You know, I know it's really uncool to say this, but I'm a big fan. —Dean to Tara Benchley
Sam Winchester: You find out there is an afterlife and this is what you do with it?
Martin Flagg: I needed a little jazz on the page.
Written by Ben Edlund.Directed by Philip Sgriccia.Airdate: April 19, 2007.Dean and Sam investigate what seems to be a suspicious death on a horror movie filming at the Warner Bros. Studioin Hollywood. Dean works as a production assistant (PA) as part of their investigation.A woman is alone in the woods with a flashlight calling out for her friends. Someone behind her grabs her shoulder, startling her, but it is her friend Brody. Brody appears very frightened and tells the woman whom he addressees as Wendy that Ashley and Todd are dead. He wants to leave, but Wendy will not leave without her sister. Brody rather non-chivalrously runs away leaving Wendy alone. She hears twigs breaking and leaves rustling, and she screams. Or rather she starts to scream, but the scream falters into a monotone moan and ends with her clearing her throat. Then it is revealed that she is standing in front of a camera with a green tennis ball attached. The woman is actor Tara Benchley playing Wendy on the set of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning, and the tennis ball is supposed to represent a terrifying monster which will be added by CGI.McG, the director, calls cut and asks Tara to dial up her scream. McG tries to help her by showing her the Concept Art of the monster standing in front of a cabin with a screaming, cowering blonde woman before him. The sketch of the monster is a skeleton in a suit with a bandage around his abdomen holding a fraternity paddle with a chainsaw blade around the edge and flames around the skull and skeletal hands. A stage hand then calls out they will take a 10 minute break. Tara sits down next to Rick Craig, the actor who played Brody. Frank Jaffey, a grizzled stage hand coiling up a cable, tells them he gets weird vibes on the set, and Tara and Rick laugh at his concerns that the set is haunted. Later Tara is running her lines with her script on the set alone, and she is still having trouble with the scream. She hears a rusting sound and gasping noise and suspects someone is trying to frighten her as a prank. No one answers when she calls out, so she starts moving further into the elaborate set of the woods around the cabin. A blue trucker cap, which Frank had been wearing, falls at her feet. She looks up and sees Frank's body tangled in the cables of the scaffolding above the stage and his face is covered in blood. A white ghostly image of a man appears beside the body and then disappears. Tara screams, a long blood curdling scream. The production crew on the other side of the set look up, and McG says, "Now that's what I'm talking about!"The Teaser ends with a metal chomping sound, and the Title Sequence plays in a burst of flames.Sam and Dean are taking a tour of Warner Bros. Studio, but when the trolley approaches Stars Hollow, Sam jumps off the trolley and Dean follows him. Dean wants to enjoy the tour and vacation in L.A., but Sam is interested in working on the case of Frank's death on Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning which is filming at Stage 9 in Warner Bros. Studio. After Sam mentions that the witness who saw a vanishing figure next to the body is Tara Benchley, Dean is suddenly on board with investigating the case, as he is a big fan of her work.One of the network executives, Brad Redding, is visiting the set of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning, and he is telling the production crew that he thinks the dailies are great, but they need to be brighter with more color. When Sam and Dean walk on to the set, Brad calls Dean over and asks him to get a smoothie, assuming Dean is a PA. Dean goes along with his role as a PA, which allows him to search the scaffolding where Frank's body was found. However, he detects no electromagnetic fields (EMF) at the scene and instead finds a screen and light rigged in the scaffolding. Dean fills Sam in on what he found while stuffing his face at the craft table. Sam tells Dean that Frank was just a temp for the day, so no one has any info on him, but Sam was able to research Stage 9, where there have been 2 fatal accidents and 2 suicides in the last 80 years. They agree that any of these could be a vengeful spirit, and they need more information, which Dean takes as an excuse to talk to Tara Benchley. It turns out Tara takes pictures of the crew members to pass time on the set, and she has a picture of Frank in her photo binder. When Dean looks at the photo of Frank, he recognizes him as the actor Gerard St. James from Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn and Critters 3.Dean and Sam visit Gerard St. James at his home, and Gerard describes his role in the hoax while they drink coffee. The ghost was projected on a dispersion screen and he pretended to die to create buzz about the movie on the internet. Meanwhile back on Stage 9, a scene has to be re-shot because of static on the sound recording. Brad Redding continues to give notes on the scene, resulting in the writer Martin (Marty) Flagg adding in an "explainer" that the ghosts in hell are able to hear the chanting because they have super-hearing. When Brad walks away to take a phone call, he meets a woman in a robe who is gray from head to toe and has rope marks around her neck. Brad is worried the rope marks may not appear on camera, but when the gray woman drops her robe revealing that she is naked, he follows her up the steps to the scaffolding above the set with a lecherous grin. The scene is being re-shot with the additional dialogue explaining that the ghosts have super-hearing, when Brad Redding's body crashes into the cabin. He is hanging from a rope around his neck, and his Bluetooth headset clatters to the ground while the actors and crew react in terror.After a moment of silence for Brad Redding at breakfast the next day, shooting on Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning continues. Sam and Dean listen to the sound recording from the scene yesterday and realize the static is electronic voice phenomenon (EVP). They then watch a DVD of the dailies including the scene where Brad Redding was hanged, and note the image of a ghostly woman who briefly appears. Sam recognizes the woman as Elise Drummond, a starlet from the '30's who hanged herself during the shooting of a scene on Stage 9, after she was fired by a studio executive with whom she was having an affair. Dean and Sam go to Elise Drummond's grave in Hollywood Forever Cemetery that night and salt and burn her remains. Back on Stage 9, the producer Jay Wiley is finishing up a phone conversation, when the lights on the set go off. Jay sees a figure as he tries to find his way off the set in the dark. When the figure turns around, the man is revealed to have a horrific wound exposing his skull and deforming his face. Jay screams and falls on to his back, and a large fan on the set starts up. Jay is pulled into the rotating blades of the fan, and bits of him splatter against a white screen on the other side of the fan.The metal chomping sound is heard, and the commercial break starts with the trailer for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning whose tagline is "They never forgive. They never forget. And this summer, they're coming back again to settle the score... again."When Sam and Dean arrive on the set the next day, they find the police investigating the blood stained scene of Jay's death. Sam notes that the circumstances are similar to the death of a electrician, Billy Beard, who died in an accident with a fan on this stage in 1966. They are baffled to see two ghosts seemingly tag-teaming in their efforts to wreak vengeance on the creators of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning. McG then arrives in his yellow Ferrari, and asks the crew to huddle in as he has an announcement. He explains that in cooperation with the authorities, they are shutting down production for a few days. He then goes on to say that Brad and Jay wanted the movie to succeed more then anything, and they owe it to them to "pull together and make this damn movie". When the crew applauds his speech, he tells them to go home and someone will call them.Sam starts watching the dailies in an empty trailer, while Dean finds out that the electrician Billy Beard was cremated. Sam does not identify any more ghostly images, but he does notice that the Latin incantation Wendy recites is an authentic necromancy summoning ritual. The brothers go to the office of Marty Flagg, the writer. Marty is initially complimented by their interest in the script, but his smile fades when he realizes they are interested in the Latin incantations and Enochian summoning rituals. Marty informs them that the original script was written by Walter Dixon, someone Dean had met on set and assumed was a PA, and that Marty had to revise Walter's script to make it workable. Sam and Dean then get a smudged copy of Walter's script, which is titled Lord of the Dead. Dean likes it better then the current script, and Sam notes it reads like a how-to manual of conjuration.Walter Dixon asked Marty Flagg to meet him on the set of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning and confronts him about the changes to the script. Walter then lifts a talisman and recites an incantation, which is similar to the one Wendy reads in the movie. The ghost of Billy Beard appears and starts to drag Marty to a large fan on the set. Dean appears with a shotgun and fires rock salt at the ghost, who dissolves in sparkles which are blown away by the fan. Walter then summons all ghosts, and Billy Beard appears along with 2 other ghosts, a man with a shredded arm and a woman covered in burns. The ghosts flicker and then disappear. Sam is tossed across the stage by one of the invisible ghosts, and Marty and the Winchesters run away while all the light bulbs on the stage start exploding. They run into the cabin on the set, only to realize there are only 3 walls. Sam takes out his cell phone and is able to see the ghosts using the camera. As Sam points out the ghosts, Dean shoots them. Sam notices that Walter is running across the scaffolding to an exit. Sam hands the cell phone over to Marty and pursues Walter. When Sam catches up to Walter, he demands Walter give him the talisman, but Walter smashes the talisman on the ground. The ghosts, now freed from control, turn against Walter and rip him apart.Shooting on Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning continues, but Marty has incorporated his recent experience. Kendra is using a cell phone to scan for ghosts, while Mitch shoots them with rock salt. Sam walks off the stage past Tara Benchley's trailer, which is rocking. Dean steps out of the trailer followed by a smiling Tara in a robe. Sam and Dean walk off into the sunset, as Dean grabs one last wrap from craft and Herb Alpert's "Green Peppers" plays. Then the sunset rolls away, revealed to be a backdrop, but another (presumably real) sunset is apparent over the studio gates as Dean says, "God, I love this town."
For this episode = 3 humans.For the series so far = At least 186 humans, 14 ghosts, 5 vampires, 2 shapeshifters, 2 werewolves, 1 demon, 1 god, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shtriga, 1 wendigo, and 1 zombie.
Studio tour guide: Now, to the right here is Stars Hollow. It's the setting for the television series Gilmore Girls. And, if we're lucky, we might even catch one of the show's stars.
Sam:[looking uncomfortable] Come on. [motions to Dean and gets off trolley]
The tour guide then points out New York Avenue, where they shot Lois and Clark. Robert Singer, Phil Sgriccia and Jim Michaels who are all directors and/or executive producers on Supernatural also worked on the TV series Lois and Clark.
The producer Jay Wiley, who is played by Don Stark, talks to someone on the phone named Bob. Don Stark also plays Bob Pinciotti in That '70s Show. It is also possible that Jay Wiley was meant to be talking to Robert (Bob) Singer, an executive producer of Supernatural.
The producer Jay Wiley's phrase "You're kicking ass and taking names." is a variation of one used by Kim Manners, director and executive producer of Supernatural, who was known to say, "Kick it in the ass!" Kim Manner also made his directorial debut on the original Charlie's Angels series, while Real Life McG directed the Charlie's Angels movie.
In the scene in the cabin, Wendy recites a Latin incantation: "Contra omnipotentem obsecro hos manes ut iuxtam accedent et fiant voluntas meam vi Enoch ego. Contra omnipotentum obsecro cum spiritum iuxta accedent et fatum meum...." Which roughly translates to: "I invoke against the Almighty these spirits so that they may come and do my bidding, from the power of Enoch. I invoke against the Almighty when those of the spirits draw near and my fate..."
Walter uses the following incantation: "Contra obsecro hunc spiritum iuxta ad facientum voluntatem meum." Which translates roughly to: "I invoke this nearby spirit to do my will."
Walter also says: "Manes omnes ad me venite." or "All spirits come to me."
Animate Dead: Walter Dixon is controlling the spirits of those who died on the set.
Ankle Drag: Jay Wiley is dragged into the fan by the unseen spirit, even as Jay digs his fingers into the dirt of the set. Later, Billy Beard drags Martin Flagg towards the fan.
Bad Bad Acting: The cast of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning. Elizabeth Whitmere who plays Tara Benchley/Wendy has a lot of fun with this. This is lampshaded when after Tara's failed scream, McG says, "Don't mark that" to the script supervisor sitting next to him.
Dean stuffs a second miniature cheesesteak sandwich into his mouth and continues to talk with a strip of beef hanging down his chin, to Sam's disgust.
Later Dean is eating taquitos, and continues to talk with his mouth full as Sam updates him on the case.
Dean:[to Sam] Taquito? They're wonderful.
Dean can not resist grabbing one last wrap from craft before he and Sam walk off into the sunset.
Bilingual Bonus: In the trailer, Wendy is holding a book which appears to be the book they read to bring the dead back from Hell, but inside funny Latin phrases can be seen.
The phrase at the top of the page is "Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum." This roughly translates to "I have a catapult. Give me all your money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head."
The next line in the book is "Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant." This translates to "May barbarians invade your personal space."
An In-Universe example, when Wendy's recitation of the Latin incantation is interrupted by someone saying, "Maybe we can finish this up tomorrow". Tara breaks out of the Wendy character and replies, "Oh my God, I hate you so much right now." Then the whole group of actors breaks into giggles. Prior to this exchange, the actor playing Mitch was smirking and shrugging his shoulders, suggesting there may have been some hijinks on set where they tried to distract Tara while she recited the difficult Latin dialogue as Wendy. Similar hijinks have been described on the set of Supernatural, often led by Jared Padalecki.
Later, the actors playing Mitch and Kendra scream, clearly terrified, when Brad Redding's body crashes through the roof of the cabin.
The actor playing Mitch breaks character again when he says he is sorry for shining his flashlight in Tara's face after she tells him (as Wendy) that she loves him.
Tara Benchley: Can we...can we cut or something?
In the dailies when Tara has trouble pronouncing "iuxtam", she says, "I'm sorry. Can I go again?"
The Cassandra: Kendra, who has a similar role to Cheryl in Evil Dead, tries to stop Wendy from reading the Latin incantation, but Wendy teases her for being afraid.
Casting Couch: This is hinted at after Tara says she doesn't need to see the concept art sketches and will find it. McG the director then says, "I know you will, pumpkin." and puts his hand on her chin. Tara seems uninterested but also appears to be humoring him. Later, when Sam tells Elise Drummond's story, we hear another example with a studio executive and a starlet from the '30s.
Creator Cameo: Real Life McG is seen standing behind Sam and Dean holding the clapperboard when the character McG is addressing the crew about shutting down production temporarily. Other Real LifeSupernatural crew members are seen working on the set of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning, such as Lesley DeHaan, an assistant production coordinator on Supernatural, who is the crew member holding the call sheets Dean steals as an excuse to talk to Tara. She later appears in a red shirt among the crew members who listen to McG's speech.
Death by Woman Scorned: Brad Redding, a married network executive, is killed by the ghost of Elise Drummond, a starlet who killed herself after she was dumped by an adulterous network executive in the '30s.
Dean:[next to the popcorn machine at the craft table] Well, I think being a PA sucks. But the food these people get, are you kidding me? Look at these things. [picks up a sandwich] They're like miniature Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. They're delicious.
Walter: You know, the history, the lore in my draft was completely accurate. We could've gotten it right for the first time ever in this whorehouse of a town. But you tore it to shreds. You replaced it with cleavage and fart jokes. It was real.
Sam: Elise Drummond—starlet back in the thirties. Had an affair with a studio exec. He uses her up, fires her, leaves her destitute, so Elise hangs herself from Stage 9's rafters, right into a scene they're shooting.
Due to the Dead: The crew has a moment of silence for Brad Redding, but Marty Flagg wonders if they should do more.
Martin Flagg: Jay, the poor bastard killed himself. Like, for real. Shouldn't we shut it down or something?
Electromagnetic Ghosts: Dean uses his trusty EMF meter, and there is EVP on the sound recording for the movie.
En Route Sum-Up: As the brothers walk from the trolley to stage 9, they discuss why they are in Hollywood, and Sam explains the case to Dean.
Epileptic Flashing Lights: The lights on the set start to flicker before the ghosts attack Sam, Dean, and Marty, in the cabin on the set, even though most of the light bulbs on the set exploded as they ran to the cabin.
Evil Is Not a Toy: Once freed, the spirits go after the person who was controlling them. Sam, who should know this after witnessing what happened to Sue Ann after Sam smashed the cross she was using in the episode "Faith" (01, E12), explains this to Walter.
Sam: Because you just freed them. We can't stop them now. Walter, you brought them back, forced them to murder. They're not gonna be very happy with you.
Expressive Shirt: After Dean returns to the set after interviewing Gerard St. James, he is wearing a T-shirt with the logo for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning on it. This reflects his growing investment in the movie and his role as a PA.
Expy: The Concept Art of the monster from Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning is a skeleton with flames around his head, recalling Ghost Rider.
Face-Revealing Turn: While Jay Wiley is trying to find his way off the dark set, he sees a man turned away. Jay approaches and calls to the man, who turns around to show that the man has a horrific wound through his skull and face with his left eye missing, lacerations across his face, and a crooked smile.
Fake Action Prologue: The teaser opens with two young people in front of a cabin in the forest. The man says two of their companions are dead, and he is leaving. The woman remains alone as she will not leave until she finds her sister. She starts crying, but stops when she hears a noise. She screams...and then it is revealed that this is a set for a horror movie.
Fanboy: Dean tells Tara Benchley he is a "big fan", and he tells Gerard St. James he is a "huge fan". Dean geeks out throughout the episode, but he is not the only big fan on the set of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning.
Fatal Method Acting: An In-Universe example, when Brad Redding's body crashes into the cabin while a scene is being filmed. We also hear that Elise Drummond's death occurred while they were filming a scene.
Fate Worse Than Death: The spirits of those who died on the set are forced to murder under Walter Dixon's control.
Female Gaze: The shot where the camera pans down to reveal Dean's tool-belt, among other things.
Forgotten Fallen Friend: Lampshaded when Sam and Dean visit Martin Flagg in his office, and we see that a crew member is already scraping "Jay Wiley Producer" off the door of the office across the hall to make room for a new occupant.
Former Child Star: The news article Sam finds, titled "Suicide Stuns Hollywood: Elise Drummond Hangs From Studio Rafters", details that Elise arrived in Hollywood in 1918, working as a child actor before finding stardom.
An In-Universe example, with Sam spotting the image of Elise Drummond in the scene from Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning. In this same footage, the words Clairmont Camera appear among the static. This is a Shout-Out to the company who provides camera equipment to Supernatural.
The clapperboard used before Roll 6, Scene 6, Take 6, initially has the Timecode as 01.35.21.21, but after clapped shuts the Timecode reads as 00C0dE30. Code 30 signals an emergency requiring back-up on police radio and is often used for Homicide.
Grave Humor: Dean is amused by one tombstone for Woody Randall, which has a statue of Humpty Dumpty perched on top, and when Dean passes another grave with the statue of a guitarist in a baseball cap and long hair, he says, "That's cool." This statue of the guitarist has a lot in common with Johnny Ramone's cenotaph, which is located in Hollywoood Forever Cemetery in Real Life and which Dean later references.
Martin Flagg: What would a ghost be scared of? Maybe...shotguns.
McG: Okay, that makes even less sense than salt.
Hard Work Montage/Idiosyncratic Wipes: The crew is shown moving equipment and looking over papers. Dean gets a tray full of smoothies. The scenes dissolve from one to another with a wipe from right to left or left to right as an energetic, but still slightly eerie, song plays over the chatter of the crew. And finally they are ready to shoot scene 6, take 6.
Don Stark, who plays Jay Wiley, also plays Bob Pinciotti in That '70s Show.
R. Nelson Brown, who plays Frank Jaffey/Gerard St. James, also played Walt in Devour, in which Jensen Ackles played Jake Gray. In addition, R. Nelson Brown played the photographer Ansel Bray in the episode "Quagmire" (S02, E22) of The X-Files, which was directed by Kim Manners.
Hollywood CB: When Dean is manning a bank of two-way radios, Dean uses CB radio 10 codes and labels one of the radios "P.A. #7" with a post-it note. He says he does not have a 20 (location) on Tara and thinks she is 10-100 (in the bathroom).
Hollywood Darkness: The scene of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning in the teaser is fairly well-lit despite the only light sources in the scene being a moon on a cloudy night and a flashlight.
Hollywood Hype Machine: The producers paid Gerard St. James to play the part of a stagehand who appears to die under mysterious circumstances in order to increase the publicity for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning.
The swing banging against the cabin in the teaser recalls the banging porch swing when the car pulls up to the cabin in The Evil Dead.
In both movies a group of friends in a remote cabin accidentally call the dead from hell with an incantation. Wendy recites a summoning spell in Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning, while in The Evil Dead they play a tape recording of the incantation.
The rustic cabin in both movies has a deer's head mounted on the wall.
The Concept Art of the monster from Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning is holding a paddle with a chainsaw blade around it and later Marty mentions the ghosts in the movie could be fought with shotguns. Chainsaws and shotguns are the preferred weapons for Evil Dead'sAsh Williams.
Honor Before Reason: Dean and Sam refuse to leave Marty, when Walter tells them to leave because they are not part of this.
Dean: Sorry, can't do that. It's not that we like him or anything, it's just a matter of principle.
Hypocritical Humor: The producer Jay Wiley tells, the director McG, "McG, you're a genius. You're kicking ass and taking names." Later when on the phone with Bob, Jay says, "I know. No, I friggin' hate McG's dailies. I can't control the guy. I'm telling you, next one, I'm directing myself. What, you? No, Bob. You, I love. You're a genius! You're kicking ass and taking names." Jay goes on to say, "Talk to you later, babe." But after Jay hangs up, he says, "What a dick."
Iconic Item: In this episode Dean is wearing his green lightweight jacket, amulet, and well-worn jeans, and Sam has his beige coat with a single breast pocket and plaid flannel shirt. However, the iconic clothing of the Winchester brothers is lamphaded as Sam and Dean are walking to a trailer on the set and a rack of clothes rolls by which includes several pairs of jeans and T-shirts, seven copies of Sam's brown corduroy jacket, seven copies of Sam's green panel jacket, a few copies of Dean's dark blue utility coat, and a lime green jumpsuit.
Info Dump: Walter's original script, according to Martin.
Marty Flagg: He wrote a whack-job screenplay. There's no pace, there's no love interest, it's all wackadoo exposition. I had to cut, like, ninety percent of it to make it readable, the other ten percent to make it good.
Initiation Ceremony: The use of the term "Hazers" in the movie title and the Concept Art including the monster holding a fraternity pledge paddle surrounded by a chainsaw blade suggests that the plot of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning includes a horrific fraternity hazing.
Instant Web Hit: The rumors about a haunted set spread like wildfire on the web.
Gerard St. James: These days, it's all about new media, building buzz. They say I'm the new lonelygirl.
Jacob Marley Apparel: The ghosts in this episode seem to have hairstyles and are wearing clothes from the time period they died in. They are also still sporting the injuries which resulted in death, with Billy Beard's being particularly gruesome. The spirit of the man in an old fashion suit has a shredded left arm. The spirit of the woman in a long blue dress is covered in burns.
Jump Scare: When Jay Wiley sees the exposed skull and deformed face of the man on the set, he screams and falls flat on his back.
Just Following Orders: Gerard St. James does not accept responsibility for the trauma experienced by Tara, who believed she saw a ghost and a dead crew member.
Dean: Isn't that kind of cruel? Messing with their heads like that?
Gerard St. James: Hey, I just play the part. I don't write the script.
Loophole Abuse: Walter uses a clause in his contract to be on the set of the movie.
Lucky Charms Title: The logo for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning has an upside down cross as part of the 'H' in "Hazers". There are also two red scratches that cross through the words "Hazers" and "Reckoning" which represent the "II" in the title.
Made of Explodium: The light bulbs on the set start exploding when the ghosts chase Sam, Dean, and Marty into the cabin.
Magical Incantation: Wendy recites a Latin incantation, and Sam says the script contains a summoning ritual in Enochian.
The Merch: The producer (Jay Wiley), the director (McG), and the sound guy (Dave), are wearing Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning black baseball caps with red lettering. Dean has a black T-shirt with a similar movie logo that he wears under his green shirt. The set worker who is echoing directions is wearing both the hat and T-shirt.
Brad Redding: Has McG seen this? I like the whole bodypaint, black-and-white thing. But, gee, I don't think those neck wounds are really gonna read on camera. They need to be red. You know what I'm saying? [calling to the other end of set] Hey, Jay? I need to speak to make-up right away.
Most Writers Are Male: An In-Universe example. The writers of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning are white men. This is also true for the director, producer, and network executive. The only women shown working on the movie are actors or nameless crew members.
Motion Blur: When the spirit of Elise Drummond moves forward to tap Brad Redding on the shoulder, and after the other spirits appear or before they disappear.
Walter: Just...wait, look. You put your heart and soul into something, years of hard work. It's years, and then they take it! And they crap all over it! And then they want you to smile and say, "Thank you".
No Celebrities Were Harmed: McG's speech to the crew after Jay Wiley's death in the rotating fan blades recalls comments made by George Folsey Jr. and John Landis after the deaths on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie, where Vic Morrow and one of the child actors were decapitated by a helicopter rotor. McG's comment that what Jay and Brad wanted more than anything was to see Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning on screens all across America is similar to accounts of the speeches given by Folsey and Landis at Morrow's funeral. In addition, McG's instructions to the crew to go home, are reminiscent of Landis' announcement at the end of filming the fatal scene: "That's a wrap! Leave your equipment where it is. Everyone go home. Please, everyone go home." We also saw that in "Heart" (S02, E17), Dean introduced himself as Detective Landis.
While Gerard St. James acknowledges the importance of new media, his surroundings suggest an attachment to the past. He is playing "I've Got the World on a String" by Frank Sinatra when Sam and Dean knock on his door. He has framed Film Posters on his walls for what appear to be movies from The Golden Age of Hollywood. He has wood paneling and a retro-appearing clock and upholstery.
Number of the Beast: The clapperboard used before the scene in the cabin where Wendy recites the incantation reads, "Roll 6, Scene 6, Take 6". It also informs us that it is an internal night shot, the director is McG and the director of photography is Serge L.
Clapper Loader: Six, six, six,...Mark.
Office Golf: While they are shooting scenes, the producer Jay Wiley is practicing his golf swing.
Oh, No... Not Again!: In the trailer, Mitch says, "We must have brought them back. Back from hell. Again."
Dean: Oh, I mean, I'm just a fan of her work. She's very good.
Properly Paranoid: Subverted Trope. Frank the stage hand's thoughts about the movie being haunted are laughed at and Rick describes him as "definitely off his meds", but when he is found dead his fears appear justified. However, he was actually just an actor and his death was faked to create publicity for the movie.
Quote Mine: Averted Trope with one of the quotes on the poster of Hell Hazers which says, "I didn't really get it, but the effects were cool." However, some of the other quotes on the poster like "Get ready for the ride of your life" may be subjected to this.
Rain of Blood: Frank the stage hand's bleeding body is tangled in the wires of the scaffolding above the stage.
Reaction Shot: The looks of horror on the faces of McG and the actors when Brad Redding's body crashes into the scene.
Real Life Writes the Plot: An In-Universe example. Marty Flagg uses his experience of identifying ghosts with a camera on a cell phone in his script for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning.
Reality Subtext: An In-Universe example. Dean thinks Tara's performance improves from "all the sense memory stuff she's drawing on" after finding Frank Jaffey's body and the hanging on set.
Revenge of the Sequel: On the wall of Martin Flagg's office, we see a poster for the sequel to Monster Truck, Revenge of the Monster Truck, which is also labeled as being "from the makers of Hell-Hazers" and a "Martin Flagg film".
Riding into the Sunset: Parodied Trope. At the end of the episode, Sam and Dean walk away silhouetted against a stunning sunset as Herb Alpert's "Green Peppers" plays. The sunset is then wheeled away and revealed to be a backdrop, with the real (probably) sunset behind it.
McG: But we all know what Jay and Brad wanted more than anything. And that was to see Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning on screens all across America! Now, we owe it to them to go on and to pull together and make this damn movie, huh? [cheers and applause from crowd] But not today. Go home. Someone will call you.
Running Gag: When Sam asks Dean how things are going, Dean replies with observations about the set of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning. Sam then says he means the case, not the movie.
Rustproof Blood: The blood splattered on the white screen by the large fan.
Screaming Woman: Double Subverted. Tara has difficulty with her scream during the scene, but has no problem when she finds the body. Later, the actor playing Kendra has no trouble screaming when Brad Redding's dead body crashes through the roof of the cabin.
Screen Shake: Parodied Trope. Used in Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning to signify the arrival of the ghosts as the actors sway from side to side and McG the director shouts, "Rumble, rumble, rumble!" When Walter summons all of the ghosts, it occurs again in a more realistic manner.
Seamless Spontaneous Lie: Dean steals a call sheet from a crew member walking by, and uses this as an excuse to talk to Tara Benchley. He pretends to be new on the job and uncertain of what he is doing while turning on the Winchester charm.
Security Cling: Wendy hugs Mitch letting out terrified sobs, after she enters the cabin and realizes he is still alive.
Sexy Coat Flashing: The spirit of Elise Drummond drops her robe and then gestures for Brad Redding to follow her.
She's Got Legs: When the naked ghost of Elise Drummond walks up the steps to the scaffolding, the camera zooms in on her legs and bare feet.
Dean turns to the kid eating an ice cream cone next to him on the studio tour and asks, "Hey, you know this is where they filmed Creepshow?" The kid is unimpressed by Dean's enthusiasm for the movie made by Stephen King, George Romero, and Tom Savini.
Sam: Well, Matt Damon just picked up a broom and started sweeping.
Dean: Yeah, well, he's probably researching a role or something.
"Hell Hazers", the name of the series of Show Within a Show movies, is a reference to both Hellblazer and Hellraiser, and the concept sketches of the monster look like Ghost Rider with a flaming chainsaw.
Dean's description of L.A. references the theme song for The Beverly Hillbillies: "So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly...Hills, that is. Swimming pools. Movie stars."
Sam: Dude, you wanted to come to L.A.
Dean: Yeah, for a vacation. I mean, swimming pools and movie stars, not to work.
Dean is a fan of Tara Benchley's work in FeardotCom, Ghost Ship, and Boogeyman. Neither an actor named Tara Benchley or the actor Elizabeth Whitmere, who portrays Tara, were in these films in Real Life.
Dean: Whoa, whoa, Tara Benchley? From FeardotCom and Ghost Ship, Tara Benchley? Dude, why didn't you say so?
Obviously, Hell Hazers and Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning.
One of the Film Posters on Gerard St. James' wall is for Hollywood Polka Party. We see the edge of another poster for this movie hanging in Marty's office to the right of the poster for Revenge of the Monster Truck.
The movie trailer bills Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning as being from the producers of Cornfield Massacre and Monster Truck. We later see a poster for Revenge of the Monster Truck.
Marty Flagg also has a poster for Carnivore Carnival.
Spooky Photographs: Spirit photography. Elise Drummonds appears in the dailies of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning. The Urban Legend involving the image of a boy who had been killed in the house where the Three Men And A Baby was filmed showing up in a scene is also discussed. The spirits also appear on the cell phone camera, which is worked into the script for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning.
Status Cell Phone: Brad Redding wears a Bluetooth headset and leaves the set to take a call. The headset falls to the ground after he is hanged.
Straw Critic: Even though Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning is endowed with its fair share of Stylistic Suck, the critiques of Brad Redding, the network executive, appear absurd.
Stock Footage: The trailer for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning has scenes we saw shot in this episode and scenes from other Supernatural episodes.
Stuff Blowing Up: In the movie trailer for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning, a fireball explodes across the scream after each of the following movies is announced: Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, and Hell Hazers. The same fireball appears when the logo for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning appears in the trailer.
Swiss Cheese Security: Sam and Dean can leave a studio tour and just walk on to the set of a shooting movie. They have no problems getting back in to the studio and stage 9 later.
Summoning Artifact: The talisman is a wheel cross formed by a metal ring with leather straps attaching the cross and hanging from a leather braid. The actual cross appears to made of the bones of a small animal, including what appear to be the bones of a rabbit's foot, but if these are bones they smash rather easily when Walter throws the talisman.
Summoning Ritual: Sam is surprised to find real necromancy summoning spells are being used by the actors. Walter Dixon uses these spells to control the dead.
Super Senses: The network executive has trouble understanding why the ghosts would be able to hear the chanting, and so an "explainer" is thrown in to the script saying that the ghosts have super-hearing.
Brad Redding: See, but if the ghosts are in hell, how do they hear the chanting? I mean, what, do they have super-hearing? It's a logic bump. The rules don't track.
In the trailer for Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning there is "They never forgive. They never forget. And this summer, they're coming back again to settle the score...again."
On the poster for Revenge of Monster Truck, we read, "This bad boy doesn't stop for pedestrians."
Take That, Critics!: Eric Kripkehas said that the criticisms and notes given by Brad Redding about Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning were based on similar input he had from Network Executives about Supernatural. Brad suggested the dailies should be brighter with more color and said the "rules aren't really landing for" him because the ghosts in hell being able to hear the kids chanting is a "logic bump".
Texting: Marty Flagg, the writer, is texting on the set while Brad and McG discuss the scene.
Themed Aliases: Averted Trope. Everyone on the set of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning is so self-absorbed they are content with categorizing Dean as a PA, and we never see anyone address him as anything else. Gerard St. James is so won over by Dean's knowledge of his filmography he does not ask Sam and Dean who they are before inviting them into his home.
Dean: No, no. Like the movie Poltergeist. [Sam shrugs] You know nothing of your cultural heritage, do you? It was rumored that the set of Poltergeist was cursed. That they used real human bones as props. And, like, at least three of the actors died in it.
Dean later brings up the now debunked rumor that a boy who was killed in the house where they were shooting Three Men And A Baby can be seen in a scene holding a gun in a window. The image is actually a cut out figure of Ted Danson, and it is suggested that the studios encouraged the rumors about the ghostly image to increase video rentals.
Viewers Are Morons: An In-Universe Example. The network executive Brad Redding is concerned the audience will not understand how the ghosts in Hell could hear the chanting. Marty agrees to add in an "explainer", and the next time the scene is filmed the following additional dialogue has been inserted.
Tara Benchley: I just can't wrap my head around the dialogue, you know? Salt? Doesn't that sound silly? I mean, why would a ghost be afraid of salt?
McG: Okay, um...Marty?
McG: What do you think?
Marty: Not married to salt, what do you want? We still sticking with condiments?
White-Dwarf Starlet: Sam says Elise Drummond was fired after the studio exec "uses her up". Although she is still quite attractive, she was considered to be too old to act in film. According to the dates on her tombstone, she would have been 31 years old when when she died.
Sam:[reading Walter's original script] Yeah. And it reads like a how-to manual of conjuration, like a textbook on how to summon ghosts and get them to do whatever you want.
Worst Aid: Instead of cutting the rope while supporting the body and performing basic first aid, such as c-spine stabilization or attempting CPR, the actors on the scene flee from Brad Redding as he strangles to death. Given that he fell from a height, he may still have died from a high cervical fracture, but it was worth a try.
Write Who You Know: The director of Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning is named McG, which also is the name of one of the executive producers of Supernatural. Real LifeMcG is a director and producer who started out in music videos and gained prominence after directing the film Charlie's Angels. The McG character directing Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning is an unctuous jerkass who hits on his lead female actor and seems to be Only in It for the Money. However, he is also described as a "master" and a "genius". The portrayal seems to waver between Affectionate Parody and Adam Westing. The movie trailer bills Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning as being from the director of Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, and Hell Hazers.
The X of Y: The title of Walter's original script was Lord of the Dead which is written in a dripping font that rises from a grave.
Your Cheating Heart: When Brad Redding is typing on his cell phone, the camera zooms in to show his wedding ring. When the ghost of Elise Drummond drops her robe and gestures for him to follow her, Brad says, "Wait up" with a lecherous smile.