Must Watch: Guillermo del Toro's 'The Simpsons' Monstrous Opening

October 3, 2013

The Simpsons

This weekend marks an annual tradition on TV with "The Simpsons" Halloween special dubbed "Treehouse of Horror," and this time a horror master from the film world got involved in the ghoulishly good time. Guillermo del Toro helped put together an epic opening sequence for the special episode which is full of homages to horror classics from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Universal's classic movie monsters to del Toro's own horror creations in films like Pan's Labyrinth and even some Pacific Rim kaiju fighting Jaegers if you look close. And they're all mixed with the characters from "The Simpsons."

Here's Guillermo del Toro's awesome opening titles for "The Simpsons" airing this Sunday:

Speaking with EW, del Toro spoke extensively about taking on this opportunity as a huge genre fan, and also a lifelong fan of the iconic animated series, "'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." For del Toro's more lengthy response and other details, read the full story over at Entertainment Weekly. Cool stuff?

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So great. GDT is amazing.

DAVIDPD on Oct 3, 2013


The Simpsons are still on TV? Who knew?

vermithrax_pejorative on Oct 3, 2013


Longest running Fox program dude.

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 4, 2013


Fox is still a network? Who knew?

vermithrax_pejorative on Oct 4, 2013


Slick, proly the best bit of Simpsons in the last 10 years right there.

Brian Sleider on Oct 3, 2013


I see a problem with this. I mean don't misunderstood me,i'm a fan of Del Toro and The Simpsons, as well, but the real problem here is that i'm from another country and i can't see it!

toonfed on Oct 3, 2013



CellReborn on Oct 3, 2013



dvt on Oct 4, 2013

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