looking back at the 15 season run that Supernatural has had, its quite
remarkable that the show has managed to reinvent itself as much as it has.
There have been ups and downs, however the one place that has always remained consistent
is the rogue’s gallery.
Drawing similarities to the X-Files for its occasional “monster
of the week” structure, Supernatural has embraced this format and given us some truly
terrifying monsters over the span of its lifetime.
From the depths of hell to
the folklore of backwoods America, the Winchester Brothers have faced some iconic
monsters and demons, but only some make you a little bit nervous before you
turn the lights off.
A creature from Japanese legend, the Shojo is a unique
spirit that can only appear to an individual when drunk. This might not sound
that scary on paper, but when you think about it this is one of the creepiest
foes the Winchester’s have faced. Appearing in the seventh season of the show,
the Winchesters encounter this creature after a call from Garth Fitzgerald, a
hunter who needs their help.
Firstly, the aesthetic is something straight out
of Japanese horror cinema, echoing elements of Ringu in its design. However,
what makes this spirit one of the most frightening creatures is that it is
corporeal and only appears to people who are intoxicated with alcohol.
means that the spirit always has its victims at their most vulnerable when they
are unable to defend themselves. Combine
this with the fact it disembowels its victims, and you have a winning formula
for a uniquely chilling creature in Supernatural.