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Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Oz visit a haunted house on campus for Halloween. Not only is the house truly haunted, but they soon find themselves trapped inside with each of their own fears manifesting into reality.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x4
Production Number: 4ABB04
Airdate: Tuesday October 26th, 1999
Network: WB

Director: Tucker Gates
Writer: David Fury


  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kristine Sutherland
As Joyce Summers
Recurring
Marc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Recurring
Emma Caulfield
As Anya
Recurring
Adam Kaufman
As Parker Abrams
Recurring
Lindsay Crouse
As Maggie Walsh
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Marc Rose
As Josh
Aldis Hodge
As Masked Teen
Walter Jones
As Edward (credited as Walter Emanuel Jones)
Adam Bitterman
As Gachnar
Adam Grimes
As Lobster Boy
Darris Love
As Hallmate
Larissa Reynolds
As Present Girl
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Seth Green
As Daniel "Oz" Osbourne
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.8/9 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 2nd out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 4.1 in the national rating.

Ranked 89 out of 137 prime time shows.

Guest star Darris Love would later have a minor occurring role in Season 2 of Angel.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
28 DaysLA Tune 
Third Grade TeacherOw Ow Ow 
VerbenaPretty Please 


Episode Quotes
Buffy: Will, let's be realistic here, okay? Your basic spells are usually only about 50/50.
Willow: Oh, yeah? Well... so's your face!

Giles: (reading from the book) "The summong spell of Gachnar can be shut down in one of two ways. Destroying the mark of Gachnar..."
(Buffy punches through the floor, tearing up boards with the symbol on it)
Giles: "...is not one of them and will, in fact, immediately bring forth the fear demon itself."

Buffy: This is Gachnar?
Xander: Big overture. Little show.
Gachnar: I am the dark lord of nightmares. The bringer of terror! Tremble before me. Fear me!
Willow: He... He's so cute!
Gachnar: Tremble!
Xander: Who's the little fear demon? Come on, who's the little fear demon?
Giles: Don't taunt the fear demon.
Xander: Why, can he hurt me?
Giles: No. It's just... tacky.

Buffy: There is no problem that cannot be solved by chocolate.
Willow: I think I'm gonna barf.
Buffy: Except that.

Giles: Bloody hell! The inscription.
Buffy: What's the matter?
Giles: I should've translated the Gaelic inscription underneath the illustration of Gachnar.
Buffy: What's it say?
Giles: "Actual size."



Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Supervising ProducerMarti Noxon
ProducerGareth Davies  |  David Fury
Co-ProducerDavid Solomon  |  Jane Espenson
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerRichard Gershman
First Assistant DirectorAlan Steinman
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerEd Duffy
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorGolda Savage
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Kurt Kassulke
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Art DirectorCaroline Quinn-Decker
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantDiego Gutierrez (1)  |  Charles Murray (4)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
 
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