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Remember the first four seasons of "Supernatural," where each week there was a new monster, and the threat of the coming apocalypse hadn't started yet? If you miss the monsters, take a trip through "Supernatural" history to remember some of the scary creatures Winchester brothers Dean and Sam faced and defeated.
The Hook Man. Not a real man, like he is in the urban legends of a deranged killer with a hook, this "Hook Man" is actually a ghost out for revenge who kills his victims with a silvery hook. Sam and Dean take him down. (Season 1, Episode 2 "Hook Man")
The Scarecrow. Not made of straw, this Scarecrow is the form taken by a pagan god to get the residents of a farming town to kill visitors to the town. They are told the blood will enrich their soil and ensure a good crop, but the blood means that the Scarecrow can keep his power. Also in this episode, Sam meets Meg the demon for the first time. (Season 1, Episode 11, "Scarecrow")
Bloody Mary. High school friends use the old urban legend to get a friend to say "Bloody Mary" three times into a mirror, and Mary appears and starts her bloody killing spree. She can move through any reflective surface, including a still pool of water. Not a simple ghost, as in the legend, Mary is an evil spirit the boys must destroy before she can be summoned by others. (Season 1, Episode 5, "Bloody Mary")
Imaginary Friend. Sam and Dean visit an inn owned by a mother and daughter, and learn that the child's imaginary friend is actually a demon, or a vengeful spirit, who kills anyone who gets between her and the little girl. (Season 2, Episode 11, "Playthings")
The Shapeshifter. The episode called "Skin" introduces the Shapeshifter; it takes the form of a friend of Sam's who is then accused of a murder the Shapeshifter committed. In the next season, the Shapeshifter returns and commits a string of robberies in a small town, posing as an employee who then commits suicide - but autopsies show the bodies died a couple of days before each "suicide." (Season 1, Episode 6, "Skin" and Season 2, Episode 12, "Night Shifter")
Doc Benton. Doc Benton quit his medical practice in 1816 to find the secret to eternal life, and since then has been drugging people and taking their organs for himself; the by-product seems to be zombies. (Season 3, Episode 15 "Time is on my Side")
Classic Movie Monsters. In a small town's Oktoberfest, people start turning up dead - killed by a vampire, then a werewolf. When a mummy rises, the Winchester brothers figure out that a shapeshifter is becoming the monsters from classic monster movies. (Season 4, Episode 3, "Monster Movie")
The Rugaru. Ordinary family man Jack Montgomery turns into a Rugaru, a human-flesh-eating monster (shades of Wendigo). Infected people don't realize they're infected until they too start craving human flesh. Sam wants to cure him, but Dean thinks he must be killed. Note: "Rugaru" comes from the French phrase loup garou, meaning werewolf. (Season 4, Episode 5, "Metamorphosis")
Since the apocalypse didn't come off the way people expected, maybe viewers will see more monsters as Season 6 continues. "Supernatural" now airs Fridays at 9 pm ET.
(Sources: http://www.cwtv.com/shows/supernatural , http://www.cwtv.com/shows/supernatural/episodes/102 , http://horror.about.com/od/supernatural/a/supernatural1.htm , http://horror.about.com/od/supernatural/a/supernatural2.htm , http://horror.about.com/od/supernatural/a/supernatural3.htm , http://horror.about.com/od/supernatural/a/supernatural4.htm , http://www.tv.com/supernatural/show/30144/summary.html )
- Imaginary Friend
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