Stephen King

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Stephen King is a hugely popular and critically acclaimed American author whose name is synonymous with horror and dark fantasy. He has written over 60 novels and 200 short stories, many of which have been adapted into movies and TV series. The influence of his works permeates Supernatural - from inspiration for monsters to visual references and quotes from Dean.

The bar scene from The Shining, and the bar scene from "Playthings."

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Carrie

Carrie White has an abusive home and gets bullied at school, and eventually exacts revenge using her telekinetic powers.

1.02 Wendigo

In Sam's nightmare, the visual of the hand coming up out of Jessica's grave and snatching his wrist calls to mind the end of the 1976 movie [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_(1976_film) Carrie, based on the novel by Stephen King.

The Shining

Jack Torrance takes his family to an isolated inn so he can finish his novel. His young son Danny, has creepy visions of past and future evil events at the hotel. Jack becomes influenced by a supernatural presence and descends into madness, eventually turning on his family in a murderous rage.

1.09 Home

Dean's comment when Sam first reveals he is having psychic visions.

Dean: I mean, first you tell me that you’ve got the Shining? And then you tell me that I’ve gotta go back home?


Characters in the novel The Shining, refer to their psychic "gift" as the Shining, hence the title.

Cymbalmonkey.jpg

The cymbal-banging toy monkey seen in the nursery could be an homage to the toy evil monkey in the Stephen King short story The Monkey.

Dean hacking away at the front door with an axe and then peering inside the hole is reminiscent of the famous Jack Nicholson's scene from the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie The Shining, albeit without famous catchphrase.

1.10 Asylum

Dean theorizes about what happens to people who spend time in the haunted Roosevelt Asylum.

Dean: Spirits driving them insane. Kind of like my man Jack in The Shining.

1.18 Something Wicked

The old woman in the hospital is in Room 237. In The Shining, Room 237 is the mystery-shrouded room, where Jack encounters the ghost of a young woman that turns into an old woman.

2.01 In My Time of Dying

Over the hospital P.A. Dean hears an announcement calling "Dr. Kripke to Room 237" for a code blue. He races to the room to see a reaper take the soul of a young girl.

3.16 No Rest for the Wicked

Dean: What, are you gonna give her the Carrie-stare and Lilith goes poof?
A reference to the character Carrie from the Stephen King novel of the same name.

2.07 The Usual Suspects

Dean: Well, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

  • When he and Sam were looking at a printout page of the word danashulps written over and over, Dean said "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," a reference to the famous phrase Jack Nicholson's character typed for hundreds of pages.



Dean: Tony Giles saw it. I'll bet you cash money Karen did too. But see, the interesting thing is the word it leaves behind. For some reason it's trying to tell us something. But communicating across the vale, it ain't easy. You know, sometimes the spirits, they, they get things jumbled. You remember "REDRUM." Same concept. You know, it's, uh, maybe word fragments... other times, it's anagrams. See, at first we thought this was a name, Dana Shulps. But now we think it's a street. Ashland. Whatever's going on, I'll bet you it started there.

  • When he was 'confessing' he talked about messages from spirits being jumbled as anagrams, and uses Redrum as an example. Redrum is murder spelled backwards and appears written in blood on the inn walls.

2.09 Croatoan

The doctor tells Dean that the nearest town, forty miles away, is Sidewinder. In The Shining the events occur in the Overlook Hotel which is 40 miles from Sidewinder.

Doctor: It's about forty miles down to Sidewinder.

2.11 Playthings

There are multiple references to The Shining throughout the episode. Dean and Sam stay in room 237, the twin girls, the low tracking shots throughout the inn's halls are redolent of similar cinematography, and the scene in which Dean wanders into the inn bar to talk to Sherwin is reminiscent of a scene in the film. The room number 237 was also referenced in 1.18 Something Wicked

Maggie Thompson's dialogue is reminiscent of the twins' famously creepy line in The Shining "Come and play with us Danny. Forever and ever and ever."

Maggie: We can have lots of tea parties. Forever and ever and ever.

3.01 The Magnificent Seven

Pride: Here’s Johnny!
Famous Jack Nicholson quote from The Shining said as he chops thru a door with an axe, in a mocking interpretation of the introduction of late night show host Johnny Carson.

3.03 Bad Day at Black Rock

The hunter Kubrick is probably a shout-out to Stanley Kubrick director of The Shining.

3.11 Mystery Spot

Sam hacking away at the wall with the axe is somewhat similar to a famous scene in The Shining.

4.14 Sex and Violence

Dean and Sam discussing a murder:

Dean: Sounds like Ozzie and Harriet.
Sam: More like The Shining.

6.11 Appointment in Samarra

'Bobby: Don't say, 'Here's Johnny.
Bobby is referring to the iconic moment in the Kubrick movie The Shining, when Jack Nicholson's character chops into a door with an axe, looks through the hole he's made, and calls out "Here's Johnny!" a play on late night show host Johnny Carson's catchphrase.

7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo

Charlie's apartment is #237.

8.11 LARP and the Real Girl

While explaining away the uncharacteristically early arrival of the "FBI", Dean makes another reference to the phrase "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy":

Dean: Well, the FBI is all work... no play.

10.03 Soul Survivor

The scene of Dean breaking down the door to the Bunker's electrical room is an homage to the famous scene of Jack Torrance in the movie.

11.05 Thin Lizzie

Wendy: And... Now we're in The Shining.

13.14 Good Intentions

After Donatello Redfield has been corrupted by the demon tablet, and locked in the Bunker's dungeon, Dean questions:

Dean: All right. What else do we know besides all work and no play makes Donatello a homicidal boy?

IT

A group of children a terrorised by an evil creature that appears as the things of which they are most afraid.

2.02 Everybody Loves a Clown

The Rakshasa is similar to the creature in Stephen King's novel It, a monster that also hibernates for a stretch of time and appears as a clown.

7.14 Plucky Pennywhistle's Magical Menagerie

The name "Pennywhistle" may be a parody of Pennywise, the evil fanged clown in Stephen King's novel (and subsequent movie) It.

Pet Semetary

A grieving father forgets the lesson that waht's dead should stay dead. But to be fair so did the Winchesters.

2.04 Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

Dean: What you brought back isn't even your daughter anymore. These things are vicious, they're violent, they're so nasty they rot the ground around them. I mean, come on, haven't you seen "Pet Sematary"?

A reference to the Stephen King novel Pet Sematary in which a grieving father buries his young son's body in an ancient Indian burial ground and it comes back as a zombie.

Cujo

Cujo is a novel about a family's pet that is bitten by a rabid bat and goes on a killing rampage.

2.17 Heart

Dean: I'd say Kurt's looking more and more like our Cujo.

5.06 I Believe the Children Are Our Future

The babysitter Amber is watching the 1983 horror film Cujo.

7.04 Defending Your Life

Dean: So what, he causes so much misery that some dog goes Cujo on him from beyond the grave?

12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

Dean: All right, Crowley and I are gonna hit the woods, see if we can't track down Cujo. You stick with Sam. He'll keep you safe.

2.17 Heart

Dean: I’d say Kurt’s looking more and more like our Cujo.

7.04 Defending Your Life

Dean: So what, he causes so much misery that some dog goes Cujo on him from beyond the grave?
Bob Singer, who directed this episode, was a producer on the movie Cujo. This may be a double reference to Stephen King - Misery and Cujo were the names of two of his novels. A third novel by Stephen King, Christine, was also referenced in the episode.

11.11 Into the Mystic

Dee Wallace, who played Mildred Baker, is a legendary genre actress who starred in the 1983 adaptation of Stephen King's Cujo which was produced by Robert Singer.

12.15 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

Dean: All right, Crowley and I are gonna hit the woods, see if we can't track down Cujo. You stick with Sam. He'll keep you safe.

The Dead Zone

3.02 The Kids Are Alright

Ruby: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. That's right. Ding-dong, the demon's dead. Good job with that. It doesn't change the fact that you're special ... in that Anthony Michael Hall E.S.P. visions kind of way.

Anthony Michael Hall played Johnny Smith in The Dead Zone, a man who became psychic after being in a coma for six years and uses his new abilities to solve crimes. The show is based on a novel by the same name by Stephen King.

Misery

Writer Paul Sheldon is held captive, tortured and forced to write for his 'number one fan' Annie Wilkes.

4.18 The Monster at the End of This Book

Chuck: Is this some kind of Misery thing? Ah, it is, isn't it? It's a "Misery" thing!

Chuck when Dam and Dean track him down.

7.08 Season Seven, Time for a Wedding!

The scene where Becky has Sam held captive and tied to the bed references what Annie does to Paul Sheldon (minus the torture).

Christine

The story about a car, Christine, which is possessed by supernatural forces and kills people.

5.05 Fallen Idols

Sam: Is this like Christine?
Christine is a novel about a possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury.

6.14 Mannequin 3: The Reckoning

Although it is not explicitly mentioned in the episode, the scene where the Impala is possessed and attacks Dean, parallels the plot of the Stephen King novel Christine. The car in that story was a 1958 Plymouth Fury.

7.04 Defending Your Life

Sam: It could be Christine-like.

10.13 Halt & Catch Fire

Janet: You're Gen X. Right.
'Dean: Okay so, Trini and everything else in the truck went all 'Christine.
Janet: Who's Christine?
Dean: It's a Gen X thing.

The Shawshank Redemption

"Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" novella about a man's time in prison and eventual escape.

6.10 Caged Heat

Dean: Alright, alright. Shawshank’s a great flick, but let’s skip the shower scene, huh?
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American prison drama film adapted from the Stephen King novella.

12.22 Who We Are

Sam: So wait a second. We're just gonna... Dean: Straight Shawshank this bitch.

As Dean suggests to Sam that they chip their way out of the Bunker, he references how Andy Dufresne slowly chips a hole in his prison cell in the Shawshank prison over many years.

Creepshow

2.18 Hollywood Babylon

Dean: Hey, you know this is where they filmed "Creepshow"?

Creepshow is a 1982 comedy horror anthology film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero.

Maximum Overdrive

Maximum Overdrive is a story in which machines become animate and try to kill people.

8.17 Goodbye Stranger

Dean: So, chupacabra. What do we got? Power tools gone rogue? Wait -- are we talking a-a Maximum Overdrive situation here?

Thinner

Thinner is a Stephen King novel, written under the pseudonym Richard Bachmann, and later made into a movie, about a man who is cursed by an elderly Romani man to lose weight until he dies.

9.13 The Purge

Dean: I mean, what do we got ourselves? A "Thinner" sitch here?

The Things We Left Behind

10.09 The Things We Left Behind

The title "The Things We Left Behind" is likely a reference to the Stephen King short story "The Things They Left Behind" which is about a man suffering survivor's guilt following the attacks of 9/11.


Children of the Corn

12.04 American Nightmare

Dean: Weird creepy off-the-grid Children of the Corn people? Yeah, I'm in.


Children of the Corn is a story by Stephen King (and subsequent movie franchise) about a town where children kill their peers on their 19th birthdays as a sacrifice to an evil deity who lives in the cornfields.

Other

According to writer Robbie Thompson, Charlie's aliases are made up of the name of a Stephen King character for her first name and the surname of a famous science fiction writer.

Charlene "Charlie" Bradbury = Charlene McGee is the pyrokinetic girl in Firestarter. The surname Bradbury is a reference to acclaimed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury.
Carrie Heinlein = Carrie is the eponymous protagonist of Carrie and Heinlein refers to writer Robert A. Heinlein.



In 8.20 Pac-Man Fever we see passports with other aliases including Christine Le Guin (from the car in the novel Christine, and writer Ursula Le Guin - U.S. passport), Annie Tolkien (Annie Wilkes from Misery and JRR Tolkien from The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings - British passport), and Susan Asimov (Susan from Salem's Lot, and author Issac Asimov).

Trivia

  • The film adaptation of Cujo was produced by Supernatural executive producer / showrunner Robert Singer.
  • in 11.13 Love Hurts a copy of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill can be seen on the coffee table as Staci goes to sit and watch TV. Joe Hill is Stephen Kings son.

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