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8. Baba Yaga

The What: Baba Yaga is a powerful witch in Slavic culture.  She flies around on a giant broomstick or in a giant mortar (the herb-crushing kind, not the battlefield weapon kind), lives in a hut that stands on chicken legs, and kidnaps and eats small children.  In other words, she's a delight.

How It Could Work In An Episode: Remember how creepy the striga was?  Yeah, imagine that but now like 10 times more powerful and horrible.  That's really all you need to say!  But what if, perhaps, she targeted Ben?  That would really amp up the tension and horror.

7. The Sandman

The What: The Sandman is a mythical being who brings pleasant dreams to children by sprinkling magic sand on their eyes as they sleep.  That eye crust that you have when you wake up is supposed to be the work of The Sandman.  Of course, not every myth and legend has him playing so benevolent a role.  He's also the bringer of nightmares in some stories.

How It Could Work In An Episode:
The Sandman could be a really cool Dr. Jeckyll/Mr. Hyde character.  He could be all nice and send pleasant dreams but then snap and give people more and more horrific nightmares.  Sam and Dean would have to help him figure out how to rid himself of his evil nightmare-giving part.  Bonus points for the opportunity to use Metallica's song "Enter Sandman" the first time he turns into the evil Sandman.

6. Banshee

The What: A banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology that is usually a death omen or a messenger of the afterlife.  She can appear in various forms, usually as an old woman or a young and beautiful woman, but her most consistent characteristic is her mourning call.  A banshee will wail when someone is about to die.

How It Could Work In An Episode: Banshees have to be the second-scariest death omen there is.  Really, how freaked would you be if you saw this howling spirit woman?  I for one would freak the heck out.  I think it would be cool if she was heard but not seen for a while, like Sam and Dean could hear the wail but couldn't find its source.  And then when they do, banshee!  Also, this is another monster I've been afraid of since childhood thanks to "Darby O'Gill and the Little People."


# Mardem 2010-08-12 23:09
About the Bogeyman: I thought something different. What if we saw a flashback (woohoo!) of the monster in Sam's closet? It could have been the Bogeyman, who knows! Weechesters are always good.
# Jasminka 2010-08-13 05:10
These are definitely my favourites, Flamey - thanks so much for Baba Yaga (my grannie used to scare me with it when I was a kid, ahem), and I'd like to be the succubus... weirdo me... :lol:

All these are destined to give me nightmares. You are cruel - but I love you for it.
:o Jas
# Randal 2010-08-13 10:19
Unsurprisingly, I'm definitely in favor of #2. Jas, behave yourself. ;-)

Great conclusion and now I'm thinking of possible others: nagas, gargoyles, homunculus. Hell, how about even a mermaid, I'm thinking of the creepy one from that old episode of Night Gallery.
# elle2 2010-08-13 10:44

You have given us a wonderful article (both parts)! I really like how you've taken the creatures and given ideas of how they could work in the show, so much so that it has me hoping that many of these we will see.

They've mentioned a succubus once (I think in Sin City between Dean and Ritchie) and there are just so many ways these could be worked into the show...I'll be watching (of course) and hoping that we see some aspects of them.

Thank you so much for this!
# Bevie 2010-08-13 14:22
These are all great ideas!

I really like the Succubus. The shirts should really come off with this bad lady. She could play the boys against each other and cause angsting galore. :shock:

The Bogeyman and the Shadow People are really creepy and I'd love to see how the boys would defeat finally or temporarily these two menaces.

Mothman has creeped me out for years since I read a lot of books about him and he really was bizarre. He could be shown briefly and not need a lot of special effects. He is high on my list.

Baba Yaga and the Banshee could also be great episodes.

Really great list Aredeospina! Lots of fun to think about. Could keep fan fics going for years to come. :o
# Tigershire 2010-08-13 16:12
I'm likely to sound like a broken record by now but my all time wish is for the Headless Horseman to make an appearance on the show. He is scary, he rides an awesome horse, and it would hopefully mean seeing Sam and Dean riding horses as well.

However, all your monsters and ideas sound intreguing Aredeospina. As for the Succubus, they could even have succubus/incubu s as one creature (however it would then be very similar to the siren..hmmm) going after both men and women.......

Rergardless, this list of yours has me hyped up even more for Season 6.
# kasu 2010-08-14 08:01
Kitsune picture is Korea legendary fox. Kitsune is Gu Miho. You need research.
# KASU 2010-08-14 08:20
kitsune is korea, china and japan legendary fox. kitsune have a variety of name. especially, korea name is gu-miho.
# Julie 2010-08-16 04:46
Thank you Arde , you put a lot of workinto this one.
It is a fascinating list with some `monsters` that I had never heard of. I remember reading ` Day of the Triffids` at school and being freaked out by it so although the idea of Killer Plants may seem slightly ridiculous , it resonated with me.
The fact you found so many creatures and nasty things out there shows how much material there is still to be explored, we could keep going for years !
But I am sorry you will never convince me number 7 is scary :D Ju
# Ardeospina 2010-08-16 22:51
Mardem, I like that idea a whole lot. Weechesters! Really spot on there. Too bad Colin Ford is getting a bit too old to play Sam for a Bogeyman story. He really IS young Sam.

Liebes, Baba Yaga is way more creepy than the Bogeyman, I think. I'm glad she wasn't a popular scare tactic in the States. Sorry about the nightmares, though! Just remember, a ring of salt will protect you...that or two good-looking guys armed with shotguns.

Randal, I am not surprised! But you see how high I placed it on my list, so I obviously want to see that monster, too. Maybe they could bring back Casey...

Elle2, thanks! They did mention a succubus in Sin City. I totally forgot about that. So they do exist in the SPN 'verse. Writers, get on it!

Bevie, I'm so glad I'm not the only one absolutely terrified by the Mothman. It is terifying! And you're right on with the special effects, as he doesn't need to be around much to create the maximum amount of fear. Easy on the budget, that one.

Tigershire, HEADLESS HORSEMAN! YES!!! Really good one. I'd like to see how his 1 horsepower matched up with the Impala! Hee. And I'm glad you're even more pumped for season 6 now. I myself am getting more excited by the day.

Shauna_mc_m, The Demon Bride sounds pretty cool, in a very creepy sort of way. It sounds a little like a woman in white, and I thought that was a pretty cool monster, especially for the first episode!

Kasu, I did not intentionally mean to leave anyone out, so thanks for pointing out the Korean version of the Kitsune. I was only familiar with the Japanese legend.

Julie, killer plants does sound kind of silly now, but man, I was pretty terrified of them growing up. I think that movie is the reason I generally dislike horror movies. It was the noise they made! Ugh. The Sandman isn't scary for you? Why ever not? ;-) Perhaps you can think of this version during rehearsal to keep a straight face...

Dany, thanks! Banshees and leprechauns sound like they could be fun together. Why not? Make it an all Irish episode for St. Patrick's Day. I'm telling you, the Sandman could definitely be scary! You're super vulnerable in your dreams...