Supernatural: Season 1, Episode 14

Nightmare (7 Feb. 2006)

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Sam has a premonition in which a man is killed, but the murder is made to look like a suicide. Sam convinces Dean that they must investigate the case, but the two are puzzled when they fail... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Alice Miller
Neighbor Man
Avery Raskin ...
Roger Miller
Susinn McFarlen ...
Neighbor Lady
Cameron McDonald ...
Jim Miller


Sam has a premonition in which a man is killed, but the murder is made to look like a suicide. Sam convinces Dean that they must investigate the case, but the two are puzzled when they fail to find anything that indicates that the death was supernatural in nature. That is, until they find out that Max, the reclusive son of the first victim, has been using his recently acquired power of telekinesis to kill the family members that once abused him. Sam also discovers Max's mother was killed by the same fiery demon that took his own mom. Written by Anonymous

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Sam and Dean introduce themselves as Father Simmons and Father Frehley, the bassist and former lead guitarist of the rock band KISS. See more »


In this episode, the boys go to Saginaw MI, which is a large city in lower Michigan. Most of the episode takes place in a suburban environment (consistent with parts of Saginaw). The motel in this episode is called the Escanaba Motel and has a very deep woods, cabin-like atmosphere (consistent with Escanaba). The town of Escanaba is in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Commuting between the two would be about a 10-hour drive. See more »


[first lines]
Jim Miller: Somebody help me! Somebody help!
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Performed by Bob Seger
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1 February 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

After a couple of wonderfully sinister and traditionally horrific escapades in the previous episodes (involving pagan scarecrows, ghost truckers, restless asylum spirits and even the grim reaper himself), this installment "Nightmare" brings the emphasis more or less back to Sam and Dean's very own familial curse. Sam is rudely awakened by premonitions of members of the same family getting brutally killed by some sort of invisible force. As it turns out the murders then occur exactly like illustrated in Sam's psychic visions, the duo sets out to prevent them. A short but effective investigation teaches them there aren't any spiritual forces at work in the Miller's house and the murderous acts are actually the work of the son who recently developed telekinesis. The shock gets even bigger – especially for Sam – when the son, Max, lost his real mother to the same demon the Winchesters did. As a young at heart horror fanatic, I have to admit I prefer the "Supernatural" episodes dealing with freaky ghosts and hideous monsters and, as you could already guess from the brief description, this episode has none. This episode deals with themes that are similar to those used in a couple of vintage horror films, like Brian DePalma's "Carrie" and David Cronenberg's "Scanners". The sudden development of Sam's psychic powers related to the supernatural force that killed his mother and girlfriend is a nice and interesting twist on the running plot outlines. There are a few remarkably harsh and brutal moments in this episode, like a shocking knife murder and a shot in the head. The interactions and personal differences between Sam and Dean is getting more intense all the time.

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