‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’: 7 Scariest Episodes

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a masterclass of horror. It wasn’t always scary, it wasn’t always cheerful bliss, but the show excelled in everything it set out to capture and certainly went all out to frighten its audience.

Here are 7 scariest episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

7. Helpless (3.12)

On her 18th birthday, the Watcher’s Council temporarily subdue Buffy’s powers before sending her to battle a violent vampire. This is one of the few times where the slayer may actually face defeat. Buffy is, as the title suggests, helpless but proves that she is worth more than her abilities.

6. Restless (4.22)

The Scooby Gang fall into a deep slumber only to be stalked by the first slayer in their dreams. It’s a bizarre episode that includes a man sporadically offering cheese to the team. There’s also the unsettling image of the slayer creepily crawling on all fours to catch up with them.

5. Listening to Fear (5.09)

A freakish demon alien infiltrates the Summers’ home as it prays upon Joyce. Though an unusual concept for an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the sight of the critter is skin-crawling. Everyone’s probably had the fear that there’s something watching them sleep and Listening to Fear doesn’t ease this at all.

4. Conversations with Dead People (7.07)

Taking place over real time, death rears it’s head in various forms to the gang. Between the three encounters, Dawn draws the short straw and is exposed to a night of sheer terror that ends in an exorcism.

3. Hush (4.10)

Sunnydale is plagued by silence when The Gentlemen come to town, seeking to claim the hearts of seven unlucky residents. Hush is well deserving of its Emmy win due to its total reliance on music and overall frightening tone.

2. The Body (5.16)

Buffy and her friends struggle to come to terms with the sudden death of Joyce. No matter how many monsters the slayer has fought, nothing could be as terrifying as mortality. Driven by unforgettable performances, The Body offers a fairly accurate representation of grief.

1. Killed by Death (2.18)

During a brief stint in hospital, Buffy pursues the demon terrorising the children’s ward. Killed by Death is eerily reminiscent of A Nightmare on Elm Street down to the Freddy Krueger-like appearance. Earlier episodes of the series generally played on fear with this taking the top spot.

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