Guillermo del Toro is one of the busiest minds in Hollywood. The director of ‘Blade II”, “Hellboy”, “Pan’s Labyrinth”, and “Pacific Rim” is the creative force behind some of the craziest monsters of the last ten yeas. Who else then is a better choice to direct “The Simpsons” couch gag for the annual”Treehouse of Horror” episode?
The opener is a slick mash up of del Toro’s greatest characters, and the Springfield residents we love. Don’t miss out on Groundskeeper Willy as “Hellboy” or Mr. Burns as a “Pan’s Labyrinth” nymph. Del Toro also honors some of the giants in the world of horror and science fiction by giving them cameos in the opener. Hitchcock throws out some bird seed to his favorite pets, while Ray Bradbury can be seen painting his “Illustrated Man”. “The Simpsons” might be the longest running show on television, but they know how to keep their content fresh and interesting. I nominate Alfonso Cuaron for next year’s couch gag. Homer and Marge stuck alone in space could work. Until then enjoy the del Toro opener that has more references than a Dennis Miller stand up routine.