Halloween is right around the corner, and you know what that means? It’s time for the time-honored tradition of the Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror! It’s an annual opportunity for the writers to spoof classic horror films and for the animators to rain blood upon our favorite yellow family. This year will mark the 28th edition of the Halloween special, as part of the 29th season of the beloved cartoon sitcom (where does the time go?). One can only imagine how the roman numeral XXVIII will be written out in body parts.
In an official press release, Fox teased the episode with a brief synopsis and screenshots. Here’s what we can deduce of the three segments. Keep in mind, none of the Treehouse of Horrors are considered cannon.
The Exorcist Inspired Segment
In a re-imagining of the Exorcist, Maggie becomes possessed by ancient demon, leading Marge and Homer to seek the help from an Irish priest (voiced by Ben Daniels, star of Fox’s TV series The Exorcist) and a doctor (voiced by William Friedkin, director of the 1973 original Exorcist!) Just don’t expect Maggie to say “Your mother sucks cocks in Hell!”
Coraline Inspired Segment
In the next story, Lisa discovers a mysterious tunnel to an alternate dimension, where she meets a perfect version of her family, except with buttons for eyes, a parody of the stop-motion dark-fantasy Coraline. Except in this version, it appears that both dimensions learn how to co-exist.
Cannibal Segment a la Santa Clarita Diet
In the final segment, Homer gets tips from chef Mario Batali (co-host of TV cooking show The Chew) on how to cannibalize himself. This one is less obvious, but I’m guessing it’s a take on the Netflix original series Santa Clarita Diet. I’ve always wondered what Homer would taste like.
As Marge warns in the very first Treehouse of Horror, this Simpsons’ episode is not for sensitive children: “Maybe you should tuck them into bed early tonight, instead of writing us angry letters tomorrow.”
You can catch Treehouse of Horror XXVIII on Sunday, October 22nd.