in the What we do in the shadows Season 4 Episode 7, the Jersey Devil himself has a cameo appearance. Nadja, Laszlo, Sean and Baby Colin take a boy’s trip to the Pine Barrens and come face to face with a monstrous creature. The Jersey Devil is not a creature created by the FX series. In fact, stories about this legendary figure have haunted the Pine Barrens for decades.
[SPOILER ALERT: Spoilers ahead for What We Do in the Shadows Season 4 Episode 7.]
The boys meet the Jersey Devil in season 4 of What We Do in the Shadows
What we do in the shadows Season 4 Episode 7 follows a boy’s journey to the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey. There, Sean tells the boys a scary story about a Jersey Devil attack. He describes the creature as having “dragon wings and a half goat/horse face with a chinstrap beard.” Sean also throws hooves and horns into the mix.
However, Nandor and Laszlo tell the cameras that the Jersey Devil is something vampires make up to explain the bodies humans find in the woods. However, the end of the episode proves them wrong when the Jersey Devil attacks Sean. Baby Colin Robinson is able to subdue him with the power of Bon Jovi, allowing Laszlo and Nandor to drain him.
The Jersey Devil has been a part of Pine Barren folklore for decades
The Jersey Devil is not a creature that the creative minds are behind What we do in the shadows invented. The legendary figure has been circulating in folklore for decades. According to the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, the Jersey Devil was named the country’s only “state demon” in 1938.
The website also explains one of the most common origin stories for the Jersey Devil:
“Mrs. Leeds, a resident of Estellville, was distraught to learn she was pregnant with her thirteenth term. In disgust, she exclaimed, ‘Let it be the devil!’ The story goes that the child arrived and it was a baby devil The creature then let out a cry, unfurled its wings, and flew out the window and into the adjacent swamp.”
Pinland’s Preservation Alliance
Folklore descriptions of the Jersey Devil’s appearance are quite similar to what Sean describes What we do in the shadows. The creature walks on its hind legs, with hooves, wings, and a horse-like face. A $100,000 reward was once offered to anyone who could catch the Jersey Devil, but the money was never claimed.
What We Do in the Shadows continues to introduce new mythical creatures
What we do in the shadows often draws inspiration from mythology and folklore, and the show’s creative team hopes to continue introducing more creatures. In Season 4, Nandor is granted 52 wishes by a Djinn, also known as Genie.
“We have an ongoing list of mythical creatures that we want to put on the show and … it’s just a matter of trying to work them into there,” executive producer and writer Stefani Robinson told TVLine. “So I think Genie, it felt like the perfect time to go ahead and do that.”
New episodes of What we do in the shadows Airs Tuesdays at 10pm EST on FX.
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/what-we-do-in-the-shadows-jersey-devil-tales-haunted-pine-barrens-decades.html/ Jersey Devils Tales have haunted the Pine Barrens for years