On the back of the photo is a declaration Homer made pledging his soul to Marge. Mirkin was a big fan of the film and pushed for a segment about vampires inspired by the movie. He comments that it's always the one you least expect. TV; 13 Great Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Halloween Stories; ... (Treehouse Of Horror IV) ... particularly when taking on the tropes of Springer’s show. He may have meant it metaphorically, but the jury decides that the pledge is legally binding—therefore, Marge owns Homer's soul, and it wasn't his to bargain with Flanders in the first place. [8] DVD Movie Guide's Colin Jacobson thought "Terror at ​5 1⁄2 Feet" was the best segment of the episode. And it looks like that this episode is rated TV-G, due to graphic violence enjoy the show.) Treehouse of Horror IV script. Just as it looks that Homer will be condemned to Hell, Marge comes in with a photo album and shows everyone their wedding photo (which was in an emergency room as Homer ate the wedding cake...before the wedding). ... Back to the TV. The "Super Happy Fun Slide" in Mr. Burns' lair. “Treehouse Of Horror IV” (season five, episode five; originally aired 10/28/1993) I was contacted by an NPR producer recently for a piece she was putting together about the ever-increasing ubiquity of pop-culture references in entertainment. [1] As with the rest of the Halloween specials, the episode is considered non-canon and falls outside the show's regular continuity. [1] The title and a majority of the plot of "Bart Simpson's Dracula" is a parody of the Francis Ford Coppola film Bram Stoker's Dracula. The episode was the highest-rated show on the Fox network that week. The gremlin catches fire and falls from the bus, but is found by Ned, who decides to adopt the creature. Treehouse of Horror XXXI is the fourth episode of the thirty-second season of The Simpsons, and the six hundred eighty-eighth episode overall.. [16] The episode's reference to Bram Stoker's Dracula was named the 32nd greatest film reference in the history of the show by Total Film's Nathan Ditum. In desperation, Bart climbs halfway out the window to scare off the gremlin with an emergency flare. Bart gleefully announces he was right, but Skinner nonetheless finds his actions deplorable and has him shipped off to the New Bedlam Home for the Emotionally Interesting (last seen on the season three premiere, "Stark Raving Dad"). Defeated and enraged, the Devil frees Homer, but gets his revenge by turning Homer's head into a doughnut. Despite the fact that she knows that they're surrounded by coffins, Lisa is too focused on Burns' book to notice Burns' vampire minions rising from them and closing in on Bart and her. [1] The ending of "Bart Simpson's Dracula" is a reference to A Charlie Brown Christmas. [3] Show runner David Mirkin thought the Treehouse of Horror episodes were the hardest episodes to do because the staff had to fit in all three stories in only 22 minutes. Lionel Hutz has one when he messes up his case, causing him to pull a. [6] The closing credits of the episode features a version of the Simpsons theme that is a combination of the instruments used in The Munsters theme song and the harpsichord and clicking from The Addams Family theme song. Skinner finally tackles Bart and ties him down with Willie's rope. Lisa knows they should be tracking down a vampire but Homer dismisses the theory. But when it hit its stride, man, was it good. I always loved the spooktacular horror trappings in this segment, and, it was probably my favourite growing up. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 28, 1993, and features three short stories called "The Devil and Homer Simpson", "Terror at 5 1 ⁄ 2 Feet", and "Bart Simpson's Dracula". [4], The second segment, "Terror at ​5 1⁄2 Feet", was written by Oakley and Weinstein. The rest of the family reveals to the shocked Lisa that they're all vampires, because Burns wasn't the head one — Marge is. "[4], The first segment, "The Devil and Homer Simpson", was written by Daniels and McGrath. ↑ DVD Movie Guide's review of The Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season He awakens still a little shaken by it (not helped with Homer blowing a blow-horn that he stole from a marina in his ears). Marge and Lisa plead with Ned, finally getting him to agree to hold a trial the next day. [4] Dracula and his castle was designed by Silverman. Then later when he sees the gremlin banging on the wheel hub and trying to remove the wheel nuts. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org. Some time later, the family is traveling at night to Pennsylvania, where Burns has invited them to dinner. Burns dies and all seems well...but the next morning at home Grandpa floats into the kitchen claiming to be a vampire. The family watches a news report about a murder victim who was drained of his blood; a black cape was found at the scene. Treehouse of Horror IV S5 E5 27 Oct 1993. On the back of the photo, Homer has written that, in return for Marge giving him her hand in marriage, he pledges his soul to her forever; therefore, it was not his property to sell at the time of his deal with Ned. Related Videos. Before this segment begins, Bart says that the story was supposed to be based on the 1903 painting A Friend in Need from the Dogs Playing Poker series by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, but it was "far too intense" (Homer has a psychotic episode upon seeing the painting), so they "just threw something together with vampires.". After the family finds out Bart is a vampire: Also this bit in the scene before that when Bart proclaims how cool being a vampire is because vampires get to stay up all night and drink blood. Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. ; All Just a Dream: A few stories end with it being revealed to be a dream or fantasy of one of the characters.The "Treehouse of Horror II" stories were explicitly set-up as nightmares that Lisa, Bart, and Homer have as a result of eating too much Halloween candy. KENT In a completely unrelated story, Montgomery Burns has just closed … [6] Oakley said there was a lot of work put into the design of the gremlin in "Terror at ​5 1⁄2 Feet" to make him scary "within The Simpsons universe". 2: Treehouse Of Horror VIII When the bus finally stops, everyone sees the obvious damage, but Bart is still sent away to an insane asylum for the rest of his life for his disruptive behavior. ↑ The Simpsons offers Homer Donut Hell, Fried Donut Ho ↑ Moore, Frazier (November 4, 1993). [12] Patrick Bromley of DVD Verdict gave the episode an A grade and called it "one of the very best" Halloween specials, although said "Treehouse of Horror V" was better. Lisa claims that the only way to restore him is to kill the head vampire, Mr. Burns. The jury agrees that Homer's soul belongs to her, and he's freed — but the Devil, sore at being cheated, turns his head into a donut. A page for describing Recap: Simpsons S5 E5 "Treehouse of Horror IV". The next morning, Homer cannot stop eating his own head as the police eagerly wait for him (as their breakfast) to leave the house while holding cups of coffee. Bart unsuccessfully tries to convince the other passengers of the danger. (Welcome everyone to the Simpsons 4th Halloween special, I am here to tell you that the following show is very scary... with stuff that will give your children nightmares. [13] Central Michigan Life's John Thorpe named it the tenth best episode of the series, and wrote: "The best part comes when Homer decides not to eat the last part of the doughnut, thus saving him from hell. Treehouse of Horror IV: Season 5, Episode 5 Airdate: October 28, 1993 Production Number: 1F04 Written by: Conan O'Brien, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Greg Daniels, Dan McGrath, Bill Canterbury: Directed by: David Silverman ← 5x04 Rosebud: 5x06 → Marge on the Lam: The Simpsons — Season Five O'Brien worked on the "wraparounds" of Bart introducing each segment to make sure that they "pulled" the episode together. [17] James Whitbrook of Gizmodo called "Bart Simpson's Dracula" the "best sketch in what is the best Treehouse of Horror."[18]. As they investigate, vampires emerge from the coffins and encircle them while Lisa reads through Mr. Burns autobiography "Yes, I Am a Vampire" (with a foreword by Steve Allen). Lisa makes it back to the family and tries to tell them what happened, but then Burns, with very visible blood on his mouth, appears with a clearly bitten and pale-skinned Bart who drones that nothing happened which the family believes. He liked the final result and felt Mr. Burns was perfect in the role as Dracula. He beckons her to join them but she refuses, so Bart crashes through the window and tries to turn her by force. Homer drives a stake through his heart (though not before accidentally hitting his crotch). Mirkin said, "Things had to happen really fast. "[14] DVD Talk's Bill Gibron gave the episode a 4 out of 5 score. In a Night Gallery parody, Bart presents three more tales of terror: The Devil and Homer Simpson: Homer sells his soul to the devil for a donut. [15], Kim Nowacki of Yakima Herald-Republic named "Treehouse of Horror IV" her "all-time favorite" episode. Lisa escapes, but Bart activates the "Super Fun Happy Slide", causing him to slide back down into the vampire pit, whereupon he is captured and bitten by Mr. Burns. The episode makes cultural references to television series such as The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and Peanuts, as well as films such as The Devil and Daniel Webster, Bram Stoker's Dracula and The Lost Boys. Lisa "accidentally" spills the "punch" on Bart and her and they head off to get cleaned up. Immediately after he says that.the gremlin appears holding Ned's severed head, causing him to scream. Same Nitpicking. It acquired a Nielsen rating of 14.5, and was the highest-rated show on the Fox network the week it aired. The wraparound segments are a reference to Rod Serling's television series Night Gallery. Treehouse TV is a 24/7 television network available only in Canada, targeted at preschool-age audiences. Bart when he sees the vampires approaching him and Lisa. head of Flanders. These are The Simpsons' special annual Halloween Episodes. This go-around is done in the style of Night Gallery with Bart hosting the in-betweens while babysitting Maggie as Marge goes to get gift-shop earrings, but not before telling Bart that this year's Halloween special may be too scary for some viewers. Lisa when Bart tells her that everyone in the family (except her) is a vampire. Oct 23, 2019 - A ranking of every segment from the Treehouse of Horror Halloween episodes of Matt Groening’s animated Fox comedy series “The Simpsons” from worst to best. The jury rules in favor of the Simpsons and the presiding judge dismisses the case. When Bart is about to bite Lisa, Homer and Marge interrupt and discover that Bart is a vampire. They're really just crammed with jokes and story beats and everything. It was inspired by an episode of The Twilight Zone called "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", in which William Shatner's character is inside an airplane watching a gremlin tear apart the wing. In a ghoulish gallery, Bart hosts three bloodcurdling tales of Halloween horror. A bat soon flies in who morphs into Mr. Burns himself and Bart is presented to him to which Burns waste no time feeding on. "Treehouse of Horror IV" is the fifth episode of The Simpsons' fifth season and the fourth episode in the Treehouse of Horror series of Halloween specials. The devil, revealed to be Ned Flanders, appears and offers Homer a contract to seal the deal. Hand crafted in San Diego and the Bay Area. ‘Bart Simpsons’ Dracula’ Treehouse of Horror IV. The scene in Hell where Homer is fed all the doughnuts in the world, and asks for more, is a direct parody of the cartoon Pigs is Pigs, in which the character Piggy (known for being a glutton) is taken in by a scientist and forced to eat all the food in the world. "Treehouse of Horror IV" was directed by David Silverman and co-written by Conan O'Brien, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Greg Daniels, Dan McGrath, and Bill Canterbury.It is the fourth episode of the annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials. That night at the Simpson home, Lisa is visited in her bedroom window by a now vampiric and evil Bart flanked by other kids he's bitten. Treehouse of Horror IV Director David Silverman Writers Conan O'Brien Bill Oakley Josh Weinstein Greg Daniels Dan McGrath Bill Canterbury Series The Simpsons Season 5 No. He panics when he sees a gremlin on the side of the bus loosening the lug nuts on one of the wheels. The logo for this episode Contents Third, though not a real example of this trope it should be mentioned anyway: all the Jury members are people from American history. Meanwhile the family hires Lionel Hutz to represent him in the trial. ↑ ‘Treehouse of Horror IV’ script, Simpson Crazy. The back has a message from Homer, pledging his soul to Marge in exchange for her hand in marriage. Until then, Homer is sent to spend the rest of the day being punished in Hell. In some ways the first one of these (from the show's second season) was by far it's best with a trio of wonderful instalments - Bad Dream House, Hungry Are The Damned and The Raven.Out of the three, they're all great but it's the last one that truly stood out with Bart being his most malevolent as the creepy raven of the piece, tormenting Homer. Later that night, Lisa is awakened by a now undead Bart and his vampire friends. Treehouse of Horror IV is the fifth episode of Season 5 and the fourth episode in the Treehouse of Horror series of Halloween specials. Retrieved on 2007-03-21. The family head back to Burns' castle and make their way to Burns' lair. Also, Groundskeeper Willie shot his mule seventeen times for refusing to walk in the mud. The bus makes it safely to school (despite that it's completely wrecked — and for once, it wasn't Otto the bus driver's fault). Blackbeard (Edward Teach) was born in England, but mostly roamed the Caribbean during his life. Homer sells his soul to the Devil for a donut, Bart contends with a gremlin on the side of the school bus which only he can see, and the family discovers that Mr. Burns is a … At the manor, there's even more obvious evidence of Burns being a vampire (i.e. Lisa tries to warn her parents, but Burns reappears with Bart who is now very pale and is behaving oddly. However, before Homer finishes the doughnut, he realizes that Ned will not be able to have his soul if he does not eat all of the doughnut and keeps the final piece in the refrigerator. Bart: Paintings: lifeless images rendered in colorful goop. Bart convinces his seat mate, Üter, to untie him and discovers the back tire will soon be loosened by the gremlin. "Treehouse of Horror IV" is the fifth episode of The Simpsons' fifth season and the fourth episode in the Treehouse of Horror series of Halloween specials. Hans' car stops before it can hit a tree...then explodes anyway, because it's an AMC Gremlin. 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When Homer strikes his deal with Devil!Flanders for the donut, the latter explains that he'll take ownership of Homer's soul "the instant he finishes" the pastry. This voids the contract and frees Homer. Executive producer James L. Brooks loved the show, so it was "great fun" for him to do the parody. The family's plan to kill the head vampire is also a reference to both the film and novel. [7] Many scenes had to be cut to shorten the segment, including one that showed Homer's severed head being used as a bowling ball by a demon in hell. Even with their audible moaning and Bart trying to get her attention (though for latter, Lisa thought Bart was annoying her with his. about the gremlin on the side of the bus, sabotaging the vehicle. Nonton The Simpsons - English Comedy tv series on Disney+ Hotstar now. Phil Hartman as Lionel HutzFrank Welker as the gremlin. The next morning, however, Lisa discovers that everyone else in the Simpson family is a vampire, with Marge as their head. "Terror at ​5 1⁄2 Feet" is a parody of the final segment seen in Twilight Zone: The Movie and The Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". The episode was co-written by Conan O'Brien, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Greg Daniels, Dan McGrath, and Bill Canterbury, and directed by David Silverman. Likewise, Homer and Marge fail to notice something wrong when Burns arrives with Bart, despite it being obvious that Burns has blood on his mouth, Bart having two bite marks on his throat and Bart acting rather zombie-like and not speaking as he normally would. It doesn't last, given Homer's. This segment from season 5’s “Treehouse of Horror IV” deftly spoofs The Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” which starred William Shatner as an airline passenger having a nervous breakdown after seeing a terrifying creature out on the wing of the plane. [1] The first time the Devil appears, he resembles the demon Chernabog from the Walt Disney film Fantasia,[5] especially after Homer discovers a technicality and starts taunting the Devil that he's "smarter than the devil", until the Devil turns into the Chernabog-esque demon and glares at him before disappearing. Then, when the Simpsons' lawyer, Lionel Hutz, flees after ruining his case, Marge makes a final effort to save Homer by displaying a photo from their wedding day. [7] Mirkin said he felt the gremlin was well-done because he looked scary and "yet it looks like a completely organic Simpsons character". Despite the obvious evidence, Wiggum assumes it's the work of a mummy and has the Egyptian wing of the museum destroyed. This scene later appeared in the clip show episode "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular", which aired in the show's seventh season. 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