Talking Simpsons #406: Treehouse Of Horror XXIV


Well, this is it, folks, the final Treehouse Of Horror episode we’ve yet to take a look at, Treehouse Of Horror XXIV, the second episode of season 25 and the 532nd episode, first broadcasted on October 6, 2013 with a script by Jeff Westbrook and directed by Rob Oliver:


The twenty-fourth annual Simpsons Halloween episode features an opening directed by Guillermo del Toro and the following segments:

“Oh, the Places You’ll D’oh!”: In this twisted parody of Dr. Seuss’s children’s books, Homer abducts Bart, Lisa, and Maggie and rides around Springfield wreaking havoc as “The Fat in the Hat”.

“Dead and Shoulders”: In this parody of The Thing with Two Heads, after Bart is decapitated during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa’s body and the two must live together as one — until Bart discovers that he can fully function whenever Lisa is asleep, and sets out to incapacitate her so he can have her body.

“Freaks, No Geeks”: In this parody to the 1932 horror film, Freaks, Homer and Marge are circus performers (a strong man and a trapeze artist respectively) with Burnsum and Bailey, and Homer has a plan to marry Marge off to a circus freak (Moe) so he can rob him of an emerald ring.

In terms of one of the most perfect Treehouse Of Horror episodes ever, this is definitely one of the absolute best ones. Right off that bat, it gets you with this amazing opening sequence directed by Guillermo Del Toro that not only¬†references his work but has so many references to other famous sci-fi and horror movies and TV shows, it’s amazing:

And then after that, the show continues to pile on these incredibly clever and funny shorts starting with this great twisted spoof on The Cat In The Hat and continuing with Dead & Shoulders, which you can make the easy argument that Futurama pretty much did this same plot in which two of the main characters are forced together after an accident but the episode does a good enough job trying to distance itself from that Futurama episode. Lastly, the parody of Freaks is so nicely handled and it’s a great hilarious parody of the movie.

So, yeah, Treehouse Of Horror XXIV is probably the most recent attempt of a perfect episode for the series of Halloween episodes and you know what, that’s a perfect way to cap off these individual reviews for the Treehouse Of Horror episodes.

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