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Every Classic Monster Featured In Supernatural's "Monster Movie"

Supernatural loved to pay homage to classic horror films, perhaps never better than in the creature packed "Monster Movie" episode. Over the course of Sam and Dean Winchester's fifteen seasons saving people, hunting things, and continuing the family business, they encountered - and usually killed - just about every otherworldly threat known to exist in their world. They fought angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, djinns, shape-shifters, witches, and even Satan and God themselves, and that's just scratching the surface.

One would think Sam and Dean Winchester might want to avoid monsters in their leisure time, but it was made clear on many occasions Dean Winchester is quite the horror fan, finding chilling out with a fright flick to be a great way to relax. Sam isn't as big a fan, but he still has a good working knowledge of the genre. This has led to lots of great in-jokes and meta references designed to delight the horror devotees watching at home, while viewed through the lens of in-universe fans.

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"Monster Movie," which aired as part of Supernatural season 4, was one of the best instances of this type of fan-service indulgence, with Sam and Dean battling a shape-shifting demon who is terrorizing a small town during Oktoberfest. The demon is taking the guise of classic movie monsters to do its dirty work, and the episode itself is even presented in black and white, like an old Universal horror film.

Over the course of "Monster Movie," the shape-shifting baddie Sam and Dean battle turns into three classic movie monsters: a mummy, a werewolf, and a vampire, in this case named as Dracula. Diehard horror viewers will no doubt recognize right away that these transformations are callbacks to the Universal Pictures classics The Mummy (1932), The Wolf Man (1941), and Dracula (1931). There's also a sequence in which Dracula straps Dean down and attempts to electrocute him that draws directly from Frankenstein (1931). Additionally, the villain transforms itself into a woman named Lucy, another Dracula reference.

In an interesting but perhaps indirect nod, the shape-shifting alien abomination at the center of Stephen King's IT novel also transformed into a mummy, a werewolf, and Dracula, and at one point, Dean brings up The Creature from the Black Lagoon. IT turned into the Gillman in the book as well, making this episode a possible King reference too. When Dean and Sam finally kill their foe in "Monster Movie," he utters the ending line from King Kong about beauty killing the beast, proving his own love for classic cinema. The whole episode is one of Supernatural's best, and is sure to delight horror fans young and old.

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