HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXX

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Nancy Cartwright (Rugrats)
Yeardley Smith (Jingle ALl The Way)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Pamela Hayden (Lloyd In Space)
Tress MacNeille (Futurama)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Maggie Roswell (Pretty In Pink)

maxresdefaultThe Simpsons, season 31, episode 4, “Treehouse of Horror XXX,” is the 666th episode of the series. This bodes well for their annual Halloween extravaganza. Not because it proves they sold their collective souls to a devilish cooperative to have lasted this long. But because it promises the most evil of offerings. Sadly, the episode gives us a very happy ending, which works as diabolical subversion. The opening sequence, prior to the three official horror stories, is the most evil. “Treehouse” Maggie’s mother died during childbirth and her father is listed as 10,000 maniacs, none of whom showed up at the hospital to claim her. This makes excellent use of a horror reference to push a punchline. Maggie’s only drawback is she tested positive for evil. Dr. Hibbert’s made that diagnosis before, on a Bart of a different “Treehouse” episode. Marge just gave birth to a baby boy and Dr. Hibbert offers her to Homer who is sick of sons. Adding another boy to the Simpson family, which already contains Bart, is a frightening prospect, as harrowing as “introducing Dracula to Frankenstein, Bush to Cheney or Ben Affleck to anyone.”MV5BNjE0NWU2MmYtNzFlMC00MDg0LWE3M2UtMmNmNjIwYWY0ZDlhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjQ4ODE4MzQ@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,747_AL_The segment is a takeoff of The Omen which, we realize in a mirror scene reminiscent of The Shining, is Nemo spelled backwards. It is loaded with visual gags, one of the best is that her dolls’ heads spin and puke stuffing, and her talking clock says “your mother sets clocks in hell,” which references The Exorcist. After Ned reveals her devilish nature by showing the mark of the beast, the beast is Mickey Mouse, and Marge tries to find solutions in a book called “What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Antichrist.” The segment works and, as short as it is, it is fully satisfying, frightening and funny.

Danger Things

The second segment takes on Netflix’s Stranger Things with Millhouse as Will Byers and Lisa incarnating as Eleven. Her first psychic episode is very subtle. It only takes a moment for her to realize a phone call portends danger, too quick a moment, unless she is truly gifted. The gang of boys is Bart, Millhouse, Nelson and Martin. Mr. Burns’ nuclear plant takes the place of the government facility which breaks through the dimensions in search of monsters. Of course they’re looking for monsters. Burns isn’t the type of guy who hides his true intentions, especially when they are at their most nefarious. The segment also recreates the time period, which confuses Chief Wiggum. Disco Stu is Millhouse’s breakdance tutor. Instead of Dungeons and Dragons, the gang is riveted by an early model computer game based on E.T. The Springfield boys look a little alien in the period clothing, but Marge shines in a Farah Fawcett hairstyle.simpsons-3-696x392The section assumes a familiarity with Stranger Things, or at least that Millhouse’s parents, transformed into Yuppies, saw the first season because Kirk assumes the alternative dimension premise immediately. Comic Book Guy is little changed as he critiques the goings on as behind the times as far as binge-watching. The details are finely tuned, and skewered into working spoof. The Over Under, their version of the Upside Down, includes a very dark and foreboding Springfield inhabited by the most frightening of replicas: the Simpsons as they were originally drawn when they were part of The Tracey Ullman Show. Moe, however, is completely unchanged and contemporary, easily fitting into any alternative twist. The alternative Springfield isn’t so bad. Housing is more affordable and the school system is pretty good. It makes you wonder where The Simpsons make a better fit. In the inside out of a perfect world, the “Treehouse of Horror” reality would outweigh standard episodes. The series hasn’t done a historical or biblical recreation in a while, which would count.

Heaven Swipes Right

This takeoff of Heaven Can Wait brings Homer back from the dead in the body of a fit and trim football player, a perfect reversal of the film. Warren Beatty played a football player in the original, and after incarnating as an old man, he begins an exercize program to get in shape for the big game. Homer goes into the newly dead body mere moments after he begs to be sent back to finish leftover lasagna. One of the best sequences of the installment is the bloated corpse bit, which begins with Homer being told his body was too heavy to lift at his normal weight and ends with Bart happily posing on top of his waterlogged dad. These kinds of jokes work on the “Treehouse of Terrors” episodes because the audience has already bought into the much darker premise of the characters, but in Bart’s case we’re not so sure he wouldn’t respond much the same way under normal circumstances.MV5BNjE0NWU2MmYtNzFlMC00MDg0LWE3M2UtMmNmNjIwYWY0ZDlhXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjQ4ODE4MzQ@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,747_AL_A very subtle highlight is getting to hear Homer do Porky the Pig. Dan Castellaneta could have been a generation’s Mel Blanc if his career hadn’t overlapped with June Foray’s. The vast expanse of where he takes Homer sonically is enough for several different characters. From his singing voice to his attempts at charm or doing mimicry, Homer is the most verbally acrobatic character on the series. Hank Azaria’s Professor Frink does similar leaps, but doesn’t break the laws of physics Homer leaps in single bounds. It is also heartening to hear any reference to Looney Tunes on The Simpsons. They tribute them as often as they ridicule Walt Disney’s alter ego. Heaven itself is pretty high tech. While the episode credits this to God selling out to Amazon, the final resting place is routinely depicted as mechanically contemporary in most entertainment. The Good Place and Albert Brooks’ Defending Your Life both depict the fantasy of where we’re going as keeping up with where we’re at. This includes the glitches. In the “Treehouse of Horrors” case, this is God not taking global warming into account when he gave opposable thumbs to apes to create Adam.0_98pDzfu9xBzsXM3tThe segment is very light, considering how many characters have get killed off before Homer finds the right fit, after stretching out his first host body with funeral leftovers. Maggie’s voice in the ending is truly disconcerting on many levels.

When Hairy Met Slimy

While Patty Bouvier, Marge’s sister, appears to get married at least once a season, her twin has yet to settle down. Selma Bouvier pretended to be married to Homer once, in order to adopt a baby in China. That only reinforced her sister’s life choices. Selma finally finds love in the “Treehouse of Horror” tribute to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. The twist on the premise is that the laboratory is housed by Mr. Burns and, from the evidence we see when Selma sneaks her first cigarette, it is create flesh cages for the old buzzard. His DNA is being tested in test tubes and on buzzards, the closest living creature available to act as guinea pig. The little world Selma destroys with her cigarette ash reminds me of Lisa’s science project in the “Treehouse of Horror VII” segment “The Genesis Tub.” Kang the Conqueror is the perfect match for Selma, the available. He can smoke four times the cigarettes she can. The best exchange of the sequence is Burns hastening Kang’s dissection because the alien life form boasts the secret to clean energy. Another piece of social commentary is that there is another earth where the south won the Civil War and there are less Confederate monuments there.UntitledJulie Kavner excels in Patty’s pleas for Selma to stay on earth and not be shackled like a lion to a Sagittarius. For a horror entry, “When Hairy Met Slimy” ends the episode on a very optimistic note. Not only because both Selma and Patty find happiness in a galaxy far, far away, but because Kodos boasts 32 sexual identities. The roll call of interstellar intercourse which closes the segment is one of the best pun factories of the series. Kodos is Klingon-curious, always up for Wookie nookie and an R2-threesome, and is no stranger to deep space nining.the-simpsons-danger-things-1571049929939The Simpsons’ Halloween treats are consistently among any season’s highlights, even if they usually have one segment which isn’t as good as the others in the episode. All three “Treehouse of Horrors XXX” stories are equally funny, though the best is the short homage to The Omen opener. The passing gags all connect, such as including the Rolling Stones in the old people Homer passes on in his quest to find the perfect body to inhabit, or Ned deciding to dig three graves after one of his sons decides he likes Morrissey. The episode turns tricks into treats and is a worthy addition to the frighteningly funny side of Springfield.

 

 

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXIX

 

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Nancy Cartwright (Rugrats)
Yeardley Smith (Jingle ALl The Way)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Pamela Hayden (Lloyd In Space)
Tress MacNeille (Futurama)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Maggie Roswell (Pretty In Pink)

Screen-Shot-2018-07-23-at-8.05.59-AMThe Simpsons has been dropping new “Treehouse of Horror” specials annually for almost 30 years straight now. You’d think there would be absolutely nothing left in the horror genre for the series to lampoon at this point. That’s what makes this year’s special so surprising. Somehow, we’ve made it this far without a “Treehouse of Horror” tackling either Invasion of the Body Snatchers or Jurassic Park. iv8gg5bmbhilsj1angwzThis year’s special started out well. Rather than attempt an elaborate, horror-fied version of the usual opening theme, the show gave us a shorter Halloween vignette to kick things off. It turns out that Lovecraftian horror and New England stereotypes make for a pretty effective combination. The fact that there was so much opportunity for clever sign humor (the one area in which this series still never fails to deliver) certainly didn’t hurt. My biggest sticking point with this year’s special is that the writers didn’t make this one of the three main segments. In terms of spooky atmosphere and general wit, the intro winds up overshadowing most of what follows.Simpsons-Treehouse-of-Horror-XXIX-600x240The Invasion parody may be the biggest disappointment of this year’s special. There’s a lot of potential here given how the 1956 movie and its 1978 remake are both thoughtful films with a lot to say about the paranoia and social discontent of their respective eras. To their credit, the writers clearly tried to find something clever to say by marrying a straightforward parody with a subplot about Springfielders being glued to their smartphones. But that basic idea never coalesces into anything significant. Between the lengthy opening sequence focused on lampooning the cult of Steve Jobs and the obligatory pod people sequence, there’s barely room left for the segment to do anything else.treehouse-of-horror-xxix-promo-1-1540162053836_1280wThat speaks to what I think has become the greatest flaw with the Treehouse of Horror format over the years. It almost never feels like there’s enough room for the writers to really take advantage of these horror parodies. The result is a lot of easy, surface level gags. More and more I find myself wondering if the series would be better off switching to an hour-long format or, better yet, devoting the entire special to one story.The Simpsons (1989)That being said, it’s also hard to ignore the fact that the classic specials used to work a lot more efficiently. “Treehouse of Horror V” managed to cram a cohesive, comprehensive parody of The Shining into one eight-minute segment. Between the aforementioned Steve Jobs gag and an amusing but largely pointless spoof of the monolith sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey (a joke we’ve already seen before on this series, mind you), the writers didn’t leave themselves much opportunity to really have a go at Body Snatchers.The Simpsons (1989)For the most part, these complaints can also be leveled at the closing segment, “Geriatric Park.” The “It’s Jurassic Park, but senior citizens transform into dinosaurs,” premise felt very half-cooked. The lack of real payoff to this segment hurt a great deal as well. It’s a Jurassic Park parody that has little else to offer beyond the basic premise and a couple of decent jabs at the Jurassic Park universe. It’s better as fodder for a ten-second movie spoof on The Critic than it is for an actual Treehouse segment. It turns out that the only memorable storyline in this year’s Treehouse special is the one geared towards a recent horror movie. “Multip-Lisa-ty” delivers a surprisingly clever and entertaining send-up of 2017’s Split, with Lisa taking over the James McAvoy role. This one works for several reasons. For one thing, the actual movie parody is sort of incidental. It would work just as well if you’ve never seen Split. For another, it has the darker sense of humor that fuels the better Treehouse specials. The writers never have to worry about breaking their toys in these episodes, and it’s always nice when they take advantage of that fact.simpsonsThere’s a truly a fascinating question at the heart of this particular storyline – what happens when Bart finally pushes Lisa too far and she snaps? As it turns out, she develops dissociative identity disorder and sets about murdering Bart and his friends, one by one. Yeardley Smith is truly the star of the show here. Not only is she given a big musical number, she’s able to tackle several extreme variations on an iconic character. Smith clearly had a lot of fun putting this one together, and it pays off.maxresdefaultOf the three segments on offer in this year’s “Treehouse of Horror” special, only one really delivers on its potential. Despite tackling some truly iconic movies in this year’s crop, “Treehouse of Horror XXIX” fails to utilize that potential or make the most of the limited space it has. After 30 years, maybe it’s time for the series to shake up its approach to Halloween.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXVIII

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Nancy Cartwright (Rugrats)
Yeardley Smith (Jingle ALl The Way)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)

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GUEST STARS

Mario Batali
Ben Daniels
Neil Gaiman
William Friedkin

simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-1083-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694331How did The Simpsons go almost 30 years without attempting a full-fledged Exorcist spoof? It seems crazy given all the other iconic horror properties that have become fodder for the series’ annual Treehouse of Horror specials. But it also speaks to why this year’s installment worked so much better than most. The writers made some inspired choices when it came to material, and the result in the best Treehouse of Horror in many years. In the grand tradition of classic Treehouse segments like “The Shinning” and “Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace,” “The Exor-Sis” took a classic horror film and delivered a faithful (if highly condensed) parody with a lot of self-aware silliness thrown in. treehouse_of_horror_xxviii_promo_4The decision to frame this segment around Maggie is really what made it work. It’s always amusing when spinoff episodes like this toy with the idea of the sweet, innocent baby of the Simpson clan harboring deep, dark, murderous tendencies. The sight of Maggie crashing the dinner party and murdering several Springfield residents certainly entertained. Flanders’ tragic but comical death proved especially amusing. simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-2010-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694335From there, the episode turned its attention to Coraline, another great horror (well, horror-ish) film that probably should have been tackled years earlier. But this was another case of “better late than never.” “Coralisa” did a great job of capturing the look and tone of the source material and giving it a Simpsons-worthy twist. And once again, having original creator Neil Gaiman step in to provide a guest voice added to the overall effect. Gaiman is no Keith David, but he was a great fit for a cat who walks between worlds. Just on a technical level, “Coralisa” is easily one of the most ambitious “Treehouse of Horror” segments we’ve seen in a long time. The “Other Family” segments did a great job of capturing the kooky, stop-motion animation style of the film while still feeling very much like a Simpsons cartoon. The resolution also worked well, with both versions of The Simpsons family being rolled into one. simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-2058-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694339It’s always good to devote at least one Treehouse segment to more original fare, so it was nice to see this episode wrap up with the delightfully twisted “Mmm… Homer.”  I’m almost surprised the writers didn’t opt for an overt Hannibal parody here. They certainly could have, but ultimately, it’s probably for the best that they let this one stand on its own. Homer’s obsession with devouring his own flesh is just the sort of twisted, “out of the box” thinking I like to see from these episodes. Better yet, the conclusion was oddly touching. Homer embraced his new passion, even though it meant his death, and he left a legacy behind that kept the whole town fed and happy.simpsons-2818-thohxxviii-sc-3087-avid-color-corrected-hires1-1508446694347 All three segments in this year’s special were strong. The series finally plugged two major holes in its huge collection of horror movie parodies while also reminding us that it can offend and disturb with the best of them.
 

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXVII

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle 2)
Nancy Cartwright (Rugrats)
Yeardley Smith (Jingle ALl The Way)
Hank Azaria (The Smurfs)
Harry Shearer (This Is Spinal Tap)
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GUEST VOICES

Drew Carey (Robots)
Kelsey Grammer (X-Men 3)
Sarah Silverman (School of Rock)

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The family are going to buy a christmas tree on Halloween, but at the christmas tree lot, they are ambushed by Sideshow Bob, Kang or Kodos, and the ghost of Frank Grimes seeking revenge. One of the four of the team is missing however, the Leprechaun, but Bob pulls on a tree branch to show him, and he convinces the bad guys to dance. Maggie grabs a knife and cuts the four baddies heads off. Grimes, being a ghost, places his head back and asks the viewer “will nobody stops this people?”, and “In hell they make you watch them all in a row”, showing all 600 episodes in a mosaic. The Planet of the Couches couch gag is then shown.MV5BMzA4OWI1ZjctMmRiZC00ZWNhLWI0ZDktNWEzZTkzNDNmMWY5XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjYwNDA2MDE@._V1_

Dry Hard

Springfield is in a post-apocalyptic state, the city is completely dry, and the water is scarce and expensive. Mr. Burns is controlling the water’s reservoir. Burns decides to make a battle to death for the kids of Springfield, and the winner will win a day at the reservoir. Lisa is the child for Nevergreen Terrace and mets her coach, Homish. Ralph dies first, stepping on a mine before the event started. The battle begins, and two boys seduce Lisa but are killed by Homish, which fells in a trap and the other still alive contestant circles him, but Lisa convinces the people that there’s no need to kill each other and that they’ve to turn against Burns. The kids are freed from the Battle Dome and the people destroy the reservoir, but the water is wasted and it causes a rain, that turned into a flood that then created an ice age.File:Treehouse of Horror XXVII promo 5.png

BFF

Lisa is playing outside with Janey when the lawnmower is activated and kills Janey. At the funeral, Sherri and Terri becomes her best friends, but are killed by a falling tombstone. To help with her mourn, she goes to a psychiatrist, and she says she can be her best friend, after which she’s killed by a falling painting. The police starts investigating her and find nail polish in her room and that was found on all crime scenes, and Lisa reveals she wore that when her imaginary friend, Rachel, was around, before she outgrew her. The murders continues when Milhouse is suffucated by Rachel in the bus, and Wiggum arrests Lisa. In jail, Lisa mentions Marge being right about her, and when Rachel disappears, Lisa realises she’s up to kill Marge. To stop her she’s helped by Bart to escape. At home, Lisa manages to save Marge from death, and Rachel reveals her plan to kill everyone she loves, and she’ll be blamed because nobody can see her except Lisa. Homer distracts Lisa with his imaginary friend, Sergent Sausage, to save himself and Lisa realizes she only exists in her immagination, and makes Rachel miserable and disappear. Homer then proceeds to eath Sergent Sausage in the microwave where he was placed by Rachel.

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Bart is chased by Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney and ends up in Moe’s Tavern through a backdoor. Moe appears, killing the bullies and showing a secret area underneath the tavern, where all barflies are secret agents. He reveals wanting to hire Bart in place of Homer, who died. They recieve a target next by Eyeball, their leader, Remoh Industries, new owner of Duff Stadium. They break in the chief office and find out that it’s none other than Homer. The traitor has created a lava machine to make the whole world surrender to him and he wanted to steal all the Duff Beer to celebrate. A hord of people was sent by Homer to try and stop them, but Bart manages to kill them all, including Homer. In the aftermath, Bart enjoys some time with Sherri. The episode concludes with a song to celebrate the 600th episode.
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Treehouse of Horror XXVI is a good Simpsons episode with well written segments and loads of very funny scenes. It’s a fun Halloween special, as they always are. Having the Halloween episode being the 600th is brilliant. It’s still a decent show after all this year and with no end in site who knows how many more there could be to come.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – HALLOWEEN OF HORROR

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle)
Nancy Cartwright (Kim Possible)
Yeardley Smith (As Good as It Gets)
Harry Shearer (Godzilla)
Hank Azaria (Mystery Men)
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GUEST CAST

Blake Anderson (Workaholics)
Nick Kroll (I Love You, Man)

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The day before Halloween, the Simpson family completely decorates their house calling it “Everscream Terrors”. Homer stored the plastic skeletons too close to the furnace, and he decides to take the remains to Grampa’s home and buy something new at the Halloween pop-up store. On their way to the store, Lisa and Bart see a sign advertising the upcoming Krustyland Halloween Horror Night, and share their excitement for it. At the Halloween shop, Apu (wearing a name tag reading “A-Boo”) gets angry at three lazy pop-up employees who are sleeping on their jobs, telling them to go back to work. While Homer is looking for a decoration to replace the skeletons, one of the workers gives Homer a deal where if he buys one “Señor Skeleton”, he will give Homer a set of four of them for free. Homer accepts the deal and tells Apu about it, who promptly fires the workers. They then promise revenge on Homer, repeatedly saying he’ll be real sorry for getting them fired, when he keeps telling them that he’s already sorry.
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Later, Homer takes the kids to the Halloween Horror Night. Although the Horror Night isn’t real, Lisa gets scared of all the zombies and other decorations, and the park is closed. At school, Lisa’s trauma makes her scared from even the simplest Halloween figures such as paper zombies and bats. She then hides inside a locker, only to be rescued later by Marge. Back home, Marge realizes Lisa’s problem and tells Homer they should shut down Everscream Terrors, making both Homer and Bart upset. In order to reconcile with Bart, Marge takes him and Maggie to the most famous Halloween block party in Springfield, leaving Lisa and Homer alone. Homer tries to bond with Lisa, offering to do a puzzle with her. At the same time, the three workers that Homer inadvertently fired have come for their revenge, and begin to stalk Homer and Lisa. Marge arrives at the block party with Bart and Maggie, but are told the party is for residents only after visitors wrecked last year’s party. She then unsuccessfully tries to bribe the policeman standing guard with a coupon for skydiving, but the policeman states that taking the coupon would make him worth as much as the fold up chair he sat on. In disappointment, Bart watches the kids of the neighborhood enjoy the block party, with activities including kangaroo rides and an alien who will say whatever name you tell him.
Back at 742 Evergreen Terrace, Homer locks up the house to protect from the three men, however they are already inside the house. He tries to take Lisa to the Flanders’ house, but she runs back inside to get Tailee, a plastic fur tail from Lisa’s early childhood that brought her comfort. Homer rushes to save her, only for them to wind up face-to-face with the home invaders. Homer and Lisa run up the stairs and hide in the attic, and the invaders are unable to find them. Halloween hasn’t been much better for Marge, Bart, and Maggie. It is late out, and all the kids are asleep. The adults of Springfield come out in their (mostly suggestive) costumes, and a musical number follows, and Marge decides to take Bart and Maggie back home. At the Simpsons’ house, Homer is able to calm down Lisa, and they decide to use their various holiday decorations to signal for help, but they accidentally activate the Señor Skeletons, giving away their hiding location to the three men. Homer climbs onto the roof to light up the 4th of July fireworks, but the strong wind extinguishes the matches. Lisa then reminds that Tailee is made of polyester and will burn pretty easily, so Lisa decides to sacrifice Tailee and light the fireworks to attract people’s attention. This plan is a success, and the whole neighborhood wakes up to arrest the three home invaders. During the credits, Maggie finds the half-burnt Tailee which magically restores itself to the tune of John Carpenter’s Halloween.
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An impeccably directed, character-driven story about children’s fears and grown-up responsibility, the episode, credited to writer Carolyn Omine, is one of the most assured, human, and outright best Simpsons episodes in years.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – TREEHOUSE OF HORROR 21-26

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle)
Nancy Cartwright (Kim Possible)
Yeardley Smith (As Good as It Gets)
Harry Shearer (Godzilla)
Hank Azaria (Mystery Men)
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GUEST CAST

Hugh Laurie (House)
Daniel Radcliffe (The Woman In Black)
Tress MacNeille (Futurama)
Kelsey Grammer (X-Men: The Last Stand)
Maggie Roswell (Pretty In Pink)

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While carving pumpkins, Bart takes a knife and etches a smile into Homer’s pants. Homer responds by choking Bart, and Bart puts a flaming pumpkin on Homer’s head. Professor Frink then welcomes the audience and warns them of the content of the show, presenting a TiVo remote control to fast forward through the scary stuff. But after accidentally fast forwarding to the end of the special, and exposing spoilers, a shameful Frink uses the remote on himself and fast forwards his life until he is turned to a pile of dust. The Frankenstein’s Monster who was created by Frink makes a reference to The Office, and remembers his days working at “Monster Mifflin” with the Mummy, the Wolf Man, a zombie and a witch. Image result for TREEHOUSE OF HORROR xxI

War and Pieces

In a parody of Jumanji, Marge, worried about the effects of excessively violent video games, encourages Bart and Milhouse to try playing some of the classic board games in the attic. After rejecting the “lame” ones, they discover an old board game called “Satan’s Path.” Upon playing it, all the rejected games come to life turning the town into a giant game board. Lisa reads the instructions, which are in Latin, and says the two must beat all the games to finish Satan’s Path and restore everything to normal. Milhouse dies during the game of Scrabble, but Bart manages to finish it, returning everything back to normal (even bringing Milhouse back to life). Bart and Milhouse state that they will just play hangman but the game brings the hangman to life. With only one more letter remaining (WHEEL _F F_RTUNE), Milhouse guesses the number 3, which results in Bart and Milhouse being hanged.

Master and Cadaver

In a parody of Dead Calm, Homer and Marge set sail on a romantic second honeymoon. Their time together is interrupted when they rescue a castaway. Introducing himself as Roger, the castaway explains that he was a chef on a yacht called the Albatross, and was knocked out after attempting to stop a poisoning on his ship. Roger makes them a pie, but Homer becomes convinced that Roger poisoned the guests on the Albatross. He grabs the pie from Marge and throws it out the window. Marge chastises Homer, but looks out a window and sees a dead shark with the pie pan in its mouth. Homer and Marge take matters into their own hands as they seemingly kill Roger using a metal pole, and knock his body overboard. However, finding the Albatross, they realize Roger was telling the truth and that some of the passengers are still alive, as one of the people administered an antidote. Roger appears and explains that the shark they saw had died from a fuel leakage from Homer and Marge’s boat. Homer then kills Roger, the surviving Albatross crew, and a pelican, to cover their tracks. However, unable to bear the guilt, Marge eats the poisoned pie, much to Homer’s horror. The story is then revealed to be Maggie’s imagination while she is taking a bath. Homer asks Marge what Maggie thinks about while bathing, which she responds, “Just sugar plums and buttercups.” Maggie then shadily moves her eyes (revealing eyeliner over one eye), puts on a hat, and drinks milk like Alex from A Clockwork Orange as the theme from the movie briefly plays in the background.

Tweenlight

In a parody of Twilight, Lisa falls in love with a mysterious new student named Edmund. After saving Lisa from a bus, two cars, a bicycle and a Segway PT, Edmund reveals he is a vampire. Lisa is not frightened by this and the two begin a romance, much to the dismay of Milhouse, who turns into a were-poodle. Marge invites Edmund and his father, Count Dracula, to dinner. Edmund and Lisa are both embarrassed by their fathers and decide to leave. Homer and Dracula track them down to a cathedral in “Dracula-la Land”. They see Edmund climbing up a tower with Lisa, so Homer forces Dracula to carry him up. Lisa wants to become a vampire, but has second thoughts after learning that she would be eight years old forever. Edmund says that “the blood-lust is upon him” and he has to bite something. Homer stops Dracula with a cross, and is amazed to learn vampires love their kids also. Edmund and his father reconcile, and Homer saves Lisa by offering himself up in her place as the two vampires feast on him. However, they both die from the bad cholesterol in Homer’s blood as he is turned into a vampire. Transforming into a bat to fly home, Homer’s fat causes him to fall to his death. His body is carried off by were-poodle Milhouse while Lisa watches in dismay.
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The Twilight parody is the best out the three, The Jumanji part was a pretty good too.

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When Bart, Lisa and Maggie come home from trick-or-treating, Marge switches out the candy with dental hygiene products and asks Homer to deliver the candy to a drive for the troops overseas. Homer instead runs off with the bag to eat its contents in privacy at a canyon cliff. Unfortunately, Homer trips and falls to the bottom of the canyon with his arm pinned. Fueled by his need to get the out-of-reach bag of candy, and reluctant to wait twenty minutes for help, Homer is forced to chew off his arm. Though he manages it after a few tries, Homer learns that he was carrying a bag of vegetables, as Bart, Lisa and Maggie had secretly stolen back their candy, inciting an upset Homer to scream in rage.

The Diving Bell and the Butterball

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In a parody of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Homer begins to decorate the house for Halloween and is reaching for a decoration in a box. Unfortunately, there is a real Black Widow spider in the box and when Homer grabs what he thinks is a plastic spider, he is bitten by the real one. The bite leaves Homer unable to move or talk. When Lisa reads for him, she discovers that he can communicate through flatulence. The Simpson family is amazed at the result and Lisa helps Homer tell Marge how he feels about her. When he is again bitten by another spider (a radioactive one this time), he gains the ability to shoot spider webs out of his rear end and have the same abilities as Spider-Man, though he is still paralyzed.

Dial D for Diddily

In a parody of Dexter, after hearing who he thinks is God tell him to murder people, Ned Flanders becomes a serial killing vigilante, targeting characters who are Homer’s enemies. When Flanders discovers that Homer is the one who has been duping him into committing murder (by way of a Bible-shaped receiver), Homer argues that God does not exist and starts burning Ned’s bible only to be stopped and strangled to death by God Himself. Marge begs God to reverse everything that has happened, but God tells her that Satan is the one who is running the world. When Flanders thinks that this scenario cannot get any worse, it is revealed that Satan is having sex with Ned’s deceased wife, Maude.

In The Na’vi

In a parody of Avatar, taking place in the future, Krusty the Clown is still alive, but has trouble entertaining his Nazi audience. On the distant planet Rigel 7, there is a sacred extract called Hilarrium, which causes people to get in a better mood. Krusty desperately needs this sacred extract and uses military force to obtain it. The military recruits Bart and Milhouse to befriend the alien race in avatar bodies. They succeed in this and Bart ends up getting Kang’s daughter pregnant. It turns out that the extract Hilarrium, which is excreted by their queen, is primarily used by the natives to reduce the mood swings of pregnant women. After Bart and Milhouse are shown where the alien race gets the Hilarrium, Milhouse then reveals the location of the extract to the military, which then attacks the natives. In the battle, the natives are helped by all the animals of the planet, which eventually defeats the military. Kang and Kodos then admit that they would have just given the Hilarrium to the humans.
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Ending

At the end, a Christmas carol is played as all of the characters that appeared say various things about Christmas, such as Marge saying that making a sweater causes 27 people to lose their jobs. At the very end, Grampa Simpson shows up in a black tutu, asking when the Black Swan comes up, and everyone wonders when the Black Swan will come.
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Out of the three episodes the avatar parody was the classic its good to see the Simpsons version of the movie.

TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXIII 

At the height of the Maya civilization, in the city of Chichen Itza, a sacrifice is about to take place to prevent the end of the world from happening at the end of the 13th Baktun. A Mayan Homer, who has been fattened up to be sacrificed, hears about it for the first time (as he did not pay attention during orientation) and attempts to back out to no avail. However, his wife, a Mayan Marge, tricks a priest, a Mayan Moe, into getting himself sacrificed instead by promising him sex. After the sacrifice, a Mayan Professor Frink confirms that the world will end after the 13th Baktun, which, accounting for the Gregorian calendar and the birth of Jesus, puts the end of days in the year 2012 (with the Mayan Mayor Quimby placing the blame on President Barack Obama).In the present, Homer encounters three Mayan stone gods, mistaking them for the trick-or-treaters. One of them crushes Homer underfoot, then the second one jumps on Flanders’ house. The stone trio wreak havoc on Springfield with one stone god throwing fireballs at City Hall and throwing Lard Lad’s donut at a UFO and then popular landmarks like the Eiffel Tower crashing to Big Ben, ripping up the Great Wall of China, and making the George Washington head kiss Abraham Lincoln’s head in Mt. Rushmore; causing rivers of lava to appear, and splitting the earth into large fissures. Once their destruction is done, they high five then fly off, leaving the Earth to explode. In its place, the bloodied title, “Treehouse of Horror XXIII” appears.

The Greatest Story Ever Holed

The citizens of Springfield gather to witness the activation of the Springfield Particle Accelerator; they originally wanted to use the money to build a new baseball stadium, but Lisa convinced them otherwise. Professor Frink activates the machine and it works, but nothing exciting happens, and everyone blames Lisa for her suggestion. When everyone is gone, two particles collide with each other and create a small black hole which floats off. Lisa finds it, and after it sucks up Ralph and Nelson, she takes it home so that it will not cause any more trouble. The Simpsons put it in the basement and Lisa warns them not to throw anything in it or otherwise it will grow bigger. Despite the warning, Homer, Bart and Marge use it as a trash disposal, and Homer even opens a business allowing people to throw their junk into it. The black hole becomes huge and consumes everything in sight. The only person who is not sucked in is Maggie, whose pacifier flies into the black hole, inexplicably stopping it. Meanwhile, all of Springfield has been warped to an alternate universe, where aliens worship their trash.

Un-Normal Activity

When strange events occur at the Simpson house, Homer sets up cameras to photograph what is haunting them. The culprit is revealed to be a Moe-like demon with whom Marge made a deal to save her sisters when they summoned the demon as part of a Satanic ritual. As part of the deal, the demon would return 30 years later to take Marge’s favorite child as payment (which turns out to be Maggie, much to Lisa’s shock). Homer manages to convince the demon to relinquish the bargain in return for Homer to reluctantly engage in three-way sex with him and another demon. After learning that the safe word is cinnamon, Homer throws his robe over the camera and the demons are heard yelling cinnamon.

Bart and Homer’s Excellent Adventure

Bart travels back to 1974 in Professor Frink’s time machine to buy a comic book for 25 cents instead of the current $200 price at the Android’s Dungeon. He then finds Homer in high school, just moments before he meets Marge for the first time (as seen in the season two episode “The Way We Was”). Before Bart returns to 2012, he tells Marge (who is already angry at teenage Homer for strangling Bart and constant demanding over her to be his prom date) to never get married to Homer. When Bart returns to 2012, he finds that Artie Ziff is now his father and the family is rich and successful, to the point where Nelson Muntz is now hired as Bart’s butler and personal punching bag. 1974 Homer, who stowed away in the trunk of the time machine, finds out about Marge and meets 2012 Homer, who wants Marge. The two summon every time incarnation of Homer (dubbed “The United Federation of Homers Throughout History”) to beat up Artie. Though the Homers lose badly despite greatly outnumbering Artie, they wind up winning over Marge, who then takes pity on the beaten Homers and lets all of them live with her.
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A Great episode all 3 parts were awesome and the episode was even nominated for an emmy.

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The episode’s couch gag, conceived by film director Guillermo del Toro, is a mash-up of horror movies and TV shows, including all of del Toro’s own films, ending with Lisa falling through the couch, dressed as Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and getting brainwashed by The Hypnotoad from Futurama, then happening upon a palace room in a send-up of the end of Pan’s Labyrinth.
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Oh, the Places You’ll D’oh!

It is Halloween night in a Dr. Seussian take on Springfield. The Simpson children are home with the mumps and unable to go trick-or-treating. Once their mother Marge (in a Catwoman costume that every other woman—and The Comic Book Guy—is wearing) leaves for a costume party, they are visited by The Fat in the Hat (Homer) who gives them vaccinations so he can take them out to get candy for them and beer for him. However, instead of helping the children get their treats, he takes them on a casual rampage of death and destruction: blowing up Mr. Burns’ mansion and feeding him to a homeless shelter; robbing Moe and skinning him; robbing Apu and forcing him to spend time with his wife and children; killing two DMV workers (Patty and Selma) and tossing car licenses to people waiting in line; blowing up town hall while wearing a Guy Fawkes mask; and committing “aggravated Flu-Fluffel-cide”. The children are alarmed at those events and manage to elude him with the aid of several animals; a Barney Gumble-esque camel, a Krusty-esque bull, and on the wings of the Mexican Bumblebee Man. However, Fat is waiting for them when they get home and gloats that he will never leave them right before baby Maggie stabs Fat in the chest with his own umbrella. Marge comes home, unaware of what happened, and the children fake their mumps by stuffing the collected candy in their mouths and have turned the Fat in the Hat into a rug.

Dead and Shoulders

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In a parody of The Thing with Two Heads, after getting decapitated during a day of flying his box kite in a fly zone near the Springfield airport, Bart is surgically attached to Lisa’s body in order to extend Bart’s life and cut Lisa’s short. Though the two eventually get along, Bart learns that he can control Lisa’s body while she is unconscious and resolves to get rid of her to have total control. Unfortunately, the attempt on the sawmill results with Bart transferred to Selma’s body (who needs a karaoke partner) while Lisa is grafted onto Krusty (who needs a comedy partner for an upcoming act).

Freaks, No Geeks

In a parody of Freaks, at a 1930s’ circus, the self-serving strongman Homer gets his lover trapeze artist Marge to marry sideshow freak Moe after learning of the emerald ring he inherited from his mother on her death bed. At their wedding reception, the other “freaks” announce that they accept Marge in spite of her being a “normal” outsider (even though Marge claims she is a freak because she has one blue eye and one pale brown eye). After finding Homer attempting to poison Moe’s wedding wine glass, Marge kicks him out of her trailer. Homer is then cornered by the freaks with weapons as they advance on him with the intention to mutilate him into a freak like them. The scene then cuts to the present, where it is revealed that the whole story was told by a “Duck Man” Homer of how he met Marge.
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Del Toro’s opening sequence was critically acclaimed, The stories were strong and entertaining.

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The episode opens with Kang and Kodos hosting a TV special, in which all of the celebrity guests have been killed and displayed to spell the episode’s title.

School Is Hell

Principal Skinner has put Bart in detention. While dusting a desk, he finds an Aramaic inscription. Lisa uses an app to translate it which transports the pair to Hell, which is a school. Bart excels in the diabolical subjects and asks his parents if he can study there permanently. For his final test, he must torture Homer; despite Bart’s hesitation, Homer lets him. A disfigured Homer proudly watches Bart graduate from Hell school as valedictorian.

A Clockwork Yellow

Moe has a Clockwork Orange-style gang in London along with Lenny, Carl and Homer. Homer falls for a girl (Marge) who convinces him to quit and the gang falls apart. Years later, Moe is attacked at home in a style similar to his gang’s former ways and asks Homer to bring the gang back together; Lenny and Carl (who have become police officers) join them. They attack an Eyes Wide Shut-style masked orgy and several other of Stanley Kubrick’s films are parodied in a fight sequence. As Moe gets beaten by two party guests, he narrates that he was “Beaten, bruised” and “couldn’t score at an orgy” but was happy to be back with his old gang. Kubrick is then shown in an editing room and asks for the entire film to be re-shot.

The Others

In a parody of The Others, the Simpson family find unexplained frosty chocolate milkshakes and that their TV only shows Married… with Children. After a ghost attacks him in his sleep, Homer summons the ghosts, who are the family’s former selves from The Tracey Ullman Show. Homer is attracted to the ghost Marge who prefers him to the former grumpy Homer, so the jealous living Marge kills herself to become a ghost. The ghost Homer becomes jealous and bludgeons the living Homer to death with a toaster while he is in the bathtub. Bart fakes suicide to join the ghosts, tricking Lisa into actually killing herself, her ghost then murders Bart as revenge. Groundskeeper Willie takes the children’s corpses to make stew and it is implied that he murdered Maggie. Homer chooses his modern-day wife over the older ghost. The next morning at the breakfast table, Lisa asks if there could ever be any other incarnations of the Simpsons and a range of Simpson families based on other animations are then shown. The segment ends with the original version of Homer unsuccessfully trying to photograph a good portrait of the two families together.
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Loved  the cinematic quality of the first two segments while  the third was the poorest. I was impressed by how the Kubrick references in the second segment used originality rather than being a perfunctory checklist.

TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XXVI

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The episode opens with a Kricfalusi-animated couch gag where the Simpson children are trick-or-treating before being set upon by soul-hungry spirits with a monstrous Frank Grimes among them. The spirits chase after the Simpson children to their house with the Frank Grimes monster taking Homer’s soul.

Wanted: Dead, Then Alive

Sideshow Bob lures Bart to his school’s music class and finally kills him with a harpoon to the chest. Bob goes on to become a professor at Springfield University, but is disappointed by his lazy students and misses the thrill of killing Bart. He reanimates Bart with a machine in order to kill him in various ways and revive to repeat. The rest of the family find Bart in Bob’s basement, just as Bob was about to kill them legally before Homer beheads him with a lamp. Bart then puts Bob’s head on the machine with various animal parts, reanimating him into a hybrid creature. Bob still remains a full time professor, but is annoyed when one of his students asks what he is supposed to be.

Homerzilla

In a parody of Godzilla. Which is in the year 1950 at Japan, the grandfather of the Simp-san family frequently sacrifices a doughnut to a giant reptilian sea monster (played by Homer) to keep it at bay. But when the grandfather dies and no more doughnuts are sent, Homerzilla comes to shore and wrecks the city. The event is revealed to be a classic Japanese movie watched by movie producers who attempt to create a remake. But the movie fails at the box office and the producers have everything related to the film dumped at sea. Coincidentally, the dumping site happens to be where Homerzilla is sleeping.

Telepaths of Glory

In a parody of Chronicle, Lisa and Milhouse get superpowers after they and Bart are exposed to nuclear waste, though Bart appears to be unaffected. Despite Lisa’s insistence to keep their powers a secret, Milhouse quickly goes mad with power before he is stopped by Maggie who also gained powers. Maggie then uses her powers to benefit the world (like turning Homerzilla into a larger Barney) before taking a nap. The segment ends with Kang and Kodos disappointed that they made a cameo at the end again.
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The Latest Treehouse of Horror was funny the Godzilla parody was the best, even taking a swipe at the 98 film.

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – TREEHOUSE OF HORROR 16-20

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MAIN CAST (VOICES)

Dan Castellaneta (Fantastic Four)
Julie Kavner (Dr. Dolittle)
Nancy Cartwright (Kim Possible)
Yeardley Smith (As Good as It Gets)
Harry Shearer (Godzilla)
Hank Azaria (Mystery Men)
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GUEST CAST

Dennis Rodman (3rd Rock From The Sun)
Fran Drescher (The Nanny)
Maurice LaMarche (Futurama)
Richard Lewis (Anything But Love)
Phil McGraw (Scary Movie 4)
Marcia Wallace (Full House)
Tress MacNeille (Futurama)
Jackie Mason (One Angry Man)
Maggie Roswell (Pretty In Pink)
Jon Lovitz (Big)
John Ratzenberger (Cheers)

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Image result for TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XVIIn the opening, using an accelerator-beam (despite Kodos fearing that “the fabric of the Universe itself may shatter!”), Kang hopes to speed up an exceedingly slow and boring World Series baseball game to air Treehouse of Horror XVI (which Kang thought wouldn’t air until “Administrative Professionals Day” if the slow game kept up, Kodos of course telling him that they “must remember to get Dorothy something”), but ends up turning the baseball players into a giant black hole that destroys the universe. Kodos gets angry at Kang for doing so (“Smooth move, space-lax! You’ve destroyed the totality of existence!”), but Kang states that it will be fine, leaving a note on the screen showing the Treehouse’s title (“It’ll be fine. I’ll just leave a note.”).

B.I. Bartificial Intelligence

In a parody of A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Bart winds up in a coma after attempting to jump out of a window into the swimming pool at Spinster Arms Apartments. In an effort to cope with the loss of their son, the family takes in a robotic boy, named David, who quickly proves to be a better son. David can make ice cream with his nose, make stuffed toys out of pants, and even recalibrate the lights of the town to spell words. Later, Bart wakes up from his coma. He escapes from the hospital and competes against David for the affection of their family. However, Bart is dumped on a road by Homer (who considers David to be a better son than Bart and even lies to the rest of the family that Bart went to culinary school). When Bart finds a group of old robots, he steals their parts and becomes a cyborg. In the end, he returns home, where the rest of the family realized that Homer lied about Bart going to culinary school. Bart then cuts David in half down the middle with a chainsaw, and does the same to Homer through the waist as revenge for abandoning him. Although the family is now together again, Homer is now angry that he has to be fused with David’s lower half. David’s legs then break off due to Homer’s weight, much to Homer’s dismay, but before the situation can get any crazier, it is revealed that the entire robot scenario is a dream conjured by Homer’s demonically possessed mind as he is being exorcised. Marge reluctantly says she’ll call work and tell them Homer can’t make it in, much to Homer’s delight.

Survival of the Fattest

In a parody of The Most Dangerous Game, men from Springfield come to Mr. Burns’s mansion to go hunting. Unbeknownst to them, they are the prey to be hunted. The hunt appears on TV, and Marge, watching from home, claims she should have known something was up when seeing the new TV Guide, which featured a picture of Burns and Smithers chasing Homer with the caption “Must Flee TV!” (as a take-off of “Must See TV!”). Homer manages to survive the night while his friends and the others are killed left and right, but Burns closes in on him in the morning. Just as he is about to be shot, Burns and Smithers are both knocked out with frying pans by Marge, who then hits Homer on the head for being away from home for eighteen hours and not calling home once, before they end up having make-up sex.
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I’ve Grown a Costume on Your Face

In a parody of classic Twilight Zone episode “The Masks”, the citizens of Springfield dress in their Halloween costumes for a costume contest. Dr. Hibbert is declared second placed victor, with first place awarded to a strange old witch. When given the award and asked who she is, she is forced to admit that she is a real witch. As a result, her reward is rescinded because she is not in actual costume. In anger, she turns everyone into their costumed characters and glides away on her broom. The only person who can reverse the spell is Maggie, who was costumed as a witch, and has become one as a result.
Half of the townspeople want to be turned back into their normal selves, including the Bumblebee Man, who was transformed into a giant bee, and Ned Flanders, chased by the bee as a result of turning into a flower. Unhappy members of the Simpson family include Lisa, who was turned into Albert Einstein, Marge, who became a skeleton, and Homer, who was no longer able to drink beer without spilling it because his head was severed from his body. The remaining townspeople do not wish to be transformed back to their original selves due to their costumes improving their lives. Examples include Bart, who has become a werewolf, Milhouse, who now has become a bulldozer, Moe who now has women thanks to dressing up as Hugh Hefner, and Sideshow Mel, who is now Spider-Man. Maggie turns them all, including Dennis Rodman, Kang, and Kodos, into pacifiers with their normal heads for no apparent reason other than her obsession for pacifiers, and flies off on a broom to the theme tune of Bewitched.
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I really liked this one. B.I was a good Simpsons take on the spielberg movie. the big bart robot look pretty cool and detailed.

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TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XVII

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The episode begins with a parody of Tales from the Crypt, with Mr. Burns as the Crypt Keeper. The scene begins in a dungeon room, where a crypt opens, and after several waves of rats, snakes, spiders, and rabbits crawl out of a coffin, the Cryptkeeper sits up in it. He proclaims himself to be the master of “scare-amonies” to the delight of zombie Smithers. A bound Moe interrupts in protest and is killed in an iron maiden, his blood spilling onto the floor and spelling out “Treehouse of Horror XVII”. Moe himself takes delight in this and proclaims “A Ho Ho! Look at that my blood is a genius! Fancy Roman numerals and everything!”
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Married to the Blob

In a parody of The Blob, as Homer and Marge make out in the backyard, a meteorite falls nearby, burning off the top of Marge’s hair in the process. It cracks open to reveal a green gooey substance that resembles a burning marshmallow. Homer, despite his family’s objections (and the goo’s attempts to flee), puts it on a stick and devours it. Later that night, his stomach rumbles from hunger, and Homer eats all the available food. He also eats Snowball V and then he attempts to eat Bart but is stopped by Marge. Homer then becomes morbidly obese, and eats a teenager in an attempt to “savor” him from the flames of a barbecue fire. Homer morphs into a giant green blob, rampaging through the streets of Springfield, eating all the overweight people he can find. Homer snacks on bus passengers as if they were chocolates and decapitates Ned Flanders. Dr. Phil McGraw shows up with the Simpson family and tells Homer to stop for their sakes. Homer ends his rampaging for fear of losing Marge and vows to use his insatiable appetite for more constructive purposes (he eats Dr. Phil anyway; his last words are “Food does not equal love!”). Later, Mayor Quimby dedicates a new homeless shelter. The homeless people enter the shelter, only to find themselves inside Homer’s gut.

You Gotta Know When to Golem

In a parody of The Golem, at the end of an episode of Krusty’s show, Bart goes backstage to complain about an acid-spraying Krusty brand alarm clock. There he finds the Golem of Prague, a creature from Jewish mythology. Krusty tells Bart that in the 17th century, the Golem was sculpted out of clay by a powerful rabbi and would obey any command written on a scroll and placed in his mouth. Although the golem was created ostensibly to protect Jewish villages, he would obey any scroll placed in his mouth, evil or good. He had been passed down through many generations and now works for Krusty (primarily to deal with hecklers). Bart steals the Golem by writing a command for him to come to his home at midnight. At midnight, the Golem shows up at the Simpsons’ house. From then on, Bart uses him to carry out his commands: swinging Principal Skinner up and down like a yo-yo until he splits in half, and kicking Homer’s walls (the result of a misunderstanding, as the Golem cannot read Bart’s handwriting). Lisa thinks the Golem does not like doing the biddings of others and feeds him a scroll reading “Speak”. The Golem (voiced by Richard Lewis) attempts to roar, then coughs, and reveals that he is a decent being who feels guilty about being used to commit heinous acts, and then he throws up excessive scrolls, one of which reads “Kill the Czar”. To make him feel better, the Simpsons create a female Golem (voiced by Fran Drescher) out of Play-Doh. The two are married by Rabbi Hyman Krustofski and the female Golem convinces Chief Wiggum not to press charges with the promise of pan-fried latkes, a Jewish delicacy (though she only gets to the words “pan fried” before Wiggum agrees).

The Day the Earth Looked Stupid

The population of Springfield are fooled by Orson Welles’ infamous The War of the Worlds 1938 radio broadcast and believe the world has been invaded. Mass panic breaks out, and the citizens begin rioting. Marge voices her belief that the Martians will only destroy humans, so Sideshow Mel suggests they foil the aliens by cavorting naked in the mud like animals. They do this until the following day, when Lisa tells the citizens that it was all a hoax. Angry at being fooled, the citizens of Springfield vow to never fall for such a trick again. Meanwhile, Kang and Kodos, observing the entire event from their orbiting spaceship, decide this is the perfect time for a real invasion, and begin destroying what is left of the town. True to their word, the town does not believe that it is a real invasion and ignores it. Orson Welles comes to Springfield and admits it is not a staged act, but is unable to rouse the disbelieving citizens. The segment ends by jumping forward to three years later, with Kang and Kodos looking over the ruins of occupied Springfield and mulling on what went wrong and why they were not greeted as liberators, as they planned the invasion to rid Earth of “weapons of mass disintegration” which they refer to as “Operation Enduring Occupation” (in a reference to the war on Iraq). The segment ends with the camera pulling away from the smoking ruins of what was once Springfield, as the song “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” by the Ink Spots plays.
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 The Day The Earth Looked Stupid  was Halloween Simpsons at its greatest.

TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XVII

In the opening sequence, Marge talks about Halloween being “last week” and suddenly various logos for other Fox shows pop up on the screen, including the mini logos for American Idol, Fox Sports, Prison Break, Cops, House, and 24. Marge winds up killing several miniature characters that pop up from the logos and bakes them into meatloaf, which she serves to her family. When she cuts it, the other characters’ body parts are shown to spell out the title, “Treehouse of Horror XVIII” and the opening credits.

E.T., Go Home

In a parody of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Marge tells Bart to get butane from their “butane storage shed” in the back yard. As he does so, he finds Kodos there. Kodos states his desire is to return home and that he had come to Earth in peace, though he hints that he was really sent there to destroy mankind. Bart, however, is oblivious to this, and decides to help him return home. Lisa arrives and is happy with the alien in their home and decides to help Bart and Kodos obtain a list of devices (including two tickets to see Avenue Q, Uranium, and “7 billion body bags”) that he can use to contact his home planet, though this appears to be part of his diabolical plan. Homer discovers Kodos when the two accidentally share a shower, but he and Marge decide to let the kids help Kodos anyway, after Kodos hints it would be racist to turn him away (He said that they did not want him in the house because he was Jewish). When NASA agents arrive at the Simpsons home, Homer distracts them by dressing as Abraham Lincoln while Bart sneaks Kodos out. However, when Kodos kills several agents along the way, Bart begins to think Kodos’s intentions are not as friendly as he was led to believe. Finally, Kodos reveals that the devices he had the Simpsons collect were for a portal-generating device so that others of her planet can come to Earth and wipe out the human race and eat their heads. When the aliens (including Kang) invade, the rest of the Simpson family shows up, along with the military. A brief war is waged, and Earth ultimately overpowers the aliens (the massive heads of Kodos’ species make them easy targets for attack helicopters). When Bart is given the option to board a helicopter and shoot Kodos, Bart, seeing Kodos’ smile, decides to spare him. However, Homer shoots Kodos several times. In the end, Earth emerges victorious and the world is saved. The Simpsons are invited to see Kodos’s dissection, where they reflect that since Kodos was an evil-looking alien who turned out to be bad, it must be good to judge a book by its cover. It is revealed that Kodos is still very much alive, as he points what is happening is actually vivisection, only to be suffocated with a pillow by Homer.

Mr. & Mrs. Simpson

In a parody of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Homer and Marge are at a marriage counseling session, recounting a brief moment of tension between them. In the flashback, when arriving home, Homer locks himself in the bathroom and communicates on a hidden flat screen television, where it is revealed Homer is an assassin assigned to eliminate news reporter, Kent Brockman, by order of Homer’s boss, Mr. Burns. Although the bathroom is locked, Bart somehow got in and is sitting on a Mortar, which was the toilet. Before he leaves, he tells Marge he will be coming home late from “Midnight Monkey Madness.” Marge also states that she is busy turning over wheelbarrows. When Homer prepares to shoot Brockman at his rooftop party from a faraway platform, a woman with large blonde hair (whom Homer dubs “the Mystery Skank”) stabs Brockman in the chest. After Homer attempts to repeatedly shoot the woman (ending up with several civilian deaths), he manages to shoot the wig off her head, revealing the “mystery skank” to be Marge.
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Arriving home, the two avoid each other’s eyes, and Marge makes an excuse for the blonde wig. Unfortunately at dinner, Homer (thinking that he is talking in his head) exclaims “I’ll kill her [Marge] after dessert!” which leads the two attempting to kill one another with various weapons such as grenades, rifles, and a minigun, all the while arguing why the other was an assassin, end up destroying most of their house, and killing Grampa Simpson. After killing Chief Wiggum with a crossbow, the two realize they are more attracted with one another when they kill someone together. For this, they soon begin making love over Chief Wiggum’s body and, back to where the episode started, they both realized that they did not need any marriage counseling, but to kill people together. In the end, it turns out that the two were called into Principal Skinner’s office to discuss Bart’s misbehavior on the bus, with Skinner wondering why the two thought they were in a marriage counselor’s office. The two promptly shoot Principal Skinner in the head.

Heck House

On Halloween night, Bart (dressed as the Frankenstein’s monster), Lisa (dressed as a witch), Milhouse (dressed as an astronaut) and Nelson (dressed as a hobo) become frustrated by Agnes Skinner refusing to give them candy, instead spitting into Milhouse’s pumpkin, which was full of candy. Deciding to honor the true meaning of “trick-or-treat,” they begin to pull pranks on everyone. Soon, however, their pranks turn into vandalism and everyone begins to complain. However Homer tells them to lighten up and says “it’s halloween the night for mischief and merriment”, but then in a sudden a pig is thrown on him (possibly the same one from the movie) and then the camera turns up to the kids who are the ones who did it laugh and leave while everyone stares at them. Sideshow Mel shouts out loud “those monsters must be stopped”. Ned Flanders then offers his services to teach them a lesson and fashions the church into a “heck house.” This attracts their attention and they decide to give it a try. Ned Flanders tries to simulate what could happen to them for their sins through the use of crude role-playing by Rod and Todd Flanders, but they scoff at his attempts. Ned then turns to God to give him the power to scare them into loving God and subsequently transforms into the Devil (reprising his role from “Treehouse of Horror IV”), sending the kids to Hell. There he brings up an enormous crystal ball revealing Springfield to be full of the Seven Deadly Sins, and shows them simulations of how they may suffer; Gluttony: Homer slurps his spaghetti too fast, and ends up being turned into spaghetti himself.
Image result for TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XVIIiWrath (called Anger here): Groundskeeper Willie kicks his tractor in frustration and ends up decapitated by it after it transforms into a robot. Pride: Doctor Hibbert gets crushed by a truck (driven by Hans Moleman) after putting a “My Child Is An Honor Student” bumper sticker on his car and taking pride in it. Sloth: Homer is killed again (despite Homer claiming that he already died from eating the magic spaghetti) when he slides through the hammock mesh and gets cubed to pieces Lust, Greed, and Envy: Moe drools over a stripper dancing for him, steals her money, and envies “the crotchless” after getting kicked in the groin.
Hell is then shown with various people from Springfield who have punishments from their doings on Earth. The children resolve not to perform any of the sins again. Ned returns them back to the surface, reverting to his original form.

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Ending sequence

The episode ends with Ned Flanders telling the viewers that they will go to Hell for watching Fox, its affiliates, FX, Fox Sports and reading The Wall Street Journal, which he welcomes to the “club”. Image result for TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XVIIiThe best of the three is Mr and Mrs Simpson, loved the parody and its well suited to the Simpsons.

TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XIX

In the opening scene, Homer tries to vote for Democratic Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 American presidential election. However, the voting machine is rigged to turn his vote into one for Republican Senator John McCain. After six attempts to vote Homer heads out to report the mishap (“This machine is RIGGED! MUST TELL PRESIDENT MCCAIN!”) but the machine sucks him in and kills him, then shoots out his body out of the voting booth. Jasper sticks a patriotic-themed “I voted” sticker on Homer’s forehead.

Untitled Robot Parody

In a parody of Transformers, Bart buys Lisa a Malibu Stacy convertible as a Christmas present. However, the car turns out to be a Transformer. The robot transforms all of the technology in Springfield into robots so they can wage war with each other. Just as two machine factions’ leaders prepare to face off, Marge asks why the robots are at war with one another; as it turns out, they cannot even remember. Thanking Marge, the two sides declare that they will work together, only for the “Optimus Prime-esque” robot to shout “we shall enslave your planet!” The two factions of sentient machines work together to overthrow humanity in which they use Homer’s idea of Springfield’s residents in a game of foosball.

How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising

 Homer takes Maggie to a daycare and encourages her to enjoy a mural featuring Krusty the Clown to make her feel better while she is away from her parents. However, Krusty arrives to have the images of his face sandblasted from the mural, as his likeness is trademarked and used without his permission. This left Maggie upset and an outraged Homer shoves Krusty in retaliation, sending him flying into a wood chipper and shredded alive. Homer is later approached by two advertising agents who have heard of his deed and explain their plan to use celebrities’ likenesses in advertising without issues over permission by simply killing the celebrities who refuse to lend their names to advertising. Homer is then hired as a celebrity assassin, taking out such famous faces as George Clooney (by replacing wet cement with quicksand), Prince (by strangling and stabbing him with his own guitar) and Neil Armstrong (by hitting him with a golf club, in the style of a Rube Goldberg machine). In Heaven, the dead celebrities are outraged by this and stage an attack on the living, with Homer as their main target. Ghost Krusty blasts Homer in the head with a shotgun, after Ghost Krusty tells him that the one true religion is a mix between Methodist and voodoo. Ghost Homer gets revenge by locking out all the celebrities in Heaven, but the joke is on him when an apparently gay Ghost Abraham Lincoln pretends to be Ghost Homer’s friend so he can hit on him for all eternity
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It’s the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse

In a parody of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Milhouse waits in a pumpkin patch on Halloween for the Grand Pumpkin (which Bart made up) with Lisa. After Lisa sees everyone at school having a Halloween party, she grows tired of waiting and leaves in frustration. Milhouse starts to cry and his tears and childlike belief bring the Grand Pumpkin to life. However, the Pumpkin is appalled to find that his kindred pumpkins are being carved up on Halloween and made into pumpkin bread, originally thinking it was bread especially made for pumpkins until Milhouse revealed it is made from them, and vows revenge. He devours Homer as he carves a pumpkin, then marches to the school and eats Nelson who threatens to stab a yellow pumpkin. It becomes apparent at this point that the Grand Pumpkin is racist towards this type of pumpkin and then eats Groundskeeper Willie after being offered roasted pumpkin seeds. Realizing that Milhouse can bring things to life by believing in them, Lisa tells him about “Tom Turkey”, a symbol of Thanksgiving. Milhouse starts to believe in Tom Turkey, who comes to life and kills the Grand Pumpkin, freeing everyone he ate. However, when Tom Turkey learns that people eat turkeys on Thanksgiving from Bart, he vows revenge and starts angrily chasing children around the school, devouring some of them whole as Marge wishes the viewers happy holidays.
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This segment may not be all that gory, but it’s funny and, quite honestly, it will just make you feel good.

TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XX

Traditional horror movie characters such as Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, and Dracula roam the streets of Springfield on Halloween night. After they are teased by Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney, they get new, more modern costumes from a Halloween store, with Frankenstein’s monster as SpongeBob, Dracula as Iron Man, The Wolf Man as Harry Potter and The Mummy as Captain Jack Sparrow. They then go to an adult Halloween party thrown by Homer and Marge, but are soon confronted by their wives, who are angry that their husbands lied about going out to kill children tonight. Homer tries to intervene as the wives begin to assault their husbands, only to be decapitated, and his eyes are then replaced with two red x’s, the title of the episode then appears onscreen.

Dial “M” for Murder or Press “#” to Return to Main Menu

In a parody of Strangers on a Train, Lisa wants revenge after being sent to detention by Ms. Hoover for disrupting class as she claims another student topped her through a tutor. Bart hatches a “criss-cross” plan and tells Lisa that if she pulls a “ding-dong ditch” on Mrs. Krabappel, he will do the same to Ms. Hoover. Lisa thinks this means ringing the bell at Mrs. Krabappel’s apartment and leaving. However, Lisa soon learns that Bart meant for her to kill Mrs. Krabappel (and dump the corpse in a ditch), as he has killed Ms. Hoover. Bart attempts to coax Lisa into killing Mrs. Krabappel with a paper cutter, but she refuses. Eventually, Bart decides to blackmail her into it with help from Willie, who would frame Lisa for the decapitated Skinner to honor his side of the “criss-cross” in which Bart killed Skinner. Realizing that Bart would frame her for these incidents, Lisa tricks him into belief that she was submitting at his will only to get a knife from his hands and attempts to kill Bart in self-defense, beginning a chase sequence. Bart finally finds shelter at a crowded playground carousel, but is left at Lisa’s mercy when the other children leave to get ice cream. Lisa, however, recognizing that she would not be better than Bart, says she will never be a murderer, and attempts to throw the knife away. The knife cycles out of control and ends up nailing Bart in the head just as Mrs. Krabappel appears, pleased at his death. Despite her shock for accidentally killed Bart, Lisa agrees that it is better this way and she and Krabappel walk away smiling, leaving the murdered Bart to spin around on the carousel.

Don’t Have a Cow, Mankind

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Krusty the Clown introduces a new version of his Krusty Burger, the Burger2, made from cattle that have eaten other cattle in their feed. Upon eating a burger on live television, Kent Brockman begins to comment on the taste before turning, gray, red-eyed, and cannibalistic, starting a chain reaction of people getting eaten. Twenty-eight days later, Springfield has become overrun by zombies (again and for the third time, not counting a Halloween-themed couch gag) — only now, they are referred to as “munchers.” The Simpsons are established to be one of the few survivors. One day, Bart, tired of eating fruit, escapes from his family’s barricaded house and eats one of the burgers, but turns out to be immune to its effects. Over the phone, a besieged Dr. Hibbert (who is fighting back quite well until the end of the phone call) tells them that Bart’s immunity may be the key to developing a cure to the epidemic, a genetic “chosen one”, and that they must bring Bart to a so-called “safe zone” outside the city. The Simpsons are attacked by the munchers after a failed attempt to sneak out. They are saved by Apu (after Rainier Wolfcastle failed his attempt), driving an armored off-road truck. Apu explains that he was never infected because, as a vegan and a Hindu, he is morally opposed to eating anything that was once an animal, and, as a convenience store clerk, he is “armed to the teeth” in case of a store robbery or a zombie apocalypse. The group tries to leave Springfield, but Apu crashes the truck on top of a pile of smashed cars. Apu goes to push the car off the pile, but the Simpsons drive away thinking Apu sacrificed himself, when he actually wanted the Simpsons to wait for him. After Apu is killed, the Simpsons drive on but run out of gas, walking the rest of the way to the safe zone. During their journey, Homer is bitten by a muncher Mr. Burns after picking off his nose, thinking he was dead, thus turning him into a muncher himself. The family decide not to kill him in the hopes of finding a cure. They reach the safe zone, where Bart – being immune to the muncher virus – is worshiped as the “chosen one”. However, the people there believe that cannibalizing Bart will save them from the virus. The Simpsons think of another solution: vaccinating the remaining populace by having Bart bathe in their food before eating it.

There’s No Business Like Moe Business

In a parody of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in which is presented like a Broadway musical, Moe is lonely and upset that he does not have a girlfriend and is jealous when he sees Homer and Marge together. When Homer falls into the basement of the bar and is impaled by the microbrew pipes, his blood becomes the secret ingredient in Moe’s new beer. Everyone loves this new beer, saying that it makes them feel warm, secure and cozy on the inside. Moe uses this to his advantage and woos Marge, tricking her into thinking that Homer came out of the closet as a homosexual and left Marge, when in reality, Homer is slowly dying from losing blood. Homer emerges, alive, despite being impaled by Moe’s microbrew machine, hurls a dummy of Moe across the room, and reunites with Marge.

Ending

Then, the whole audience except for Kang and Kodos gather onstage and conclude the episode by singing “Number XX” Where Kang then shushes the audience, gesturing at Kodos, who has fallen asleep with the playbill over his helmet.
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A fine addition to the Halloween specials. I enjoyed all of the stories, and the Sweeney Todd segment was a nice treat.