An Analysis Of The Elements Of Horror In "Hush"

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Buffy Summers is a fictional character in the U.S. TV series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer". She is "The Chosen One". Buffy lives in a small town in the U.S.A. called Sunnydale. Buffy shares a dormitory with her best friend, Willow, who is a witch. Giles is Buffy's 'watcher'. He trained Buffy when she first became the Slayer, and now guides her when she has decisions to make. Xander is one of Buffy's friends, he is really quite a comical character because he is quick witted and sarcastic. His girlfriend is called Anya, an ex-demon who is 1,000 years old. Riley is Buffy's 'love interest'. He works in a secret organisation called, 'The Initiative'. He doesn't know that Buffy is the Slayer, and Buffy doesn't know that Riley works for 'The Initiative'. Spike is an English Vampire. 'The Initiative' have put a special micro-chip into Spikes head to stop him harming humans. He has a different type of sarcastic tendency to his character than Xander and Anya, because he has an English accent. This is the first and only appearance of Olivia, Giles' lady friend and also Tara's first appearance. Tara is in Willow's Wicca group and is a genuine witch.I am analysing the Elements of Horror in "Hush". In this episode, Sunnydale gets overrun with 'fairytale' monsters called 'The Gentlemen'. They come to the town to try and steal the hearts of seven people, but before this happens, they steal all of the voices and put them into a box."Can't even shout, Can't even cry, The Gentlemen Are coming by. Looking in windows, Knocking on doors, They need to take seven And they might take yours!"These are some of the words from a lullaby that Buffy hears in a dream.The elements of horror in this episode are helped by the lighting. Darkness is a key component in "Hush". Most 'horror' scenes happen in darkness, which makes everything more dramatic. Shadows help make things scary because it makes the characters become wary of their surroundings and makes it seem like there is something creeping up from behind them. Most of the scenes are set at night.The silence in this episode is used extremely well. From when the Sunnydale residences' voices are taken away, to the end of the episode, there are lots of sound effects being used as well as the addition of 'scary music'. For example, they are all in the lecture theatre when Giles is telling them what is happening, who 'The Gentlemen' are and why they are in Sunnydale, and playing in the background is the 'Danse Macabre', cello's and violins are the main instruments used. There is also a lot of wind when they are outside fighting. This also helps to set the 'horror' scene.'The Gentlemen' wear suits to give the impression of undertakers, which is another element of horror, and their henchmen are dressed in straight-jackets, which...

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