The simpsonsThe annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween specials follow a classic horror anthology format. There are a few exceptions, but most “Treehouse of Horror” episodes feature three segments telling ghost stories involving the Simpson family. These non-canonical stories could kill Homer or turn Bart into a murderer without worrying about the consequences.
Over the years, these Halloween specials have given audiences plenty of forgettable stories, but also a bunch of iconic ones. From a parody of the brilliant to a zombie uprising in Springfield, some The simpsons‘ The funniest material can be found in the Halloween specials.
ten Dial “Z” for zombies
The last segment of “Treehouse of Horror III” is a comedic take on zombie movies – especially parodying Return of the Living Dead – in which Bart and Lisa accidentally unleash hordes of the undead on the people of Springfield.
“Dial ‘Z’ for Zombies” is both a hysterical satire of zombie genre tropes and conventions and a genuinely chilling tale of a zombie uprising.
9 Bart’s nightmare
The three segments of “Treehouse of Horror II” consist of nightmares experienced by Homer, Bart, and Lisa after eating too much candy on Halloween night. In Bart’s nightmare, he’s an omnipotent sociopath who makes the whole world live in fear of his powers. The mischievous Bart was perfect for the role of the bad boy from “It’s a Good Life”, the blurred area spoofed episode in this segment.
The episode’s framing narrative adds a hilarious irony to this segment. Each segment is a nightmare suffered by one of the characters. From Bart’s perspective, being the supernatural tyrant in charge of the world is just an ordinary dream. It only becomes a nightmare and wakes him up with a fright when he begins to bond with his father.
8 Hell Toupee
The first segment of “Treehouse of Horror IX” has a great horror premise and a brilliantly pun-tastic title, both taken from an episode of amazing stories.
In “Hell Toupée”, after the execution of Snake Jailbird, her sumptuous hair is given to Homer. After the transplant, Snake’s hair clings to Homer’s brain and turns him into a killer to take care of his unfinished business.
7 Terror at 5½ feet
“Terror at 5½ Feet”, the central segment of “Treehouse of Horror IV”, is a parody of The twilight zone episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, which was later adapted for the blurred area film.
In the original version blurred area scenario, a man sees a gremlin on the wing of his plane and all cabin crew and passengers think he is imagining it. The simpsons‘parody rearranges the story to revolve around a paranoid Bart sitting on the school bus.
6 Nightmare on the Evergreen Terrace
The second segment of “Treehouse of Horror VI” is a parody of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with Groundskeeper Willie playing the role of Freddy Krueger and targeting Bart and Lisa in their dreams.
The simpsons had more fun with the premise of a knife-fingered serial killer chasing the kids through the dreamscape than most Elm Street sequels did.
5 time and punishment
In “Time and Punishment,” the central chapter of “Treehouse of Horror V,” Homer accidentally turns his toaster into a time machine, travels back to prehistory, makes a few small changes, and returns to a very different present.
Every time he tries to make reality what it should be, he makes things worse. This segment is a hilarious exploration of the concept of the “butterfly effect” (told through Homer’s signature incompetence).
4 ruthless clown
“Clown Without Pity”, the first segment of “Treehouse of Horror III”, is a parody of Child’s play – among other killer doll films – featuring a murderous Krusty the Clown doll.
When Homer forgets to buy Bart a birthday present, he rushes to a toy store called the House of Evil and buys a talking Krusty the Clown doll which turns out to be sentient (and bloodthirsty). The hysterical final twist reveals that the Krusty Doll has gone into “evil” mode.
3 The Devil and Homer Simpson
In the first segment of “Treehouse of Horror IV”, Homer sells his soul for a donut, at which point the Devil appears to him in the form of Ned Flanders to claim it.
Homer finds an escape by not finishing the donut, but he has the last bite in the middle of the night and suddenly has to stand trial to determine if he should be sentenced to spend eternity in hell.
2 Lisa’s Nightmare
The first segment of “Treehouse of Horror II”, based on Lisa’s nightmare, is a tribute to the classic short story by WW Jacobs monkey’s paw. Homer buys the paw of a cursed wish-granting monkey, but learns that every wish has ironic ramifications.
Lisa wishes for world peace, but this sets the stage for an alien invasion. Homer wants a turkey sandwich, but the turkey is a bit dry.
1 the brilliant
“The Shinning,” the first segment of “Treehouse of Horror V,” is a perfect parody of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic adaptation of the brilliant. The Simpsons are hired to tend to Mr. Burns’ secluded mansion during the winter, where the lack of beer and TV drives Homer crazy, à la Jack Torrance.
This parody hilariously deflates the terror of the classic Bright moments. When gallons of blood are released from an elevator, Burns jokes, “Usually the blood flows on the second floor.”
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