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Encyclopedia > Treehouse of Horror
The Simpsons episode
"Treehouse of Horror"
Bart & Lisa telling each other horror stories in Bart's Treehouse
Episode no. 16
Prod. code 7F04
Orig. airdate October 25th, 1990
Show runner(s) James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Written by John Swartzwelder (part 1)
Jay Kogen & Wallace Wolodarsky (part 2)
Sam Simon and Edgar Allan Poe (part 3)
Directed by Wes Archer (part 1)
Rich Moore (part 2)
David Silverman (part 3)
Guest star(s) James Earl Jones as the moving man, Serak the Preparer, and the narrator of The Raven.
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
James L. Brooks
David Silverman
Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Season 2
October 11, 1990July 11, 1991
  1. Bart Gets an F
  2. Simpson and Delilah
  3. Treehouse of Horror
  4. Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish
  5. Dancin' Homer
  6. Dead Putting Society
  7. Bart vs. Thanksgiving
  8. Bart the Daredevil
  9. Itchy & Scratchy & Marge
  10. Bart Gets Hit by a Car
  11. One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish
  12. The Way We Was
  13. Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment
  14. Principal Charming
  15. Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
  16. Bart's Dog Gets an F
  17. Old Money
  18. Brush with Greatness
  19. Lisa's Substitute
  20. The War of the Simpsons
  21. Three Men and a Comic Book
  22. Blood Feud
List of all The Simpsons episodes
This article refers to the first Treehouse of Horror episode. For an overview of the series of episodes, please see The Simpsons Halloween episodes.

"Treehouse of Horror" (on screen title: "The Simpsons Halloween Special") is the third episode of The Simpsons' second season, which aired on October 25, 1990.[1] Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links Treehouse_of_Horror. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... James L. Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is a three-time Academy Award, nineteen-time Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American producer, writer, and film director. ... Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954[2] in Portland, Oregon;[1] his family name is pronounced , rhymes with raining) is an Emmy Award-winning American cartoonist and the creator of The Simpsons, Futurama and the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. ... Sam Simon is an American television producer and writer, most notable as one of the original developers of The Simpsons, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. ... Al Jean (left) and David Mirkin (right), have both been writers for The Simpsons for more than ten years. ... One of the few pictures of John Swartzwelder. ... Jay Kogen is an American comedy writer. ... Wallace Wolodarsky was a writer for the Simpsons during the first four seasons, all of his episodes were co-written with former writing partner Jay Kogen. ... Sam Simon is an American television producer and writer, most notable as one of the original developers of The Simpsons, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. ... 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It was the first of a series of many Halloween-themed episodes. The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes are a yearly tradition. The Treehouse of Horror episodes generally do not obey the rest of the series' rules of realism, and are not treated as canon, although the first three (and to a lesser extent the fourth) are set-up in a fashion that they could be considered canon. In addition, since 1995, Bongo Comics has produced an annual comic book titled Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror. Bart introducing a segment of Treehouse of Horror IV in the manner of Rod Serlings Night Gallery. ... Canon, in the context of a fictional universe, comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bart Simpsons Treehouse of Horror is the annual Bongo Comics horror comic. ...

Contents

Plot

Opening Segment

Marge warns the audience that this episode may scare some members of the audience and tells parents with sensitive children to tuck them in early tonight instead of writing the Simpsons angry letters tomorrow. This tradition (warning that the episode is scary) was followed through in a small amount of subsequent episodes. The creators eventually decided that people knew that the episodes were scary and stopped adding warnings. Marjorie Marge Simpson (née Bouvier) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons and is voiced by Julie Kavner. ...


Set-up

Homer eavesdrops as Bart and Lisa tell three scary stories in the treehouse, resulting in a sleepless night for Homer. Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ...


Bad Dream House

In this segment, based on The Amityville Horror murders, as well as Poltergeist, the Simpsons move into an old house, wondering why it was so inexpensive. Their questions are soon answered when the walls begin to bleed and objects begin to fly through the air. Marge wants to leave, but Homer tells her to sleep on it first. That night, the house possesses Homer and the kids, making them chase each other with axes and knives. Marge intervenes and confronts the house, demanding that it treat them with respect while they are living there. The house thinks it over, and opts to destroy itself instead. The Amityville Horror - A True Story is a best-selling book by the author Jay Anson, published in September 1977. ... The Poltergeist movies are a trilogy of horror films produced in the 1980s. ...


Hungry are the Damned

The Simpsons are abducted by aliens. The aliens introduce themselves as Kang and Kodos, and tell the Simpsons they are taking them to their home planet. En route they present the family with enormous amounts of food and watch eagerly as they gorge themselves on it. Lisa is suspicious, so she sneaks into the kitchen where she finds a book called How To Cook Humans. She steals the book and confronts the aliens with it. They inform her that part of the title was obscured by space dust, which they blow away to reveal the title - How To Cook For Humans. Lisa, skeptical at this, blows off more space dust, revealing the title as How To Cook Forty Humans. The aliens blow off the last of the space dust, finally revealing the real title - How To Cook For Forty Humans, proving that the aliens are trying to treat the humans well. Enraged at Lisa's distrust, they return the Simpsons to Earth, but not before rubbing in how they ruined their chance of paradise on the aliens' home planet. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kang and Kodos are fictional characters from the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta respectively. ...


The Raven

Homer cries out "Be that word our sign of parting!"
Homer cries out "Be that word our sign of parting!"

Lisa reads "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. In this adaptation, Bart is the raven, Homer is the poem's lead character, Lisa and Maggie are seraphim, and Marge appears in a painting as Lenore; James Earl Jones narrates. Apart from a brief interruption from Bart ("Eat my shorts!") and an interjection from Homer (D'oh!), the poem is read verbatim, with some of the poem edited out for time. Several times a bust of Edgar Allan Poe is visible in the background on a bookshelf. Image File history File links TheSimpsonsRaven. ... Image File history File links TheSimpsonsRaven. ... The Raven as illustrated by Gustave Doré. The Raven is a narrative poem by American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. ... Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, playwright, editor, literary critic, essayist and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ... For other uses, see Seraph (disambiguation). ... James Earl Jones (b. ...


Conclusion

Lisa, Bart, and Maggie are not frightened by any of the stories. They climb down from the treehouse and sleep peacefully that night. Homer, on the other hand, is scared out of his wits, saying that he hates Halloween as a Bart Raven appears before him outside of the window laughing at him, accompanied by an eerie glow & creepy sci-fi music, & then the episode ends.


Debut Appearances

Characters making a first appearance in this episode are:

Kang and Kodos are fictional characters from the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta respectively. ...

Trivia

  • The real title of this episode was The Simpsons Halloween Special and remained that title for the other Halloween episodes up until the 13th Halloween episode the title was changed to Treehouse of Horror.
  • Kang and Kodos would go on to appear in every other Treehouse Of Horror episode, mostly during the opening sequences in recent episodes.
  • According to the DVD commentary, the original ending to "Hungry Are The Damned" featured one more bit of space dust on the book cover obscuring the full title - "How To Cook For Forty Humans... And Then Eat Them."
  • James Earl Jones has cameoes in all three segments: The disgruntled mover in "Bad Dream House," Serak the Preparer in "Hungry Are the Damned," and the narrator in "The Raven.
  • Homer's ill-fated attempt to light a barbecue in "Hungry Are The Damned" is repeated in season 7's "Lisa the Vegetarian" with much more conventional results.
  • A clip from this episode can be seen on TV in the film My Own Private Idaho.
  • This is the only Halloween episode with the normal Gracie Films sequence.
  • This is the only Halloween episode actually taking place in Bart's treehouse.
  • The first episode worked on by Alf Clausen.

Kang and Kodos are fictional characters from the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta respectively. ... James Earl Jones (b. ... For other uses, see Homer (disambiguation). ... Lisa the Vegetarian is the fifth episode of The Simpsons seventh season. ... My Own Private Idaho is a 1991 gay-themed independent film written and directed by Gus Van Sant, loosely based on Shakespeares Henry IV, part 1. ...

Cultural references

Frankenstein is a 1931 science fiction film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and very loosely based on the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. ... The Amityville Horror - A True Story is a best-selling book by the author Jay Anson, published in September 1977. ... The Shining may mean: The Shining (novel), by Stephen King The Shining (film), Stanley Kubricks adaptation of the novel The Shining (mini-series), the ABC mini-series scripted by Stephen King The Shining (band), an English music group named after Kings novel This is a disambiguation page: a... Poltergeist is the first and most successful Poltergeist film, released on June 4, 1982 and nominated for three Oscars. ... The Fall of the House of Usher is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe. ... Linda Denise Blair (born January 22, 1959 in St. ... The Exorcist is an Academy Award-winning 1973 American horror and thriller film, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, dealing with the demonic possession of a young girl, and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted... To Serve Man is a science fiction short story originally written by Damon Knight, later adapted for use as a Twilight Zone episode. ... The Twilight Zone title. ... This article is about the short story by Edgar Allan Poe. ... The Tell-Tale Heart is an 1843 short story by Edgar Allan Poe. ... The Purloined Letter is one of Edgar Allan Poes detective stories. ... Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, playwright, editor, literary critic, essayist and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Cask of Amontillado The Cask of Amontillado (sometimes spelled The Casque of Amontillado) is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the November 1846 issue of Godeys Ladys Book. ... Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian horror film, directed by Bob Clark. ...

References

  1. ^ [1] contains original air date.

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