Boys and ghouls will enjoy CW’s eerily funny ‘Supernatural’

CW’s “Supernatural” returns with an episode that drives a stake right through Sci Fi’s “Ghost Hunters” and its equally brain-dead A & E cousin “Paranormal State.”

In this wicked send-up from “Tick” creator and Pembroke native Ben Edlund, amateur ghostbusters videotape themselves as they “infiltrate” a haunted house.

As Ed (A.J. Buckley) tells his partner Harry (Travis Wester), “This is our chance, our ticket to the big time. Fame, money, sex – with girls.”

What these “Ghostfacers” don’t realize is the house they’ve picked really is haunted, by a spectral assassin who strikes every leap year.

In scenes that cannily spoof “Ghost Hunters,” the team sets up a base camp and explores the mansion.

Harry comes across a closed door and tries in vain to kick it in.

“Turn the knob,” another team member suggests.

Sure, it’s all fun and games until a hulking ghoul attacks.

Then it gets scary.

Luckily for these losers, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) are in the house.

The brothers are on their own investigation, trying to determine why so many people have disappeared without a trace. Complicating their quest are the “death echoes” – apparitions of people who live out their last moments in an endless loop.

Then the demonic presence seals up the house and starts picking off his guests. This is one foe whom Sam and Dean can’t defeat.

Edlund has done his homework. The faux show within a show is so convincing, some viewers who tune in late might be fooled into thinking they’re really watching the next paranormal hit.

The spoof is so good, it’s almost easy to forgive the adolescent homophobia that pervades the script.

If only the episode was strong enough to exorcise the so-called real ghosthunters.

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