Every year around Halloween, fans of Fox’s The Simpsons look forward to the Treehouse of Horror specials. This year may be the most anticipated one yet, as the show’s creators have brought on one of the most well known Hollywood directors to direct the opening “couch gag” to this year’s Treehouse special, Treehouse of Horror XXIV.
Guillermo del Toro, who is best known for movies like Pan’s Labrynth, Cronos, Pacific Rim, and Blade II, is apparently a huge Simpsons fan himself, so signing on the direct the extended opening was a no brainer.
"We talked about doing it around the movies I have done,” said del Toro, “but I felt I'd rather mix those images with the creatures and monsters of film, which have influenced me enormously. So, I said, 'Why don't we do a really long riff on the title sequence, rather than just a couch gag?’"
The famed director apparently has cases of Simpsons memorabilia in his home, and said that the chance to combine his love of the show with his love of horror films was exciting.
"I remember how groundbreaking it was to see this incredibly acerbic riff on sitcom dynamics, how they took on the culture and how they keep doing that," said del Toro. "To get to do a love letter to two things I love, which is fantasy and horror films and The Simpsons, is great. I enjoyed myself enormously."
Executive producer Al Jean calls the opening of the episode “encyclopedic,” adding that, “there's very little you could think of that's missing.” Jean and show creator Matt Groening reportedly visited del Toro’s “man cave” and witnessed all the show memorabilia he owned, as well as his love for horror and thriller films.
Check out the Guillermo del Toro directed couch gag below.