass? With this choice, we cannot escape Buffy’s horror roots.

Although the show made me feel love, happiness, sadness, anger, among other emotions, there were times it down right just frightened me.

So I thought seeing as it’s October we might as well get down to the top ten times Buffy scared the shit out of me.

Number 10:

Season 2, Episode 11, “Ted.”

While the whole aspect of John Ritter’s serial killer robot was infinitely creepy in itself, it was something Buffy did that frightened me. Even now knowing how it ends, it still gives me chills. When Buffy pushes Ted down the stairs during an argument, the subsequent consequences are harrowing.

Just look at her face while being questioned in the police station. Buffy thinks she’s killed a human being. There is no going back from that.

Number 9:

Season 1, Episode 10, “Nightmares.”

Look I know it’s irrational, but you can thank Stephen King and the weird vigilantes who were wandering around as clowns, but they’re terrifying ok!?!

This episode has the fun concept of your worst nightmares coming to fruition. Giles loses the ability to read, and then he sees Buffy dead. Willow has to sing in front of a large crowd, not a fun time for an introvert. Buffy turns into a vampire, which means not only would she have to die, but she would become that which she despises.

Xander turns up to class naked and then discovers a bunch of candy bars. Until he realises one of them is from his childhood and a birthday in which a clown nearly frightened him to death. The laughter of the clown, coupled with the knife-wielding made this very uncomfortable to watch.

 

Number 8:

Season 6, Episode 10, “Wrecked.

While struggling with addition Willow puts the most vulnerable member of the group in grave danger, causing her to brake an arm.

This is terrifying to me because I know the people we love aren’t themselves when their addiction is ruling their every move. Willow isn’t herself, she even steals a car, which granted she did to save Dawn. However, she could have made the monster disappear as she did at the end of the saga.

Plus the demon Willow summoned by accident was pretty horrific.

Number 7:

Season 2, Episode 18, “Killed By Death.

Although a lot of the monsters in the series came off more kooky than spooky because of budgetary constraints, the make-up department got it right on occasion. In this episode, Buffy can see a monster usually only children can see because she has a temperature.

It jumps scares us at one stage, while Buffy gazes out at the hallway.

Then if he wasn’t creepy enough, we get to see the full horror of what he does to children, before Buffy manages to break his neck. Phew!

Number 6:

Season 5, Episode 19, “Tough Love.

I’ve spoken about this before in a previous post on the episode Tough Love. Glory is a wonderful villain, compelling because of her human traits, despite being a god. However, her means of gaining energy to survive in our dimension petrifies me to this day. She literally sucks your brain force, leaving you helpless and lost.

As someone who struggles with mental illness, I’ve often genuinely felt like I am losing my mind. So with that being said Glory’s description of what the brain suck is like, makes my skin crawl.

Number 5:

Season 4, Episode 10, “Hush.

The only episode to garner the show an Emmy nomination (not a win mind you) was the creepy Gentlemen filled Hush. Which in itself is scary, *sigh* genius is never recognized in its time.

Now the entire episode is dread-fest in the ‘no one can hear you scream’ sense. Literally the demons, called ‘The Gentlemen’ come into your town, steal your voice, and 7 fresh human hearts. Real party animals.

The worse part of the episode for me though is when they show The Gentlemen’s minions, holding down a man. While he silently tries to scream for help, they cut out his heart. Yeah, this one affected me for a few weeks afterward let me tell you.

Number 4:

Season 3, Episode 21, “Graduation Day: Part I.

Hopefully, I’m not alone when I say, that I absolutely loved Faith as both a character and a slayer. She was the darkness to Buffy’s light, and she went where Buffy wanted to go, but couldn’t. Faith was a slayer without morals.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer

So when I thought Buffy had killed her I was both saddened and terrified at the prospect. Had Buffy actually killed a fellow human being?

During the fight, we can see the fear in Faith’s eyes because I think she knew Buffy was the superior fighter all along. Then Buffy comes out with this, “What’s the matter? All that killing and you’re afraid to die?”

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When Buffy does finally plunge the knife into Faith’s stomach, she simply says. “You did it, you killed me.” Buffy looks devastated as Faith falls from the roof onto a passing truck.

Number 3:

Season 2, Episode 17, “Passion.

There are many deaths in Whedon’s universe not just in my beloved ‘Buffy‘. Although he ultimately has the say on who stays, and who goes, it doesn’t mean we can’t still be sore about it.

That being said I never really got over the loss of Jenny Calendar, and the hole she left in Giles’ life. Her death was brutal, and alarming, exacerbated by the fact she died at the hands of Angelus.  Someone, Buffy had failed to kill because he used to be Angel.

When Jenny discovers that Angelus has snook into the room with her, the panic in her eyes is palpable.

Although she puts up a good fight, in the end, Angelus snaps her neck as easily as a child would snap a twig. Then simply says, “I never get tired of doing that.”

Number 2:

Season 7, Episode 10, “Bring On The Night.

Buffy goes out to retrieve one of the potentials whose run off only to discover her dead. Before she can react she is taken by surprise by the Turok-Han, a prehistoric vampire. The fight between her and the Turok-Han was the most disquieting of the entire series in my opinion.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

It repeatedly knocks her down, and as she is trying to limp away it is merely walking along. It isn’t worried she will get away, it’s just toying with her. The only time it displays any anger is when Buffy manages to knock a bunch of steel poles on it.

This doesn’t slow it down, and it charges at Buffy with such venom and force that he knocks her through a wall. When the gang finds her they think she is dead.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Even after the fight, the camera is on Buffy as she listens to her friends discuss how fearful they are, how she might have internal bleeding, and how she was their only hope. The look on her face is of complete dismay and disbelief.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Number 1:

Season 7, Episode 3, “Same Time, Same Place.

Another monster I’ve mentioned before, and I am still repulsed by it to this day. Even though I must have watched the show over 10 times, Gnarl is anyone’s worst nightmare.

His opening sequences is him running around in the dark, preying on an unsuspecting bystander. He calls out in his sing-song voice, “All alone.” Then clicks his long fingernails in front of the camera. The eeriness of this scene is evident and sends tremors down my spine every time I watch it.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

He scratches you, and through his fingernails, injects you with a paralysing agent so you can no longer move. When you are fully incapacitated he slowly cuts off strips of your skin with his fingernails and eats it. Lapping up your blood as he goes along.

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This process takes hours and you can feel it the entire time. The paralyzing agent doesn’t stop your nerves from feeling. Poor Willow is suffering from a case of invisibility to her friends, so they accidentally block her into the cave with him. He sings that he loves a gifty and proceeds to eat some of Willow’s skin.

Don’t worry Buffy rescues her in the end.

Honorable mention:

Season 5, Episode 16, “The Body.”

I’m mentioning this one here because it truly frightened me to my core. You can lose someone you love so suddenly, without warning. Which is why you should hug your loved ones and tell them how you feel whenever you can.

Sarah Michelle Gellar’s performance is stellar and it’s one of the most realistic portrayals of death in television history. Why it didn’t receive a nod from any major award shows is beyond me.

I cry every time. I shake every time. I’m grateful every time.

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Ok, let me know in the comments if you have any other scary moments from Buffy that haunt you!

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Obsolescence

*warning this contains adult themes*

Her skin was frigidly cold now, the pain in her leg was easing. Endorphins flittered down throughout her blood causing her to shiver. The wound still pulsed but the aching was retreating. Although she would have welcomed this relief not an hour ago, she understood what her body was doing. It was giving up.

She drew a blanket around her and limped to the window, the sun was rising in the desolate, ash-filled sky. It cast flickering rays through the clouds of debris. From the window, in the distance, she could see the Atlantic ocean, bobbing as it always had. It worried not about the dead and poisoned marine life. It cared not regarding the polluted rivers joining it at it the coast. It cared not for Lilith who sat on an uncomfortable chair by the window, gazing at it, taking her final few hundred breaths.

Lilith knew last night that death was upon her as the fever had reached maddening heights. Visions of a world free from nuclear winter had raged, her loved ones living, with plenty to eat and drink. Although now she knew that they had been delirium dreams, the pang that it caused her now tormented more than the wound ever had.

As the last of her water streamed down her face her mind grew bitter in the knowledge that she was dying at the tender age of twenty, not quite twenty-one. Twenty years of suffering, death, and violence, ending now in a flurry of anger. Why had they so royally fucked up the world? What did it accomplish? Where were they now? Dead most likely, nothing gained, and everything lost.

Lilith shifted her leg one last time, and the faint web of pain confirmed her suspicions. The sprinkling sun lit up her pale, undernourished face. Her brown eyes flashing in its splendor. She looked at it directly now, for the first time, and the last. Her tears ceased, and although she had determined to die with dignity, all that remained was fear. Fear that this was all there was and all there ever would be for her. She let out a miserable whimper, and was no more.

The sun continued to rise, the ocean continued to flow, and the Earth continued to turn as the last human being, died in the room she was born in, not twenty-one years ago.

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Inspiration:

—T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men” (1925)

Genuinely tell me, how did this make you feel, on your inside space?

Or would you rather listen than read?

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Denmark, an Adventure

Denmark, an Adventure
Denmark, an Adventure

My dear friends welcome to my first adventure post. As I recently made the trip to Denmark to visit a friend of Le’Boo I decided to document our ramblings. Denmark’s weather is similar to Ireland, so we were not unfazed by that. However, although some of the landscape resonates with the green fields of Ireland, we couldn’t help but notice some marked differences. We visited some compelling albeit bizarre places.

 

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We started out on what we thought would be an interesting history lesson. Our friend brought us to a limestone mine outside of Viborg. I’d never been in a mine before and I immediately had flashbacks to playing Half-Life, crawling through the alien caves (yes I am a nerd let’s move on).

For starters, it’s immediately colder inside. A balmy 8 degrees Celsius. Which is the perfect temperature for bats and cheese. That sounds random but I’ll get to that later. While the caves were mostly lit, there were sections where if you wanted to climb through the small cramped openings, it was best you did it with a torch. It felt like a strange new world, and the porous limestone rocks provided an unexpected humidity.

Along with the eeriness of the dark permeable walls, there was trickling streams and spectrally calm pools of clear water. The time of the year afforded a mostly quiet and abandoned feel with few fellow tourists. While we only came across one small bat, we did also come across a frog.

The whole experience was exceptional and unexpectedly exhilarating. Oh yes, and the cheese, according to the dairy company Arla, the conditions in the mines provides a perfect storage place for their incubating cheese products. Yes, I agree that it’s random, but the Danes are known for being practical and this is an efficient use of a mostly empty space.

 

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Then the gracefully rolling hills of Denmark yielded some equally strange and unsettling experiences when we took a drive along the coast. The water was choppy in the wind and we decided to stop for exploration. We expected exquisite water in high winds, what we got was even better.

Although Denmark was neutral during World War II, parts of it were occupied by German forces. What was left over from this time were army bunkers along the coastline which, while being open to the public are also art installations. Yes yes I know, I’ll explain later.

As the weather was a bit windy (you’ll see that in the video footage), we were the only ones exploring the bunkers. As we walked around the cold, quiet rooms, we sensed the thousands of lives which had filtered in and out of these stone refuges. If not ominous enough, one of the bunkers had war era music playing out of a hole in the wall. Again, I had flashbacks to video games and felt the need to record the experience which can be viewed here.

The art yes of course. It turns out that the ever-practical Danes use these historical sites for art installations that are beyond simple art on canvasses. Unfortunately it wasn’t the time of year for them, however as I’m sure we will go back, perhaps next time we can experience that joy.

 

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All in all the country is splendid, it’s people seem genuinely happy. Although it rains quite a bit, this allows for the green fields to flourish, along with its people. The standard of living there is evidenced by its citizens, amenities and general cleanliness. The safety of its citizens needs no further explanation as the bunkers were open to the public. People talk to each other on the street whether stranger or friend.

Would I live there? Certainly yes, yes I would.

Also want to say a huge thank you to Faye for hosting and Loki the cat for wonderful snuggles. Till next time fair Denmark.

Also, check out my creepy YouTube video.

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Music:

BenSound – Deep Blue

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Wicca

Wicca. Noun. “A religion influenced by pre-Christian beliefs and practices of western Europe that affirms the existence of supernatural power (such as magic) and of both male and female deities who inhere in nature and that emphasizes ritual observance of seasonal and life cycles.”[i]

 

Although I don’t follow an organised religion, I’ve always felt there was a spiritual gap in my life. I envy my friend’s meditative connection to a higher power when they pray. When I’m struggling with my mental illnesses, I know the ability to focus my mind would give me peace. Yet meditation is not an easy skill to learn as I’ve struggled with it for many years. However, those practising Wicca take this training as the due course in their craft.

“Be aware…that disciplines are ineffective unless a routine is established because the unconscious is attuned to patterns and will respond easily once the pattern of a conscious routine is rhythmic.”[ii]

In my local Vincent De Paul, I came across a book on Witchcraft, and absentmindedly bought it as research for one of my projects. In reading it a revelationary paradigm was cracked. Not only due to its descriptive worth, but it’s connections to female power struggles throughout history. While the modern Wicca has both male and female practitioners, it’s roots are in paganism and witchcraft. Both known for their charged feminine figures.

As a feminist I hunger to understand the lore of the feminine, and that which is interwoven into my body. It was comforting to discover that our pagan ancestors used their awareness of the heavens to not only influences the outer world but their inner worlds. To them inner peace begat outer peace.

“Discovering the sublime silence at the center of your being and activating that center.”[iii]

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Of course, as Halloween approaches, (my favourite time of the year), that which is chilling surfaces. Yet it is my duty to remind you that although dark magic exists and was practised as a religion throughout the ages, those that called themselves witches were persecuted out of fear. Not as a result of any true evil. Women were murdered for their independence, for displaying fortitude, and simply for their feminine energies.

Wicca was born in the 20th century out of the ashes of witchcraft and paganism. It can be practised alone or as the member of a coven. It’s the way of the Goddess, to live beyond the ego, to firmly grasp your senses, so you are their ruler. “Awareness is the ability to literally read the feelings in the air…awareness means control of one’s undertakings.”[iv] Wicca is not about changing the outside world to your every whim. It’s changing how you process your inner world so your journey in life may be more mindful, enjoyable, and rich.

‘Do as ye will, e’re it harm none’

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References:

De Angeles, Ly. 2006. “Witchcraft: Theory and Practice.” Llewellyn Publications. Llewellyn Worldwide.

https://books.google.ie/books/about/Witchcraft.html?id=1TFuAm5N7gEC&redir_esc=y

Footnotes:

[i] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wicca

[ii] De Angeles, Ly. 2006. “Witchcraft: Theory and Practice.” Llewellyn Publications. Llewellyn Worldwide. Page 4.

[iii] De Angeles, Ly. 2006. “Witchcraft: Theory and Practice.” Llewellyn Publications. Llewellyn Worldwide. Page 9.

[iv] De Angeles, Ly. 2006. “Witchcraft: Theory and Practice.” Llewellyn Publications. Llewellyn Worldwide. Page 37.

 

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