horror: the Buffyverse vampires

Horror makeups: The Buffyverse vampires

For a time Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of the best shows on TV, and it had really good makeup and lots of female characters. I thought it wouldn’t be the same after Buffy died (again) – that maybe it had jumped the shark – but for a while it all seemed to come back together, albeit darker. And Angel was great.

As one of its legacies, Buffy changed the way we expected screen vampires to look. But although vampires were the main enemy in Buffy there were also a significant number of demons – and cases of demonic possession – around, and in Angel demons became the main enemy. Of course, not all supernatural beings – or even all demons – in the Buffyverse were evil. And some of the humans – or apparent humans – had a darker side.

The vampire designs evolved from concepts designs created by the Burman Studios. John Vulich (Optic Nerve FX) was the special makeup effects supervisor from 1997 to 2002; Todd McIntosh was the makeup supervisor from 1997 to 2002. Joel Harlow (Harlow FX) was then responsible for the special makeups on some episodes in the sixth season before Robert Hall (Almost Human) was in charge of the makeup effects, with Dayne Johnson as makeup supervisor, for the remainder of the show’s run.