Whether you’re a fan of gore or eerie hair-raising terror, which usually leads to something that makes you jump, Supernatural manages to deliver moments of genuine fear. The show’s excellent use of mythology and lore has produced some genuinely scary monsters/creatures. Below we posit 8 of the scariest monsters the Winchesters have faced for your perusal, while keeping in mind that fear is subjective.
Feel free to disagree and make your scariest monster’s case below in the comment section!
Hellhounds, first introduced in season two, are usually invisible, aggressive and violent. They commonly appear to kill a person who’s made a deal with a crossroads demon, and drag their souls to Hell. In the days before the end of a person’s time, Hellhounds will appear to the victim in dreams and hallucinations. When the Hellhounds do come a knockin’ they hold nothing back, not even for lead characters as Dean is torn apart right in front of Sam at the end of season three.
Imagine being stuck in a psych-ward, seeing this creature’s face in the mirror whenever a ‘normal person’ walks by it and being genuinely afraid but not being taken seriously due to the fact that you’re a mental patient. It’s bad enough that you’re there trying to get better but there’s this creature there in the guise of a doctor or nurse feeding off of your highly drugged brain fluids.
Being in the woods at night has been the basis of many a horror story, imagine being taken by a Wendigo and eaten? Supernatural did a rather splendid job of making us question whether we’re safe in our own homes, let alone safe out in the woods where even experienced campers go missing. However, as brilliant hunters themselves with the ability to mimic a human’s voice crying for help? Nope.
Changelings are humanoid creatures with discoloured, slimy skin, hollow eyes, and a round mouth with many teeth. They can appear human, but their true nature is revealed in reflection, much like Wraiths. Also, like with victims of Wraiths, you initially question a victim’s sanity. What mother would place her child, or rather what appears to be her child, in a car and let drive into a large body of water? Granted you know that the child isn’t right, they act somewhat like children, but seem cold and off kilter. As such, some mothers notice that it is not their child.
The very, jeepers creepers, feel you get from the scarecrow is what propels this particular pagan god to the forefront of its colleagues. Honourable mentions include the pagan gods who used Christmas wreathes to mark a home from which they would take a human sacrifice to dine on.
3. Bloody Mary
Surely everyone remembers daring friends, as kids, to stand in a dark bathroom in front of the mirror and say ‘Bloody Mary’ thrice. So it would be crazy of Supernatural not to have cashed in on such a well known urban legend.
The vengeful spirit, Bloody Mary, in Supernatural was a girl who was murdered and haunts an old mirror, killing people who hide secrets about unsolved deaths by burning out their eyeballs. Unfortunately she’s unconcerned about the specific role her victims played in their own victims’ deaths; she targets both Jill, a woman who killed a young boy in a hit-and-run and covered it up, and Charlie, whose boyfriend committed suicide when she tried to leave him.
Winning moments for Mary in this episode include randomly showing up in mirrors and one stunning shot of her climbing out of a mirror a la Samara from ‘the Grudge’.
Clowns. Imagine waking up to see a clown standing over your bed. The mere thought would send someone with coulrophobia over the edge. However, thankfully, by the mere fact that a Rakshasa is the stuff of myths (right? RIGHT?) it doesn’t hold a candle to the number one scariest monster in Supernatural.
You may argue about any other monster on this list because, as initially stated, fear is subjective and each monster so far has one thing in common, they’re the stuff of myths and legends. Humans, however are not fictional, homo sapiens are very much real.
The episodes where monsters of lore take a back seat to humanity are scary on an entirely different level. The girl in the wall is scary when her presence is intentionally made to look like that of a ghost. It becomes terrifying and exceedingly sad when the show reveals that she is only human. The fear that inhumane atrocities perpetrated by other people highlights our inherent fear of what we, as human beings, are capable of. The family from episode 1×15 ‘The Benders’ comes to mind. I mean it really gave off them Deliverance vibes. There’s no metaphor at work here, humans have done unspeakable things, fearsome things… monstrous things. So yes, humans are the number one scariest monsters in Supernatural.
No doubt you’ll have your own ideas about what constitutes the scariest monsters produced by Supernatural, if you find any scary at all. So let me know what you think should have been included and why.
Go on, challenge my assertion.