'The Simpsons' Spoofs Pretty Much Every Scary Movie Ever In One "Treehouse of Horror" Clip

The Simpsons is getting in the Halloween spirit once again, with help from director Guillermo del Toro. Get ready for Sunday's episode with the best "Treehouse of Horror" moments!

This year's best Halloween movie may not be a movie at all, but an episode of The Simpsons. Guillermo del Toro, of Pan's Labyrinth fame, has directed this year's "Treehouse of Horror" episode (Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox), which re-casts the The Simpsons characters in a series of short, surreal horror stories. Here's a preview of the episode's opening sequence, an homage to classic horror films done Springfield-style.

We've watched this twice now, and we still haven't picked up all of the references, which include homages to Ghostbusters, The Birds, The Shining, The Matrix, Alien, Phantom of the Opera, Freaks, and all of Del Toro's own films. (The Pan's Labyrinth sequence with Mr. Burns and Smithers is a highlight.)

Even if you haven't seen a new episode of The Simpsons in 20 years (and that's actually possible, since it's been on since 1989), these Halloween episodes are always fun to tune in for. Below, some past clips to get you in the Treehouse of Horror spirit.

Homer in "Donut Hell":

Lisa Simpson does 'Twilight':

Homer's iconic version of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven":

Springfield is hit by a zombie plague:

That time Groundskeeper Willie turned into Freddy Kreuger:

 

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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