Watch Guillermo del Toro's Amazing Tribute to Horror with Upcoming Simpsons Intro
It’s that time of year again. Time for The Simpsons to roll out the annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode. This time around, the Simpsons crew enlisted the help of horror-legend Guillermo del Toro to direct their opening sequence.
In the extended clip released online, del Toro pays homage to a massive range of horror/fantasy icons including his own Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth along with Blade, Alfred Hitchcock and Frankenstein.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director talked about what he hoped to do with his Simpsons takeover: “The Simpsons titles are so iconic and yet they’ve never been riffed in this vein,” he says. “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.”
The director also said he hoped to one day direct his own segment for a “Treehouse of Horror” episode. “There’s a lot of stuff in the title sequence that’s pretty graphic,” he says, “but it would be great to make a “Treehouse of Horror” that is really scary — that actually makes you shiver.”
Over the years, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has recruited several artists to take over the opening sequence to the show including John Kricfalusi (The Ren & Stimpy Show), animator Bill Plympton and the team from Robot Chicken.
The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” airs Oct. 6.
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