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The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror (1994)

Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, more...
Director: Jim Reardon
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedies, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Late October brings yet another trio of comic nightmares from The Simpsons. In The Shinning, Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) gets a job as winter caretaker at a resort hotel high in the mountains owned by Mr. Burns (voice of Harry Shearer). The maintenance man, Groundskeeper Willie (voice of Castellaneta), discovers Bart (voice of Nancy Cartwright) shares his psychic gift of "shinning" ("You mean 'shining'?" "Shh! You wanna get sued?!?"), which comes in handy when Homer snaps under the pressure after finding the hotel has no beer or television. Time and Punishment finds Homer trying to fix a toaster and somehow becoming unstuck in time, encountering any number of alternate histories as he zooms back and forth from the prehistoric age to the "present." And in Nightmare Cafeteria, Bart and Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) notice that students kept after school for detention are disappearing, as the cafeteria is suddenly serving an abundance of rich, meaty dishes, leading the quickly shrinking number of students to wonder if Principal Skinner (voice of Shearer) and Lunchlady Doris (voice of Doris Grau) are resorting to cannibalism. "Treehouse of Horror" first aired on October 30, 1994. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


  • Treehouse of Horror V
    "The Shinning"
    "Time and Punishment"
    "Nightmare Cafeteria"
  • Treehouse of Horror VI
    "Attack of the 50 Foot Eyesores"
    "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace"
  • Treehouse of Horror VII
    "The Thing and I"
    "The Genesis Tub"
    "Mr. Kang Goes to Washington"
  • Treehouse of Horror XII
    "Hex and the City"
    "House of Whacks"
    "Wiz Kids"

GreenCine Member Reviews

Sort of a Gyp... by Brujaria October 14, 2003 - 2:09 PM PDT
After the wonderful editions of the complete seasons of the Simpsons loaded to the gills with extras, this is a bit of a bummer.
This contains Simpsons Halloween Specials numbers 5, 6, 7 and 12. Why? Who knows? Also (as mentioned in another review) the menu for episode selection and the back of the box has Mr. Burns dressed up as Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula. So not only is Tree House of Horror not on the disc, but the Dracula spoof isn't either! That combined with the fact that they didn't bother to do a chronological series is pretty damn lame. And to reiterate what the other review says, the only "extra" is a short collection of Kang and Kodos clips. Really weak stuff here. More like a cash-in than a real release. Hopefully this isn't a trend.

"No TV and no beer makes Homer something something" by ColonelKong October 14, 2003 - 8:00 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Included on this disc are four somewhat arbitrarily selected Halloween Special episodes which otherwise wouldn't be on DVD for years, even though there aren't any commentaries or real extras like the box sets, that alone makes this disc worthwhile for Simpsons fans. Of course, I really would've preferred a 2 or 3 disc set of all of the "Treehouse of Horror" episodes to date. Still, I think it's pretty cool that The Simpsons' excellent parody of The Shining has made it to DVD before 2006. (I wonder if there's any chance of a parody of Happiness of The Katakuris called Happiness of the Simpsons showing up on a future Halloween special :) )

The only real extra is a 3-minute or so montage of scenes with Kang and Kodos, which strikes me as somewhat pointless, especially since the Season 2 box set includes the whole episode that some of these clips are taken from (A parody of The Twilight Zone's To Serve Man that's part of the first "Treehouse of Horror").

Overall this isn't really a great DVD (the back of the box has a picture of Mr. Burns made up like Dracula in the Francis Ford Coppola Dracula movie, but that episode isn't included on this disc!), but it's worth at least renting if you're a Simpsons fan and love the Halloween Specials.

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(Average 8.54)
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