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Buffy The Vampire Slayer-Analysis Of Dead Mans Party Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a programme in the comedyhorror genre This genre has distinct conventions all of these are displayed in BTVS There are the strong horror elements that you would find in a straight horror film or series These are the moments that make the viewer jump for example two characters bumping in to each other or sudden attacks on the main characters There are also the gory or horrific moments such as the revealing of a monster or a murder taking place As well as these character and plot conventions there are story and visual conventions that are followed On the visual side there is a lot of darkness in horror productions and often special effects for the monster The story lines of horror productions regularly feature lots of mythology regarding the monster usually but sometimes also for the principle characters and settings The comedy element of the programme follows the conventions of comedyhorror films such as Scream The characters do take their situation seriously but often laugh at how ridiculous their situation is The characters also have a knowledge of horror films and other media that you would not find in straight horror productions The lack of a laughter track allows the drama and comedy to blend easily The production takes the format of a 45 minute television programme It is produced in America and so has spaces for advert breaks these are shown as a moment of darkness when shown on BBC2 as the channel does not show adverts A typical programme will run as follows PROGRAMME START An event will summon a daemonmonster of some kind TITLES We see the aftermath of the pre-title event and the beginning of Buffys investigation Buffy and her friends will investigate with the help of Giles The investigation will establish how and why the daemonmonster is present and how
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