Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


My wife has been catching up on (and I have been along for the ride)  Supernatural on TNT.  They're showing two episodes a day and it's a lot of fun watching Sam and Dean tackle all sorts of spooky things each week.  Just this morning Lucifer has come to destroy Earth and the boys start taking out the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  The show often takes a tongue in cheek attitude -- welcome, considering how bleak some of these evil critters and story line can be.  There is one thing about the series that we absolutely love:  the bad motel rooms.

    Traveling around the country, Sam and/or Dean land in truly terrible cheap motels, a different one each time.  The wallpaper, the furniture, the decorations -- all truly cheesy.  The set designer must have sent his minions to every 1950s, 60s, and 70s cheap motel in the country, photographing the bad decor for reference.

     The motel rooms have become an important character in the series, as important to the show as silence was to Tod Browning's Dracula.   I think the motel rooms should get third billing, after Sam and Dean  and before Bobby and the angel.

      What's the cheesiest motel you have stayed in?  For me it was The Harry Smith Motel on Route 1 in Alexandria, Virginia.

1 comment:

  1. We stayed in a motel on the way to Cape Cod (in the Berkshires) that was so moldy we coldn't breathe. Wet towels still hung in the bathroom. Eek. And it was like nearly #200 a night.