Movie references and parodies of famous films have been an integral part of “The Simpsons” since the long-running animated series first hit the airwaves in 1989. From “King Kong,” “Citizen Kane,” and “Ben-Hur,” to “The Godfather,” “The Shining,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Friday the 13th,” “The Untouchables,” and even “Paranormal Activity,” if you can name a movie, chances are it’s been parodied on “The Simpsons” at some point. There are even entire blogs dedicated to cataloging the many nods made to cinema by the cartoon sitcom over the years.
However, no single episode of “The Simpsons” has packed in quite as many movie references as the upcoming “Treehouse of Horror XXIV.” The intro to this year’s Halloween episode was directed by “Pacific Rim” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. At almost three minutes long, the extended title sequence is a grab bag of movie monster history and horror-themed self-reference.
“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 toldRead More »from Watch Guillermo del Toro’s monster-filled Halloween intro for ‘The Simpsons’ (VIDEO)