FOX The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXII
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 122
Treehouse of Horror is a series of special episodes of The Simpsons on FOX that recur in every season except the first season around Halloween. These episodes are divided into three shorts whose plots do not follow the original canon of the series.
Indeed, in the episodes the protagonists of the cartoon are involved in situations whose genre ranges from horror to science fiction and the supernatural; often these short episodes are born as parodies of films belonging to these genres.
Normal characters play special roles. In fact, very often, the role of the bad guy, who can for example be a zombie, a vampire, or a serial killer, is played by characters who have some affinity with these figures, and an example is the role of Mr.
Burns, who played, among others, a parody of Count Dracula, or totally differ from him, such as, for example, Ned Flanders played the Devil himself in The Fear of the Farm IV. Also, only in these special episodes do characters like the bizarre aliens Kang and Kodos appear.
Unlike the common episodes, the Halloween specials do not affect subsequent episodes, such as in an ordinary episode, for example Maude Flanders dies, and Ned is widowed for the rest of the series, while in the Halloween specials, dozens of people die they regularly reappear in subsequent episodes.
Here are some details of The Simpson Treehouse of Horror XXII
The episode was written by Carolyn Omine, directed by Matthew Faughnan, and featured guest voices from Aron Ralston and Jackie Mason. The opening was a parody of the autobiographical film 127 Hours, in which the subject Aron Ralston loses an arm.
The episode is part of the Treehouse of Horror series, which is an episode divided into three separate stories and an opening that is a parody of scary or Halloween themed stories. This episode's stories were primarily spoofs of the French film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the television series Dexter, and the American film Avatar.
The episode marks the first time of all the Treehouse of Horror episodes that an actual theremin was used for music cues. Previously, the show had trouble locating a theremin player, who could work under the time constraints of the show.
The release date was unusual for a Treehouse of Horror episode, because ever since Fox got the rights to the Major League Baseball playoffs, most of the Halloween specials aired in the first week of November. This only marks the second time Fox has aired a Treehouse of Horror episode in October since 1999 – in 2009 it aired nearly two weeks before Halloween.