Watch Guillermo del Toro’s Ghoulish Opening for THE SIMPSONS’ Treehouse of Horror XXIV

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Those of you who are familiar with Guillermo del Toro’s work should enjoy this opening to the upcoming Halloween special of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV.  The long-running animated series is known for inviting famous folks to guest star on episodes, but del Toro opted to leave his mark by turning Springfield into his own Hellish playground.

The sharp-eyed among you will catch nods to del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Blade, in addition to appearances by Cthulhu, Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock, Edgar Allan Poe, Universal’s classic movie monsters and much, much more (including a hypnotoad cameo!).  This must be what it’s like to peek inside del Toro’s mind at any given moment.  Hit the jump to watch del Toro’s opening for the Halloween special and for more from the visionary director himself.

Check out the opening for The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XXIV below:

Think you spotted all the references?  Compare your notes to what del Toro said about his vision for the opening:

“The Simpsons titles are so iconic and yet they’ve never been riffed in this vein. I really wanted to land the connections between the [show’s] set pieces and the titles and some of the most iconic horror movies, and intersperse them with some of my stuff in there for pure joy.  For example the idea that Ms. Krabappel could be outside the school with Alfred Hitchcock which is a reference to the sequence in The Birds that happens outside of the school in Bodega Bay. To use Chief Wiggum as the Cyclops from Harryhausen, dipping the [Lard Lad] donut in a water tank, to have the nuclear spill from Mr. Burns’ plant create zombies — all of this stuff seems to make sense to interconnect. If Homer really gets a radioactive isotope, he could turn into a reaper from Blade. Or the famous shot that is always in the titles — Maggie driving and then you pull back and there’s Marge driving, right? But in this case Maggie is driving, and she’s driving the car from the horror movie from the 70s called The Car, which is one of my favorite guilty pleasure B-movies. And what if Lisa is in the music class, but she’s in the music class with every Phantom of the Opera ever made? It was a unique opportunity.”

guillermo-del-toroIt sounds like del Toro wanted to put even more into the opening but the creative forces had to draw the line at 2-minutes-and-45-seconds:

“I integrate[d] Lisa falling through the couch like Alice in Wonderland but in the dress of the girl from Pan’s Labyrinth, and instead of landing next to the giant toad in Pan’s Labyrinth, she lands next to the Hypnotoad from Futurama. At the last minute I wanted to put a Mexican wrestler in there, but [casting producer] Bonnie Pietila said to me, ‘We’ve got to go! We cannot keep adding and adding stuff.”

Which was del Toro’s favorite bit?

“Guy said, ‘Why don’t we have Smithers clean the eyes and he gets eaten? It defined the relationship between Burns and Smithers perfectly. That was the thing that I enjoyed the most — to take what we feel when we’re watching the title sequence or the characters and make it organic.”

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV airs on Fox this Sunday, October 6th at 8/7c.




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  • GrimReaper07

    I haven’t liked The Simpsons for years now, but that was pretty fantastic

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  • bidi

    even though i haven’t watched The Simpsons in years, i always watch the Treehouse of Horror episodes. will definitely be watching this one. does del Toro’s involvement stop with the opening title sequence?

  • MITIOR

    You forgot Cronos and Mimic I think

  • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

    Why can’t they let Guillermo del Toro take over the Simpsons and not just the opening credits for one episode? I’d watch!

  • NICK НΛRT

    that was awesome, especially the cthulu cameo

  • pinkincide

    I’m just glad they’re airing it BEFORE Halloween! Watching Tree House of Horror after Halloween was weirdly depressing.

  • movieguy223

    Haha, slayed it

  • Ridge

    Wow, for the first time in a lot of years, I’m going to wathc this year’s THOH episode, the intro was totally AWESOME! Looks like classic stuff from seasons 4 or 5.

    Hope Del Toro comeback for another THOH episode

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