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Dracula explains the use of Lucy’s form and I’m too busy watching Dean, who’s going through all sorts of facial expressions, telling us how amazed he is by how bat shit crazy this guy is. I read that the writers have learned to write scenes that play to Jensen and Jared’s strengths and here is no exception. Dean pulls the moral card this time because remember back then, heroes were heroes and villains were villains. All black and white with no grey lines. One dramatic flick of the cape is the proper response from Dracula. This time the villain will win. He is a delusional bastard.  


 
I’m STILL laughing over this next scene. I’m an aficionado of bizarre humor, and this is as good as it gets. Dracula tells of his dastardly plan, and after much over the top monologuing, goes to flip the switch that will cook poor Deano. He does it at a slow, snail’s pace, with the background music rising, and the camera flipping back and forth between devilish villain reaching for the switch and poor Dean struggling against his bonds. Just as Dracula is about to flip the lever, the doorbell rings. This device worked in “A Very Supernatural Christmas” and it really worked here.


 
Dracula goes upstairs into his very normal house and with full costume and accent answers the door. One unimpressed and in a hurry pizza delivery kid wants his money, but Dracula tries the whole act on him, even asking if there’s garlic on the pizza. Kid again protests, Dracula complies, but not without producing a coupon first! What absurdity! This definitely never happened in the classic movies so it must be a Supernatural episode. 


 
Sam goes to the bar, and catches on finally to what's going on by seeing the lipstick napkin. After all, what are smart sidekicks for? 
 
Jamie wakes up on a bed, in Dracula’s bedroom lair, and he has the feast of pizza ready for her. I would have gone for the pizza first and protested to Dracula later. Old days Mina never got a tempting offering like that. All Jamie has to do is put the gown on, the one Mina wore in the old Dracula flicks. She won’t play along, so shapeshifter loses it, breaking his role, and she agrees in fright.


 
There’s Sam!  I remember him! Tall guy, used to be equal co-star of this show, right? He has the gun pointed and does that “ready for imminent attack” stance. The shot has him walking toward the camera, and the closer he gets, the fuzzier he gets until he’s right up to the lens and practically walking through the camera. Sam can walk through me anytime. 

 
After dressing in the gown, the shapeshifter in normal voice gives his heart breaking confession about how he imitates the monsters because he is one and daddy didn’t love him. In the movies monsters were strong, feared, and beautiful and now he’s that way. At first I scratch my head at the speech, but then I remember “Skin”. Jensen as the shapeshifter sold his speech much better. They hear a noise, Jamie screams out for Dean, and lights out for her. Dracula in the movies would have never done that to a woman. I guess that means our villain is a little unstable.


 
Sam knows by now that all bad things happen in the basement. He finds Dean, un-straps him, and manages to work in a Hansel joke in the process. Come on Dean, the amount of times you’ve stuck it to Sam, you had that coming. They come to the supposed solid wooden and steel door and Dean signals Sam to go ahead. Sam lifts that lanky leg of his and kicks right through it, knocking it over. Ha! That makes sense, the door to Frankenstein’s lab being kicked over by Frankenstein’s monster. That also reminds me of a scene of one of my all time favorite films, The Princess Bride, when Andre the Giant easily bangs open the impossible to open door. It seems that’s a requirement only for a giant, and Sam fits the bill.

 
 
They find Dracula’s evil bedroom lair, and Sam is thrown through a fake wall, only to get knocked out by the real one behind it. Apparently he’s Van Helsing. Cool! Dean, still Jonathan Hacker, tries to stop him, but hand to hand with a shapeshifter never works out well. There’s two shots from behind, and we see Jamie with the gun, who makes a direct hit to the chest. Wow, she can shoot too. Marry her Dean! Shapeshifter figures out he’s been hit by silver bullets, and goes for the most overdramatic, overacted, and completely fake death ever. Just like in the movies. Final shot shows him slumped in the gothic chair, villain done.  Fade out with that infamous closing circle.


 
Final scene and dashing hero Dean gets the girl, sealing the affection with a huge kiss. She’s all starry eyed and thanks them both for saving her life. Just like in the movies. ”Hero gets the girl, monster get the gank, all in all a happy ending, with the happy ending nonetheless.” Oh Dean! You didn’t! I guess Dean’s virginity is gone again. A Hollywood leading man would have never said that, but then again, this is Dean Winchester. Sam, still in moral sidekick mode responds, “Classy Dean.”


 
They both feel good about being back in the swing of things (as we all are). Sam actually smiled a few times this episode, so it must be good. Dean contemplates what life would be like if it was a movie, but he would do it different though than “Abbott and Costello meet the monster.” Ha! There’s another reference that’s dead on. Those films were so bad. They were all the same, Costello acting like a total buffoon anytime a big bad monster emerged from behind. He ran like an idiot while Abbott rolled his eyes because Costello was an idiot. I never understood why that was supposed to be funny. Senses of humor were lame in those days. The first great comedy in my mind was The Producers, and that’s only because of “Springtime For Hitler”. Anyway, my point is I’m glad the modern day Supernatural humor was used otherwise this episode wouldn’t have been funny at all.


 
Sam says he knows what film Dean would use to turn life into a movie. Dean claims he doesn’t, but Sam gets it right. Porky’s Two. Ha! Is Porky’s One not raunchy enough? Dean frowns and tells him “lucky guess.” Hokey happy ending music plays and then we get, “The End” followed by “The End”


 
No time for applause though for next is one wicked promo that has me screaming “Why isn’t it next week already!!” Dean, freaking out? Hallucinations of Sam using telekinesis and having yellow eyes? Damn show, why do you keep doing this to me????

 
I gave this episode a grade of A-. A+ for technical perfection, B+ for story. Check out the clip on this site with the Supernatural Surprise #2. That’s supposed to air after “Yellow Fever”. Thursday can’t get here fast enough!
 

Comments  

Tigershire
# Tigershire 2008-10-22 01:56
My friend and I have the same conversation about the whole Soda and Pop thing. Here in Canada most of us say Pop but in Florida they say Soda. Both are right as the whole term is "soda pop" but I digress. Michael Ecklund is the actor who plays our poor Mr. Ed Brewer. If you want to see more of his awesome acting you need to check out his role in Blood Ties. He plays Norman and he's fantastic. I was so excited to see him in this episode. I'm just sorry his part was small.

I loved this episode and I get the giggles just thinking about it. It was a welcome break from the awesome but intense path this season has been on so far. And a note to Dean. Doesn't matter how newly minted your body might be coming out of Hell - you will never, ever be a virgin again. Not with your mind. GRIN

Great review Alice.
Tigershire
# Tigershire 2008-10-22 01:56
My friend and I have the same conversation about the whole Soda and Pop thing. Here in Canada most of us say Pop but in Florida they say Soda. Both are right as the whole term is "soda pop" but I digress. Michael Ecklund is the actor who plays our poor Mr. Ed Brewer. If you want to see more of his awesome acting you need to check out his role in Blood Ties. He plays Norman and he's fantastic. I was so excited to see him in this episode. I'm just sorry his part was small.

I loved this episode and I get the giggles just thinking about it. It was a welcome break from the awesome but intense path this season has been on so far. And a note to Dean. Doesn't matter how newly minted your body might be coming out of Hell - you will never, ever be a virgin again. Not with your mind. GRIN

Great review Alice.
Tonia
# Tonia 2008-10-22 18:53
Great review as always. You write with great insight and humour. Did not enjoy Sam as a sidekick. Even Bob Singer recently said in an interview that Jared was amazing in comedy, so why he was so sparingly used I don't understand. All the other comedy episodes were gems because both boys had equal screen time. As much as I love Jensen and Dean, I am getting bored of the Dean Show and I am more shocked by this statement than anyone.
Tonia
# Tonia 2008-10-22 18:53
Great review as always. You write with great insight and humour. Did not enjoy Sam as a sidekick. Even Bob Singer recently said in an interview that Jared was amazing in comedy, so why he was so sparingly used I don't understand. All the other comedy episodes were gems because both boys had equal screen time. As much as I love Jensen and Dean, I am getting bored of the Dean Show and I am more shocked by this statement than anyone.
vichi
# vichi 2008-10-23 07:23
wow, great as always.I loved this episode and I saw it more than 10 times:-) Not kidding!
vichi
# vichi 2008-10-23 07:23
wow, great as always.I loved this episode and I saw it more than 10 times:-) Not kidding!
Narcissus
# Narcissus 2009-06-20 08:36
My first point is, how many months has it been between this episode and Dean's return from hell? I can't believe Dean, of all people, would wait that long to get laid after coming back from hell! I mean...there must have been countless hot waitresses and bartenders along the way...

Second, the scene in the bar where Dean's tells Jamie what he really does, I always thought he said 'some people pay'. Just checking.

Third, thank goodness they didn't go with the grainy quality pictures, all the better for us to drool at black and white Winchesters! ;-)
Narcissus
# Narcissus 2009-06-20 08:36
My first point is, how many months has it been between this episode and Dean's return from hell? I can't believe Dean, of all people, would wait that long to get laid after coming back from hell! I mean...there must have been countless hot waitresses and bartenders along the way...

Second, the scene in the bar where Dean's tells Jamie what he really does, I always thought he said 'some people pay'. Just checking.

Third, thank goodness they didn't go with the grainy quality pictures, all the better for us to drool at black and white Winchesters! ;-)
elle2
# elle2 2009-06-20 17:41
Hi, Narcissus,

I'm thinking Monster Movie is rather quick in the whole scheme of things. FIrst off this was meant to follow right after Are You There God but it got shuffled back in order to be mytharc heavy the first four. Are You There God is only three days after the end of Lazarus Rising (as stated by Castiel when he speaks with Dean in Bobby's kitchen) and while In The Beginning is possibly a few weeks after that it's likely not much further as Castiel and Dean do not have much of a rapport and and it's not likely he would have waited too long to alert Dean to Sam's 'extracurricula r activities" so a couple of weeks to a month at the most and we know MEtamorphosis is right after that so Monster Movie is perhaps a month after Dean was resurrected...t hat's my guess.

As for the line, yeah, Dean says...some people paint. Maybe an inside joke on painters????
elle2
# elle2 2009-06-20 17:41
Hi, Narcissus,

I'm thinking Monster Movie is rather quick in the whole scheme of things. FIrst off this was meant to follow right after Are You There God but it got shuffled back in order to be mytharc heavy the first four. Are You There God is only three days after the end of Lazarus Rising (as stated by Castiel when he speaks with Dean in Bobby's kitchen) and while In The Beginning is possibly a few weeks after that it's likely not much further as Castiel and Dean do not have much of a rapport and and it's not likely he would have waited too long to alert Dean to Sam's 'extracurricula r activities" so a couple of weeks to a month at the most and we know MEtamorphosis is right after that so Monster Movie is perhaps a month after Dean was resurrected...t hat's my guess.

As for the line, yeah, Dean says...some people paint. Maybe an inside joke on painters????
Lolita
# Lolita 2009-10-12 08:33
Yo! I had not realised Dean and Jamie got it on, until I read the comments. Because, simply, I had never realised what 'with a happy ending nonetheless' meant :shock: Is that like a pun? :oops:
Lolita
# Lolita 2009-10-12 08:33
Yo! I had not realised Dean and Jamie got it on, until I read the comments. Because, simply, I had never realised what 'with a happy ending nonetheless' meant :shock: Is that like a pun? :oops:
Jenny
# Jenny 2009-10-12 10:03
I was re-watching Monster Movie, so funny, and I read this article about it, so funny! What I don't get is why the Shapeshifter would do that lipstick-on-han dkerchief thing, or was that just a BOOM!Clue, suckas moment?
Jenny
# Jenny 2009-10-12 10:03
I was re-watching Monster Movie, so funny, and I read this article about it, so funny! What I don't get is why the Shapeshifter would do that lipstick-on-han dkerchief thing, or was that just a BOOM!Clue, suckas moment?
Lolita
# Lolita 2009-10-12 10:06
Haha, thanks, Alice! You are so ... painfully omniscient. A walking encyclopedia of ... supernatural references :lol:

I liked Jamie! She was cool. She goes down in the trivia books as 'just another one'. When will Dean ever fall in love? :P
Lolita
# Lolita 2009-10-12 10:06
Haha, thanks, Alice! You are so ... painfully omniscient. A walking encyclopedia of ... supernatural references :lol:

I liked Jamie! She was cool. She goes down in the trivia books as 'just another one'. When will Dean ever fall in love? :P