Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)
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Killed by Death 

While hospitalized with a severe case of the flu, Buffy battles a demon that sucks the life out of sick children.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Buffy Summers
... Xander Harris
... Willow Rosenberg
... Cordelia Chase
... Angelus
... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
... Joyce Summers
... Dr. Stanley Backer
... Security Guard
Andrew Ducote ... Ryan
... Dr. Wilkinson
... Intern
... Little Buffy Summers
Denise Johnson ... Celia
... Der Kindestod


Buffy barely survives Angelus' latest attack because she falls prey to a very common enemy: influenza, an epidemic among Sunnydale Highs students. Yet in hospital, a place she fears since she was alone with a dying close cousin aged 8, she lends credence to children who claim there is a killer invisible to adults which comes at night, they call Death. Initially Giles is skeptic, but after Buffy, who suspected Dr. Stanley Backer who has a dodgy record, experienced it herself, the monster is found out to be an actual child killer (Kindestod in German) which Buffy should slay... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

3 March 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ryan is not the first young boy to peer at Buffy in the shadows. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Nightmares (1997), Buffy sees Billy, a local boy in a coma, walking around school. See more »


At eleven minutes in, as Buffy shuffles down the hospital corridor, on the ceiling behind her you can see a lighting instrument with a black shroud around it to direct its light and mask it from the camera. See more »


[on how to kill Der Kinderstod]
Buffy Summers: Thought I might try violence.
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Written by Nerf Herder
Performed by Brandon K. Verrett
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Better than the IMDb Rating
12 July 2018 | by See all my reviews

I had fond memories of this episode, and upon rewatching it, it hooked me even more. I really don't understand why this isn't one of the better regarded episodes in the fan base, but I guess it will just remain a personal favorite.

I thought the character work was particularly engaging, even compared to surrounding episodes, the atmosphere was tense and held me in a grip that didn't let up till he credits.

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