In the run up to Halloween, Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro has directed the opening sequence for the annual ‘Treehouse of Horror’ episode of The Simpsons, which will air on American TV on Saturday night.
Impressively, the Mexican director has manage to fit in nearly 100 gruesome references in the 2.5 minute sequence, including a hilarious nod to Hitchcock’s classic The Birds and a reworked sequence from 2006’s Pan’s Labyrinth (produced by Del Toro) whereby Mr Burns transforms into fan favourite, the weirdly wonderful Pale Man.
Hellboy director Del Toro said: “I asked (creator Matt Groening) if I could make the sequence around horror and fantasy in general, and throw in my movies there. But this way, it’s a love letter to things that I love, both in The Simpsons and the genre.”
Thanks to one of our favourite Hothouse Flowers Claire Hayward (@HaywardCL) who shared this video with us this morning.
Watch the opening sequence below: