Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Horror Genre
Typically the Horror or more specifically Vampire genre will have the
theme good vs. evil where the hero represents good and the villain
represents evil. This is consistent in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as
Buffy is the hero and the evil vampires she slays (in this episode
Glory/Ben) represent evil. There is also a cliché within this genre
where good is always triumphant over evil. Buffy in this episode
conforms to this cliché but with a twist; which is also typical of the
Genre, good triumphs over evil in the end but not without a sacrifice.
Although Buffy contains many of the conventions that are typical of
the horror genre it also contains many conventions which are
associated with other genres making it multi generic. From this
episode we can see that it contains references to the Kung-Fu genre
from the fight scenes and also the Teen Genre as there are romances
between characters and typical teen language is used 'smart chicks are
Obviously as the hero Buffy is the main character in this programme.
However, a superhero is normally a man in his mid 20s-30s who tries to
save the victim the victim who is stereotypically a teenage girl. This
is Ironic as Buffy is that innocent looking Blonde teenage girl. In
this episode Buffy tries to save her sister Dawn for Glory/Ben who
wants to bleed her to death in order to open the portal between our
world and the evil dimension.
There is also a romance within this episode of the Horror genre.
Typically a romance takes place between the hero and the victim but in
this case the hero rescues her sister and the main romance occurs
between two women; Tyra and Willow. However, Tyra is also a victim
atone stage as Glory made her brain-dead, Willowacts as a hero by
helping her regain normality and this is typical of one of the main
conventions of the horror genre.
There is something unusual about the villain in this episode of Buffy
in so much as she has taken on the body of an innocent teenage boy
called Ben meaning Buffy faces a moral dilemma (moral dilemmas are
typical of this genre) when trying to eradicate Glory's threat. Buffy
decides she cannot
take a human life (Ben) even if it ensures the safety of the world
proving her to be a hero that holds a strong grip on her morals.
However, another group member ; Giles who from his appearance looks
clever takes a different course of action to the problem; he decides
the only way is to kill Glory/Ben and with this he slowly suffocates
the severely injured Ben . This provides the audience with a tear
Typical stock characters of a horror film include Vampires, Goblins,
Zombies and innocent Victims. In this episode of Buffy we see only one
of these stock characters: Goblins. The Goblins are typically ugly