Continuing on my quest to watch television shows that I somehow missed when I was younger, I’m watching “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. It’s got a bit of hokeyness to it, but all in all, it’s pretty good.
I just got finished watching Season 4, Episode 10, “Hush”. The basic premise is that there are these monsters known only as The Gentlemen and they steal people’s voices so they can’t scream and then they do what every good monster would and cut out your heart. As a result, a lot of the episode is done in complete silence. It’s really a testimony to how much can be expressed without words.
But that’s not what this post is about. I want to talk about The Gentlemen. I don’t think I’ve seen a creepier monster on television or even in movies. They are tall with mottled grey skin and emaciated, elongated faces. Their mouths are frozen in a wide clownish grin with lips so wide apart their gums show. They dress in black suits and ties with white button down shirts and pocket squares. They float five inches off the ground with arms extended out from the elbow menacingly towards you with hands shaped into claws. They are perfectly silent. They will haunt your nightmares.