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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Listening to Fear (2000)

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 5: Episode 9 -- A spider-like Queller demon arrives in Sunnydale and begins killing mental patients at the hospital just as Joyce is admitted for her surgery.


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Original Air Date:
28 November 2000 (Season 5, Episode 9)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
David Solomon 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Rebecca Sinclair (written by) (as Rebecca Rand Kirshner)

Produced by
Marc David Alpert .... co-producer
Gail Berman .... executive producer
Gareth Davies .... producer
Jane Espenson .... producer
David Fury .... supervising producer
Sandy Gallin .... executive producer
David Greenwalt .... consulting producer
Fran Rubel Kuzui .... executive producer
Kaz Kuzui .... executive producer
Marti Noxon .... co-executive producer
John F. Perry .... co-producer
Douglas Petrie .... co-producer
David Solomon .... producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Thomas Wanker 
Cinematography by
Michael Gershman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Basinski 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Jennifer Fishman 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Production Design by
Carey Meyer 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
Costume Design by
Cynthia Bergstrom 
Makeup Department
Robin Beauchesne .... makeup artist
Gloria Pasqua Casny .... hair stylist
Steve Fink .... special makeup effects coordinator
Todd McIntosh .... makeup supervisor
Michael Moore .... key hair stylist
Brigette A. Myre .... makeup artist (as Brigette Myre-Ellis)
Lisa Marie Rosenberg .... hair stylist
John Vulich .... special makeup effects supervisor
Sean Kenney .... lens technician (uncredited)
Production Management
John F. Perry .... unit production manager
Brian Wankum .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Athena Alexander .... second assistant director
Michael Cedar .... first assistant director
Art Department
Bryan Corbett .... propmaker gangboss
Keith A. Cuba .... leadman (as Keith Cuba)
Randy Eriksen .... property master
Steven Fidler .... construction coordinator (as Steve Fidler)
Lisa Gamel .... paint foreman
Kelly Schultz .... set dresser (1998-2002)
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer
Dylan J. Hay-Chapman .... set dresser (uncredited)
Damon Hight .... general foreman (uncredited)
David Ronan .... assistant propmaster (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Cleary .... sound effects editor
Kurt Kassulke .... re-recording mixer
Tom Perry .... re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
Adam Sawelson .... re-recording mixer
David Yaffe .... production sound mixer (as David Barr Yaffe)
Mike Marchain .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bruce Minkus .... special effects coordinator
Steve Fink .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Rick Baumgartner .... visual effects producer
Loni Peristere .... visual effects supervisor
Deb Santosa .... visual effects artist
David Leitch .... stunts
John Medlen .... stunt coordinator
Edward Conna .... stunt double (uncredited)
Chris Daniels .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Christopher Leps .... stunts (uncredited)
Katie Rowe .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Tartalia .... stunt double: Spike (uncredited)
Scott Workman .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Cooney .... key grip (as Ronn Cooney)
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator
Chris Strong .... chief lighting technician
Eric Blackburn .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Kris Krosskove .... camera operator (uncredited)
Eric Parker .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Tim Speed .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Daniel Taylor .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Marshall Valentine .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lonnie Hamerman .... casting associate
Marcia Shulman .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nickolaus Brown .... costumer
Cindy Rosenthal .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Marilyn McMahon Adams .... assistant editor (as Marilyn Adams)
Tamara Becher .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Aaron Miller .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Location Management
Peter M. Robarts .... location manager
Music Department
Fernand Bos .... music editor
Tim Isle .... music editor
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator (as Robert Ellis)
Charles 'Aloha Boy' Reed .... driver
Other crew
Cathy Carr .... production coordinator
David H. Goodman .... script coordinator (as David Goodman)
Diego Gutierrez .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Rhonda Hyde .... script supervisor
Jaimie Linn .... Stand-in for Alyson Hannigan
George Montgomery .... title designer
J.D. Peralta .... assistant: Marti Noxon (as JD Peralta)
Edwin L. Perez .... production auditor
Kelly Wheeler .... assistant: Gareth Davies
Jessica Aichs .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Hill .... set medic (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joss Whedon  created by

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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Joyce learns about Dawn's true self.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: (at around 40 mins) Willow, Xander, Tara, Anya and Giles leave Riley to continue checking out the scene, but someone in a beige coat standing to the left of the frame can be seen.See more »
Riley Finn:[Riley is scraping out slime out of someone's mouth with a pen and everyone recoils from the smell] Ugh. That might be toxic. Don't touch it.
Xander Harris:Oh yeah, touching it was my first impulse. Luckily I've moved on to my second which involves dry heaving and running like hell. Oh man, does that smell.
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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The Demon from Outer Space, 3 October 2007
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While Buffy and Dawn stay with Joyce in the hospital, Giles, Willow and Xander patrol the cemetery chasing vampires and Riley continues in his process of transformation in a vampire. Later, while watching the stars, Tara and Willow see a meteor crashing nearby Sunnydale. The Scooby group realizes that a demon called Queller has just landed on Earth. Joyce returns home since her surgery will occur only two days after, and the Queller arrives in the hospital attacking crazy people. Due to the compression of the tumor to her brain, Joyce acts strange having hallucinations, but she also sees the truth about Dawn and makes Buffy promise that she will take care of Dawn if she dies in the surgery. When the Queller arrives at Joyce's home chasing her, Buffy fights with it to save Joyce and Dawn.

In this episode, a demon with appearance of an insect is summoned by Ben to destroy the people that Glory sucked the brain, but his motives are not disclosed. Dawn is still an annoying character, and Willow gives the best lines of the episode with her tiny, young, woman and Jewish Santa Claus. Spike, as usual, is also hilarious snooping into Buffy's house fool for love for her, being startled with her presence. I am curious with the behavior of Riley, being constantly bitten and sucked by female vampires, and who is Ben. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Ouvindo o Medo" ("Listening to the Fear")

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