For the 24th ‘Treehouse of Horror’ special, ‘The Simpsons’ enlisted director Guillermo Del Toro to create the opening sequence. The 2-minute-45-seconds long opening features a number of nods to Del Toro’s work, and pays tribute to other masters of horror.
Throughout the sequence we see Edna Krabappel sitting in front of the school with Alfred Hitchcock, who is feeding birds. Chief Wiggum appears as a cyclops, like the ones made famous by the late visual effects creator Ray Harryhausen. Bart writes “All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy,” from ‘The Shining’ a movie the show has parodied before, on the blackboard. The always creepy Stephen King appears behind him scribbling on the walls. I could go on, but I’ll let you figure them out for yourself!
Del Toro was initially offered a guest voice role, and a chance to do a quick couch gag, but ended up re-imagining the whole opening credits.
“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,” he says. I have to say, he did great job.
You can watch the ‘Treehouse of Horror’ episode on Sunday night at 8 p.m. on Fox.