Supernatural: Season 4, Episode 11

Family Remains (15 Jan. 2009)

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The Winchesters try to stop a family from moving into a haunted house.

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Dean reads on the newspaper about the mysterious death of a man that was slaughtered inside a locked room in a farm in the countryside of Stratton, Nebraska and the Winchester brothers travel to the place considering a ghost case. They expect to find the house empty but meet the Carter family that has just moved to the country expecting to rebuild their lives after a tragedy. They discover that the victim had lost his wife in the delivery and his daughter that hanged herself in the attic twenty years ago. When the family is attacked by the freak creature, the brothers protect the family with a circle of salt; but she crosses the protection and they realize that she is not a ghost and they question whether she might be human. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A sign near where the Winchesters are parked at the beginning of the episode says, "No Hunting". See more »

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Condemned to Agony
29 July 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Despite the "Then" recap featuring only myth-arc moments, this episode is more of the monster-of-the-week type. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but the "Then" recap is a bit misleading. And even though the more standalone episodes can be just as excellent as the myth-arc ones, they usually are of lower quality. Not necessarily bad, just not great either. In this case, we have a good, solid episode, with some nice twists.

Except for the final scene, there are no real great character moments for the Winchesters and there really aren't any groundbreaking plot ideas (there are, after all, several nods to Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs), but the script does play with the viewers expectations. Then again, without that it would be just a stereotypical 5/10, wouldn't it? Minus points come from one character who is an example of the Too Stupid to Live trope, and some clichéd twists among the genuinely surprising ones. Plus points, in addition to the above-mentioned ones, from effectively spooky mood throughout, Dean's usual witty dialog, and Mandy Playdon's truly scary performance. However, among the first one hundred or so episodes, this just doesn't measure up against the stand-out ones, but is a 7/10 instead.


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