Monday, February 23, 2009

Honourable Mentions: Supernatural – Monster Movie – Season 4

the golden age of title screensThis was the fifth episode of Season 4 of Supernatural, directed by Robert Singer, and was a comedy/novelty episode. In this case it was a Halloween episode and was shot in Black and White, with early talkies style credits, as it was most definitely a nod to the old (Universal) monster movies of yore. As such we get appearances by The Mummy, the Wolfman and Dracula (Todd Stashwick).

fang marksThe episode begins with Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) visiting a town – during Oktoberfest – as they have picked up on a murder involving a bitten neck and drained blood. Disguised as feds they view the body and decide it isn’t really their sort of case – the body has two neat puncture wounds. In the Supernatural mythos the vampires have a second set of razor sharp teeth, not just two fangs. They decide it is some sort of sicko killer and they are nearly right. However, before they leave there is an attack reportedly by the Wolfman and they decide to stay – which gives Dean chance to pursue the comely bar wench Jamie (Melinda Sward).

going for JamieWhen Jamie is pursued by Dracula – who calls her Mina and claims that she is his reincarnated bride – Dean intervenes (and is called Harker for his troubles) and manages to pull an ear off the fiend before he escapes... on a scooter. Now Dean knows what they are dealing with, a shapeshifter... but who could it be? Shapeshifters can take the form of most anyone, though this one has a thing for the old monster movies.

in lederhosenThe show culminates with a lederhosen wearing Dean, strapped down for some Frankenstein styled electrocution, Jamie forced to wear a suitable dress for Dracula’s bride and Sam coming to the rescue (and being referred to as Van Helsing). All in a cardboard cut out castle. To some degree I was reminded of Fade to Black, though the killer in that was wholly human – the obsession with movies was the same. Obviously there are references to Dracula , the idea of Dracula searching for his reincarnated love with first dealt with in Dan Curtis’ take on Dracula, which Robert Singer was an associate producer of. All in all a decent comedy episode for the fans.

The episode’s imdb page is here.


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