treehouse of horror
The 'Spider-Man' story was perhaps the most bizarre, as it featured a catatonic Homer Simpson ultimately fighting crime even though he couldn't move. But the accidents caused by that were a clear poke at the accident-prone musical.
In the 22nd annual 'Treehouse of Horror,' our favorite Springfield residents spoof '127 Hours,' 'Avatar,' and many more pop culture phenomenons.
Check out Fox's official description and posters for the event below.
In the latest installment of the 'Treehouse of Horror' series, Daniel Radcliffe guest starred as "Edmund." The 'Harry Potter' star played a vampire ... whose name and attitude resembled a character from a very famous film and book series ... Maybe you can name the character we're thinking of?
After saving Lisa from a series of accidents (just like in 'Twilight'!), Edmund offered to bite her on the neck and make her immortal. To which Lisa promptly said: No thank you.
So how to narrow down 21 years and 60 segments to a mere 10? Just contemplating it can drive you mad!
This year's episode airs Sun., Nov. 7, (that's right after Halloween), but we couldn't wait to revisit the 'Simpsons' best horror send-ups. We've got vampires, zombies, killer clowns. But hey, note to Matt Groening: Where are the mummies?
- The whole Balloon Boy fiasco and why the 24-hour news networks were so fixated on it,
- Reality news from Michael, including a flu scare on Dancing With The Stars,
- A discussion on why The Simpsons, especially the "Treehouse of Horror" series, is in decline,
- Another dip into our Ask TV Squad mailbag,
- Our picks for the week, and much more.
You can listen to the podcast below, or download it by subscribing to our RSS podcast feed. It is also available via iTunes. Feel free to leave us feedback in the comments.
By the way, the music at the beginning and end of the podcast is "Life" by Justin Trawick.
As always, the special is broken into three parts. This year's batch: a send-up of Alfred Hitchcock films, 28 Days Later, and Sweeney Todd. That sounded promising enough, and yet ...
Maybe I'm too old for the "Treehouse." Or maybe they just try and do too much. Or maybe, as was the case with all three of this year's segments, they have decent enough set-ups, but their endings are all stupid.
The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network is ticked that The Simpsons annual "Treehouse of Horror" special had a line from Nelson Muntz that they consider a gay slur. Muntz said "that's so gay" towards Milhouse in a scene in the episode this past weekend. A spokesman for the group says that Muntz should visit thinkb4youspeak.com, a site that asks people not to use the word gay in a negative way. I guess that will be a Very Special Episode of The Simpsons.
The funny thing is this is not even the first time that the show has used the line "that's so gay." I think I remember it being used by one of Nelson's buddies when he was dating Lisa several seasons ago. I think the line was something like "You have a girlfriend? That's so gay!"
So, is this a slur or are people just overreacting at a joke, being too PC?
This Sunday, FOX will air the annual Simpsons Halloween special "Treehouse of Horror" episode. We've already told you that this year's installment will spoof Peanuts, advertising, and Transformers. Now we have some screen shots of the opening credits, courtesy of Best Week Ever.
As you can see from the picture above, The Simpsons are doing Mad Men this season. Now, there's nothing particularly Halloween-ish or scary about Mad Men (though we could talk for hours about how Mad Men really is kind of frightening, with marriages and characters and the American Dream falling apart and all that), but I've been waiting for someone to parody the beautiful opening credits.
The classic Peanuts show is one of the segments spoofed (it's called "It's The Great Pumpkin, Milhouse") on the annual Halloween episode of the show. The other segments include a Transformers spoof (the robots try to destroy Springfield, of course), and the segment I'm most looking forward to, a Mad Men takeoff. Seems that advertising agencies hire Homer to kill celebrities so they can make a bunch of money off of their likenesses. It's called "How To Get Ahead In Deadvertising." We'll see Homer falling off of a building a la Mad Men's opening credits.
As is often the case, the Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" episode will actually air after Halloween, on November 2. After the jump, a video retrospective of the show's Halloween episodes and a sneak peek at one of the scenes from the new one.
(S18E04) I always try to give the Simpsons Halloween specials the benefit of the doubt, because obviously when they first decided to do one for each season, starting with "Treehouse of Horror I" in season two, they probably weren't thinking they might have to keep coming up with three new vignettes every year for almost two decades, with no clear sign of stopping anytime soon.
So I cut the series a little bit of slack when it comes to these Halloween episodes, because sometimes you just run out of scary things to spoof and you end up creating something like "You Gotta Know When to Golem," about a mystical Jewish creature who becomes Bart's unwitting slave. But even though this was the least of the three stories this year, it did have some funny moments. I loved how the family created a bride for the Golem out of Play-Doh, and how the Golem turned from a silent killing machine to a neurotic freak that won't shut up the moment he's allowed to speak.
A note to the people who put together these press kits: if you want to woo me, fill the kit with lots and lots of candy. I don't care if it has anything to do with the television program you're promoting or not. I want lots of damn chocolate, and I want it now. As you can see in the picture above, this press kit for the upcoming "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons was stuffed with mini candy bars, Blow Pops and peanuts, all of which I scarfed down fairly quickly, growling under my breath like a starving dog protecting his food bowl.
No spoilers in this preview, Simpsons fans.
I'll have a few review when the episode airs on November 5, but here's a taste of what you can look forward to:
The first vignette, titled "Married to the Blob," spoofs the classic camp classic The Blob, this time with Homer becoming an ever-enlarging mass of man-blob who just can't stop himself from eating every person he comes across. As always, it takes Marge to finally talk some sense into Homer, with a little help from guest star Dr. Phil.
Aaaaannyway, if you're hankering for some "Treehouse", the Chowdaheads blog has what you need; they have posted video of all sixteen "Treehouse" episodes. The video embeds are pretty small, but at least you can see them all in one place. That is, if you don't have the "Treehouse" DVDs. And I do agree with the Chowdaheads: "Treehouses" two through nine are the best ones.
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