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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.
- 1 Carrie
- 2 The Shining
- 2.1 1.09 Home
- 2.2 1.10 Asylum
- 2.3 1.18 Something Wicked
- 2.4 2.01 In My Time of Dying
- 2.5 3.16 No Rest for the Wicked
- 2.6 2.07 The Usual Suspects
- 2.7 2.09 Croatoan
- 2.8 2.11 Playthings
- 2.9 3.01 The Magnificent Seven
- 2.10 3.03 Bad Day at Black Rock
- 2.11 3.11 Mystery Spot
- 2.12 4.14 Sex and Violence
- 2.13 6.11 Appointment in Samarra
- 2.14 7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo
- 2.15 8.11 LARP and the Real Girl
- 2.16 10.03 Soul Survivor
- 2.17 11.05 Thin Lizzie
- 2.18 13.14 Good Intentions
- 3 IT
- 4 Pet Semetary
- 5 Cujo
- 6 The Dead Zone
- 7 Misery
- 8 Christine
- 9 The Shawshank Redemption
- 10 Creepshow
- 11 Maximum Overdrive
- 12 Thinner
- 13 The Things We Left Behind
- 14 Other
- 15 Trivia
- 16 Links
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Dean: Sounds like Ozzie and Harriet.
- Sam: More like The Shining.
'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.
Charlie's apartment is #237.
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.
Wendy: And... Now we're in The Shining.
- Dean: All right. What else do we know besides all work and no play makes Donatello a homicidal boy?
The name "Pennywhistle" may be a parody of Pennywise, the evil fanged clown in Stephen King's novel (and subsequent movie) It.
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 is a novel about a rabid St. Bernard named Cujo that kills people.
Dean: I'd say Kurt's looking more and more like our Cujo.
The babysitter Amber is watching the 1983 horror film Cujo.
Dean: So what, he causes so much misery that some dog goes Cujo on him from beyond the grave?
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.
Dean: I’d say Kurt’s looking more and more like our Cujo.
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.
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.
The Dead Zone
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.
Chuck: Is this some kind of Misery thing? Ah, it is, isn't it? It's a "Misery" thing!
In the Stephen King novel Misery, writer Paul Sheldon is held captive, tortured and forced to write for his 'number one fan' Annie Wilkes.
The scene where Becky has Sam held captive and tied to the bed is a reference to the novel Misery by Stephen King about a woman who kidnaps and tortures a novelist of whom she says she's "his number one fan"
Sam: Is this like Christine?
Christine is a novel about a possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury.
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 and movie Christine, about a supernaturally possessed car which attacks people. The car in that story was a 1958 Plymouth Fury.
Sam: It could be Christine-like.
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
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 "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption."
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.
Dean: So, chupacabra. What do we got? Power tools gone rogue? Wait -- are we talking a-a Maximum Overdrive situation here?
Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 horror movie written and directed by Stephen King in which machines become animate and try to kill people.
Dean: I mean, what do we got ourselves? A "Thinner" sitch here?
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.
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.
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).
- The film adaptation of Cujo was produced by Supernatural executive producer / showrunner Robert Singer.