The annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode of "The Simpsons" airs this Sunday, and to promote it, the show released an extended opening sequence, which was created with the help of GUILLERMO DEL TORO.
(He's the director behind the movies "Pan's Labyrinth", "Hellboy", "Pacific Rim" and "The Devil's Backbone".)
The opening is almost three minutes long, and it references DOZENS of horror movies, including: "The Birds", "The Shining" and"Phantom of the Opera".
, Stephen King
, Alfred Hitchcock
, Edgar Allan Poe
and RAY BRADBURY
also have cameos.
Here's a list of even more horror references from the video . . .
"Godzilla" (His roar is heard early on . . . then his bones are seen buried in the ground later on.)
"Pacific Rim" (There's a Jaeger fighting a Kaiju in the background.)
"The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" (The cyclops who eats the giant donut.)
"The Shining" (Bart writing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.")
"Hellboy" (Played by Willie the groundskeeper)
"Blade 2" (When Homer's mouth splits open in the nuclear power plant, and his friend Carl goes all Wesley Snipes and chases him. "Blade 2" is a Del Toro movie, FYI.)
"Pan's Labyrinth" (Mr. Burns with the eyeballs on his palms.)
"Cronos" (The metal objects being run through the scanner with Maggie. The Bug thing that happens is a reference to "Mimic". Both are Del Toro flicks.)
"The Phantom of the Paradise" (He's the one playing the piano when the Phantoms of the Opera are singing.)
The Universal Monsters (Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Invisible Man, and the Metaluna Mutant from "This Island Earth" chase Bart on his skateboard.)
Then there's a montage that contains the following . . .
"Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling
The xenomorph from "Alien"
The Ymir from "20 Million Miles to Earth"
The aliens from "Invasion of the Saucer Men"
Lon Chaney Sr. from "London After Midnight"
Three sword-wielding skeletons from "Jason and the Argonauts"
A Morlock from "The Time Machine"
The helmet-wearing gorilla from "Robot Monster"
The creature from "The Thing from Another World"
Johnny "The Half-Boy" Eck and Schlitze the Pinhead from "Freaks"
The robot Gort from "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
hen when the family hits the couch at the end, Lisa Simpson falls through, into what's an "Alice In Wonderland" homage at first. Then it goes back to "Pan's Labyrinth".
And last but not least, the black car that Maggie is driving is from the 1977 horror flick "The Car".
(P.S., don't hate on me for missing a few. I know I did. There were a couple things in there I wasn't sure about, so I just let 'em go.)