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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Simpsons’ Opening is a Horror Geek’s Dream

Cthulhu! Day of the Dead! Hitchcock! Harryhausen! Even Brian DePalma’s cult classic Phantom of the Paradise¬†gets a call-out in horror nerd-turned-every horror nerd’s favorite director Guillermo del Toro’s custom opening for The Simpsons¬†“Treehouse of Horror XXIV.”

Moments from del Toro’s own filmography are peppered throughout the opening as well from a kaiju/jaeger battle in the background, to Groundskeeper Willy as Hellboy, to Carl Carlson transforming into Blade.

I’m particularly found of the bit at around 1:40 when we see a lineup of legendary horror authors including Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury (and his “Illustrated Man”), Edgar Allen Poe, and others.

Watch it in full right here.

How many references can you spot?

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