Sunday, October 19, 2008

Review: Supernatural, Episode 4.5, "Monster Movie"

After beginning the season with four dark mytharc episodes, Supernatural dials down the intensity with a humorous interlude that's a homage to classic Universal horror films like Dracula, The Mummy, and The Wolf Man. As usual when the show needs to lighten up, staff writer Ben Edlund (creator of The Tick, and a former staff writer on Angel and Firefly) is responsible for penning the episode. An Edlund episode never fails to amuse me, and it's just as much fun this time because of the references to some classic genre films that I love.

Director Robert Singer gets into the fun of things with a credits sequence out of a 1930s film, going monochromatic for the entire episode (black-and-white with a slight blue-green tint), and taking a few camera setups right out of the classics the episode's referencing (I caught one from James Whale's Frankenstein).

Good fun. Now back to the dark mytharc.

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