If you love “The Simpsons” and their “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, then you should like to know that I’ll be reviewing every single episode so far. So starting with the first one, “Treehouse of Horror I,” which comes from Season Two. Bart and Lisa are trying to scare each other, because after all it’s Halloween. The first story is “Bad Dream House.” The Simpson Family moves in a sinister looking house and weird things start to happen to the family members. There’s a voice that tells them plenty of times to “Get Out.” The ghastly voice even wants them to harm each other (well besides Marge). They have a scene about the Indian Burial and Homer saying you’ve never told me it was built on one, hence “Poltergeist,” though in Homer’s case he was told “five or six times.” It also spoofs other paranormal movies like “Amityville Horror” and even Maggie’s head turns like in “The Exorcist.” The ending of this segment is pretty funny, the house has to decide if it can live with the Simpson Family!
The second story is called “Hungry for the Damned.” This is the first time we meet the aliens, Kang and Kodos. There is even a third alien that is voiced by James Earl Jones. Well Marge, Maggie, Lisa, Bart, and Homer are abducted by the aliens and are treated like royalty. They like to cook for them, which makes Lisa think that they are trying to eat them. She finds a cookbook and well that leads to some misconceptions and she learns that she may be too smart of her own good! “Twilight Zone” fans might recall the episode “To Serve Man,” while watching. A favorite scene is in the beginning when they are being taken, the shot with Lisa’s face when she sees the UFO seemed very cinematic if I could say so. It was also funny that Homer and the beam problem! Oh and if you watch closely you’ll even see a reference to the “The Fly” in this segment.
“The Raven” is the last story. Homer is begin stalked by the raven, which just looks like Bart. The narrator of the Edgar Allan Poe poem was James Earl Jones, which is does have the voice for it. Who doesn’t love Poe? It’s a good one to end with. Speaking of the ending, well neither Bart nor Lisa are scared, but Homer who was listening is terrified by the stories. Like the title, they are telling the stories in the treehouse. For the first time doing an episode like this, the creators really nailed it! Even after all these years, the first “Treehouse of Horror” is entertaining as ever. Most probably can agree that in later years, the theme was a little stagnant because of some stories that just didn’t work. But we’ll get to that much later. Anyway, my favorite story out of this episode has always been “Bad Dream House.” So what did you guys think of “Treehouse of Horror I?” Do you agree that it’s still a fresh episode? Share your thoughts in the comments!