Guillermo del Toro's "Simpsons" opening is eerie, haunting

The famed horror and fantasy director revamped the "couch gag" for the show's annual Halloween episode

By Prachi Gupta
October 4, 2013 9:10PM (UTC)
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"Pan's Labyrinth"and "Pacific Rim" director Guillermo del Toro, who is apparently a "huge" "Simpsons" fan, has created a brilliant extended opening for the show's upcoming Halloween special, "Treehouse of Horror XXIV."

"We talked about doing it around the movies I have done, but I felt I'd rather mix those images with the creatures and monsters of film, which have influenced me enormously," del Toro told USA Today. "So, I said, 'Why don't we do a really long riff on the title sequence, rather than just a couch gag?'"


The opening pays homage to filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, writers Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King and Ray Bradbury, and fantasy figures like Cyclops, Hellboy and Frankenstein's monster, to name a few. Although del Toro claims that he "ended up cramming in about 1/50th of what I wanted," executive producer Al Jean called the opening "encyclopedic." "There's very little you could think of that's missing," he said.

Prachi Gupta

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