In the past few years, The Simpsons has allowed notable artists, animators and directors to guest direct the show’s intro and it’s a recent tradition that I kind of wish would end. Why, exactly? Well, the guest intros tend to be so, fresh, so imaginative and funny they trick you into believing the episode that follows will be fresh, imaginative and funny. But, no. It’s the same stale, unfunny shit you’ve been ignoring/suffering through for the past twelve years.
Nonetheless, Guillermo del Toro –director of the greatest summer movie nobody saw– is the latest notable to guest direct an intro and, no surprise, it’s amazing. The nearly three minute sequence is overstuffed with horror movie references both obvious and obscure (if you recognized the nods to “The Phantom of the Paradise”, “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Cronos” you are a nerd! Shame on you. Report to your nearest high school boys’ room. A member of the JV Squad will be there shortly to assist in your swirlee). Why they simply didn’t allow del Toro to just write the whole episode and allowed him to do whatever the hell he wanted is unclear because there’s absolutely no way that Treehouse of Horror XXIV is ever going to live up to this.
Treehouse of Horror XXIV can be seen this Sunday on Fox. Probably after a football game that ran too long. So adjust your DVR.