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Watch the Guillermo Del Toro directed opening credits for The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV

Oct. 3, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Ah, THE SIMPSONS Halloween episode, a time honored tradition for over two decades. Even though the baseball playoffs force the special to be aired weeks before or after Halloween, the show still manages to give us some gory and hilarious moments year after year. This year they have cooked up something special by having Guillermo Del Toro come in to direct the opening titles to the special and boy is it awesome.

Entertainment Weekly premiered the almost three minute sequence which is crammed full with references to Del Toro's films including HELLBOY, BLADE II, and PAN'S LABYRINTH. I especially like seeing the PACIFIC RIM homage here. There are also a couple of cameos from Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock, making this one of the better Halloween sequences we have seen on the show in quite some time.

Guillermo Del Toro has had a good deal of involvement in animation over the last few years. He served as a creative consultant for the Dreamworks films MEGAMIND, KUNG FU PANDA 2, PUSS IN BOOTS, and RISE OF THE GUARDIANS. He has other animated projects lined up including a take on PINOCCHIO and possibly a segment for a HEAVY METAL sequel.

THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR XIV airs Sunday, October 5th on FOX.

Extra Tidbit: What is your favorite SIMPSONS Halloween episode? I still love the 3D Homer one.

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4:06PM on 10/05/2013

That is just freaking AWESOME!!!

Great job!
Great job!
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7:41AM on 10/04/2013
Loved it.. too bad that they didn't have Del Toro direct the actual Halloween episodes
Loved it.. too bad that they didn't have Del Toro direct the actual Halloween episodes
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1:44AM on 10/04/2013

God I hate your player

it has always been shit.
it has always been shit.
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12:55AM on 10/04/2013
kickass enjoyed it
kickass enjoyed it
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10:59PM on 10/03/2013

Awesome Ray Bradbury reference!

I loved it.
I loved it.
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10:08PM on 10/03/2013
Loved the Phantom of the Paradise reference! Also: Godzilla's roar, 7th Voyage of Sinbad, effing Ray Bradbury, The Car, Nosferatu, Invasion of the Saucer Men, Ymir, Gort, and about a million other classic horror films. Gotta go back and watch it again. That is insane!
Loved the Phantom of the Paradise reference! Also: Godzilla's roar, 7th Voyage of Sinbad, effing Ray Bradbury, The Car, Nosferatu, Invasion of the Saucer Men, Ymir, Gort, and about a million other classic horror films. Gotta go back and watch it again. That is insane!
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8:56PM on 10/03/2013

Is it 1995?

Hmmmmmm. The Simpsons is still on. Who knew.
Hmmmmmm. The Simpsons is still on. Who knew.
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8:51PM on 10/03/2013

VIDEO PLAYER IS 100% CRAP

C'MON.. whats worse than spending 33 minutes to download at 3 minute clip????
Hell I thought I was the only one.... GET A BETTER PLAYER... USE YOUTUBE INSTEAD!! I HATE THIS THING!!!
C'MON.. whats worse than spending 33 minutes to download at 3 minute clip????
Hell I thought I was the only one.... GET A BETTER PLAYER... USE YOUTUBE INSTEAD!! I HATE THIS THING!!!
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8:47PM on 10/03/2013

Player is crap

Well I could not even watch it, I have 3MB plus cable internet and I could not even make it through 5 seconds of the video...but of course the commercial played fine. This new player blows.
Well I could not even watch it, I have 3MB plus cable internet and I could not even make it through 5 seconds of the video...but of course the commercial played fine. This new player blows.
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8:53PM on 10/03/2013
that happened to me as well.......on ALL the joblo videos!!!!!!!!!!
that happened to me as well.......on ALL the joblo videos!!!!!!!!!!
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8:36PM on 10/03/2013
Awesome but that video player is total crap. It took 15 mins to load a 3 min clip stopping constantly. Just use YouTube as it works soo much better. You probably won't take any notice though.
Awesome but that video player is total crap. It took 15 mins to load a 3 min clip stopping constantly. Just use YouTube as it works soo much better. You probably won't take any notice though.
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8:50PM on 10/03/2013
YEAH I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHIT BLOODY HELL
I thought I was the only one this was happening with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YEAH I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHIT BLOODY HELL
I thought I was the only one this was happening with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8:20PM on 10/03/2013
I never thought of Guillermo del Toro as someone who would do self-parody so very, very well! Love the cameos; the Stephen King one is a really nice callback to "The Shinning", still one of the best Simpsons movie parodies ever.
I never thought of Guillermo del Toro as someone who would do self-parody so very, very well! Love the cameos; the Stephen King one is a really nice callback to "The Shinning", still one of the best Simpsons movie parodies ever.
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7:58PM on 10/03/2013
Too much awesome for my brain to process. As for the tidbit, I also agree that 3D Homer can't be beaten.
Too much awesome for my brain to process. As for the tidbit, I also agree that 3D Homer can't be beaten.
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7:55PM on 10/03/2013
Has to be one of the best openings for any show I've ever seen. Del Toro should have just directed the whole damn episode! So good!
Has to be one of the best openings for any show I've ever seen. Del Toro should have just directed the whole damn episode! So good!
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7:45PM on 10/03/2013
Hypno Toad!
Hypno Toad!
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7:03PM on 10/03/2013

embedded video player sucks

The video froze 5 times in the first 10 seconds. Go back to youtube.
The video froze 5 times in the first 10 seconds. Go back to youtube.
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6:57PM on 10/03/2013

Genius

Pure Genius
Pure Genius
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6:39PM on 10/03/2013
That was amazing!! Loved spotting the referances!! Seeing cthulhu simpsonized is awesome!
That was amazing!! Loved spotting the referances!! Seeing cthulhu simpsonized is awesome!
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6:11PM on 10/03/2013
That was terrific. I'm glad that he found time to pepper in nods to himself along with the plethora of other influences. The moment I saw Pacific Rim in the distance the game was on.
That was terrific. I'm glad that he found time to pepper in nods to himself along with the plethora of other influences. The moment I saw Pacific Rim in the distance the game was on.
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5:51PM on 10/03/2013
Saw Hellboy,Pan's,Pacific Rim,Blade,Cronos,Mimic...feels like I'm missing one
Saw Hellboy,Pan's,Pacific Rim,Blade,Cronos,Mimic...feels like I'm missing one
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6:01PM on 10/03/2013
When they finally get to the couch Homer is the ghost boy from The Devil's Backbone :)
When they finally get to the couch Homer is the ghost boy from The Devil's Backbone :)
5:44PM on 10/03/2013
Better early than in November
Better early than in November
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5:22PM on 10/03/2013
Is there a version that is NOT U.S. only to view or just wait till Sunday?
Is there a version that is NOT U.S. only to view or just wait till Sunday?
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5:37PM on 10/03/2013
Updated to a better video for you!
Updated to a better video for you!
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