Supernatural: Season 1, Episode 20

Dead Man's Blood (20 Apr. 2006)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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After Daniel Elkins, a vampire hunter and John's mentor, is murdered, Sam and Dean are surprised when John himself shows up to solve the case. John discovers the vampires have taken an ... See full summary »



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After Daniel Elkins, a vampire hunter and John's mentor, is murdered, Sam and Dean are surprised when John himself shows up to solve the case. John discovers the vampires have taken an antique gun, which has the power to kill all supernatural beings. The Winchester family sets out to retrieve the gun from the vampires so they can use it to kill the demon that took Sam and Dean's mother. Written by Anonymous

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Vancouver police closed down one of this episode's key locations, Stanley Park, when it was thought that a sniper might be at large. It actually turned out to be one of the crew's aluminum briefcase which some passing tourists mistook for a gun case. See more »


John says that the Colt was forged underneath Haley's Comet on the night the Alamo fell. Haley's Comet appear on November 16 1835, the battle for the Alamo began on February 23 1836 and ended on March 6 1836. Furthermore, if we go by the date of the comet, Colt's revolver would not have even been invented yet, as he first applied for the patent on February 25 1836. See more »


Sam Winchester: Dad, we don't even know what these things are yet.
John Winchester: They were what Danny Elkins killed best... vampires.
Dean Winchester: Vampires? I thought there was no such thing.
Sam Winchester: You never even mentioned them, Dad.
John Winchester: I thought they were extinct. I thought Elkins and, and others had wiped them out. I was wrong. Most vampire lore is crap. A cross won't repel them, sunlight won't kill them, and neither will a stake to the heart. But the bloodlust, that part's true. They need fresh human blood to survive. They were once people, ...
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Brothers against Evil: Anti-Stereotypical Vampires
11 June 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Slowly reaching the finale of the first "Supernatural" season (yes, I am terribly running behind), I definitely established that I prefer the 'random' and 'unconnected' episodes more than the ones digging deeper into the past of the Winchester family and their forever ongoing pursue of the demon that killed their mother as well as Sam's college girlfriend. By random and unconnected episodes, I mean the ones where Sam & Dean just go chasing after another creative type of evil force and defeat it, like "Provenance", "Asylum" or "Scarecrow" (some of my personal favorites). Every separate one of the episodes contains at least a few references to the Winchester family drama, but certain ones revolve almost entirely on the bizarre relationship with their father and the preparation for the ultimate confrontation with evil. "Dead Man's Blood" is a bit of a hybrid. Like another reviewer correctly stated already, this episode kick-starts the season's big climax, but not before settling a score with a bunch of vampires that killed one of John Winchester's old buddies. Fighting the vampires is actually just a formality in order to obtain the legendary Colt gun that, allegedly, kills everything. This is the gun they need when facing the dreadful family demon! The vampires here have more in common with the protagonists of "The Lost Boys" and "Near Dark" rather than with the more classic cinematic bloodsuckers Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee. They can stand daylight and literally laugh with crucifixes, garlic and wooden stakes. They sleep in hang mats instead of coffins and the only method to kill them is beheading, although the blood of a dead person can seriously slow them down as well. The idea of the episode is pretty cool and the vampire characters are reasonably compelling, but the script focuses too much on the Winchester situation and particularly the troubled relationship between John and Sam. The legend behind the Colt, illustrated through an atmospheric flashback, is easily the highlight of the episode. "Dead Man's Blood" also contains a few spicy death sequences and good make-up effects. Apparently there will be more episodes with vampires in the following seasons. They're definitely not my favorite type of evil opponents, but I like the personality twists the writers gave to the vampires. Basically just the blood thirst remained.

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