As we reported here on iHorror last month, the loveable gang from the Toy Story films will be starring in their very own Halloween special on October 16th. Though the special marks Buzz and the gang’s first foray into terror town, horrific Halloween happenings are an annual tradition for another group of loveable animated characters; The Simpsons.
The Simpsons aired its very first Halloween special in the second season of the show, way back in October of 1990. The episode was titled ‘The Treehouse of Horror,’ which from that point on became the title for the Halloween specials that they’ve put out every year since. Now in its 25th season, the 24th annual Treehouse of Horror special is headed our way this Sunday night on Fox, at 8/7c. If you don’t want to wait until then to get your fill of Simpsons style horror then you’re in luck, because the 3 minute opening sequence of the episode has just hit the net. And when I say it’s the coolest thing you’ll see all week, I truly mean that it’s the coolest thing you’ll see all week.
Though the actual Treehouse of Horror XXIV episode is directed by longtime Simpsons director Rob Oliver, Guillermo Del Toro was recruited to put his own unique spin on the special’s opening sequence – and boy did he ever. The Treehouse of Horror episodes are known for their memorable opening credits sequences, but Del Toro went way above and beyond the call of duty, turning the opening of the episode into a veritable theme park ride full of monsters and oodles of awesome references – both to his own films and the films of others. Memorable quite frankly doesn’t even begin to describe it.
A longtime fan of the series (he has a room in his home that’s full of Simpsons merchandise), Del Toro was originally asked to lend his voice for a guest spot in the episode or contribute something quick and simple to the special, but he decided instead to go much bigger – essentially creating an animated love letter to horror films. Though the Treehouse of Horror episodes are always jam packed with homages to the movies we all love, the opening to this one alone contains as many smile-inducing nods as a handful of those full episodes – to the point that you’re probably going to have to watch it more than once to catch them all.
Check out Del Toro’s incredible creation below, and don’t miss the full episode this Sunday night!
Del Toro says that he’d love to direct a full Treehouse of Horror episode in the future, expressing interest in making a more horrific one than we’ve ever seen before. “It would be great to make a Treehouse of Horror that is really scary,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “One that actually makes you shiver.” To say I say… BRING IT ON!