A collection of four of The Simpsons' Halloween specials. 'Treehouse of Horror V' (1994) includes a parody of 'The Shining' and shows what happens when Homer's ill-fated DIY attempts alter the fabric of the time-space continuum. 'Treehouse of Horror VI' (1995) sees Groundskeeper Willie reborn as Freddie Krueger and finds Homer stuck in a computer-generated 3D world. 'Treehouse of Horror VII' (1996) introduces Bart's evil twin and has Bill Clinton and Bob Dole secretly replaced by alien replicas. Finally, in 'Treehouse of Horror XII' (2001), Bart and Liza attend a school for wizards and a computer takes over the Simpson household.
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror
collection proves that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, 2001
, Harry Potter, A Nightmare on Elm Street
, and Tron
get the inimitable Simpsons
skewering in this shockingly funny collection of four mostly classic episodes. Best is "V" in which no TV and no beer make Homer go crazy in "The Shinning" ("You mean The Shining
", Bart corrects. "Shh, you want to get sued?" Homer reprimands him). "VI" contains the ambitious, computer-animated "Homer3". "VII" features aliens Kang and Hados's finest quarter half-hour as they assume the identities of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. "XII" boasts the star power of Pierce Brosnan as the voice of a mechanised house that falls in love with Marge and lures Homer to his apparent death with "unexplained bacon". For Halloween and beyond, this crypt-kicking collection is full of screamingly funny treats. --Donald Liebenson