Blogtober 2020 – The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror

Of all of my usual October/Halloween activities and traditions, going through and watching episodes of The Simpsons – Treehouse of Horror is probably the one that I will do every. single. year(I also do this. The very first Treehouse of Horror episode premiered back in 1990 while the show was in only its second season and has since become a yearly inclusion. This feels quite fitting and very much like The Simpsons’ annual Halloween-themed episodes that frequently air in November AFTER Halloween has passed(Treehouse of Horror XXXI premiered on Nov. 1, 2020). So in honor of one of my favorite seasonal traditions, I have made a list of my favorite episodes and included my favorite quote(s) from each of the three segments. A perfect combination of funny AND lazy, right…?

Treehouse of Horror XIX – Season 20(2008)

  • Untitled Robot Parody

“Alright, who’s the idiot who taught them what foosball was?”

  • How To Get Ahead In Dead-Vertising

“Hey, my intellectual property rights were being infringed. Do you know how that feels?”

  • It’s The Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse

“You roast the unborn? Aaaah!”

Treehouse of Horror VIII – Season 9(1997)

  • The Homega Man

“Stupid hippo.”

  • Fly Vs. Fly

“hmm…and it only transports matter?”

  • Easy-Bake Coven

“Bye witchies! Thanks for not eating me!”

– “Yeah, you hags are alright!”

Treehouse of Horror VII – Season 8(1996)

  • The Thing and I

“Let’s check every place a sick, solitary misfit might go.”

“I’ll start with Radio Shack”

“Right!”

  • The Genesis Tub

“Hey! these aren’t waffles, these are just square pancakes”

  • Citizen Kang

“What the hell? Bob Dole doesn’t need this…”

Treehouse of Horror VI – Season 7(1995)

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores!

“I ordered a Colossal Donut and I’m gonna GET a colossal donut….”

  • Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace

“Don’t touch Willie. Good advice”

  • Homer³

– “Enough of your borax, Poindexter! A man’s life is at stake. We need action!”

Treehouse of Horror III – Season 4(1992)

  • Clown Without Pity

“The doll’s trying to kill me and the toaster’s been laughing at me!”

  • King Homer

“I hear we’re going to Ape Island”

– “I wish we were going to Candy Apple Island”

– “Candy Apple Island? What have they got there?”

– “Apes…but they’re not so big”

  • Dial Z for Zombies

“Dad, you killed zombie Flanders!”

– “He was a zombie?”

Treehouse of Horror V – Season 6(1994)

  • The Shinning

“No TV and No Beer Make Homer…something something”

“Go crazy?”

– “Don’t mind if I do!”

  • Time and Punishment

“Stupid bug! You go squish now!”

  • Nightmare Cafeteria

“Bart, does it strike you as odd that Uter disappeared and suddenly they’re serving us this mysterious food called “Uterbraten”?

What are some of your favorite Simpsons Halloween episodes or quotes? Let me know! It was a lot of fun working on this year’s batch of Blogtober posts. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped even for just a moment to read my semi-coherent babbling. Until next year…

Blogtober 2020 – The Horror Tag

Welcome back for another Blogtober post! For the month of October I have all my posts sorted out so every Monday will feature a post regarding a specific game and every Friday will have a few assorted ideas I thought befitting of the spooky Halloween season. I’m talking about horror games and movies today. Michelle from A Geek Girl’s Guide posted The Horror Tag a few days ago and I thought it sounded fun to go through after reading her answers. Ready? Here we go…

How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?

I’m not entirely sure. If I were to guess I would say somewhere around 5-7 years old. However old I was, it’s safe to say the answer would still be “not old enough” as I was already terrified by countless things as a kid.

What was the first horror movie you saw?

I’d love to say the first “horror” movie I saw was something of higher quality than this…

Jaws: The Revenge. I remember being pretty young when I first saw it(see previous question) and despite being horrified by anything and everything as kid, I don’t recall being as scared by the movie as one would think. Of course, this depends on whether or not one considers the Jaws movies as part of the “horror” genre or not. I find it almost….amusing that I have memories of sitting watching Looney Tunes cartoons as a kid and then followed by Jaws: The Revenge. It’s also interesting(sad?) the first Jaws movie I ever watched just so happened to be the most awful one….well, tied with Jaws 3 for being the worst one.

What is your favorite horror movie?

Classic sci-fi horror with an iconic theatrical poster

It would most likely be a sci-fi horror movie, probably Alien or The Thing. I don’t consider myself a big horror movie fan, I’m usually pretty selective about which horror movies I will bother to watch. Much of the time, I’ll end up watching something along the lines of a horror-comedy movie like Shaun of the Dead, Dale & Tucker Vs. Evil, or Young Frankenstein(another favorite to watch regardless of the time of year).

Do you prefer gore or thrillers?

It depends. I’m not as freaked out by blood and gore as much as other stuff(needles, broken toes & fingers, etc.), movies like Saw make me more squeamish than something like The Exorcist or The Evil Dead…one of the main points of many horror films is getting you to squirm in disgust. Thriller movies on the other hand, if done right, can be far more entertaining to me, but very often come off as nothing more than shallow attempts to set up jump scares. Something I often mention in discussing “scary” things in video games or movies is to note the distinction between being legitimately frightened by something or merely startled by a sudden noise or movement.

If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?

I would rather not be trapped in any scary movie, but…The Blair Witch Project. So little happens in the movie that you have considerably less to worry about than other movie settings. I’d definitely choose being stuck in the woods over avoiding monsters roaming the area…right?

If you were in a horror movie, would you be the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the smart one, or the killer?

The comic relief. I’m reasonably certain I would be the person in a horror movie that survives about halfway through the movie, living just long enough to make a few unfortunately-timed jokes before meeting an unremarkable end.

While watching a horror movie, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person covering their eyes the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?

Either the person falling asleep, or the one pointing out obvious situations like “welp, you’re screwed…”

Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?

No, not usually. I’m more likely to watch something happy or funny as a palette-cleanser after watching something very serious/heavy/depressing than a scary movie.

Have you ever played a horror game? What is your favorite horror game?

An all-time favorite I’ve played countless times

Yes. In fact, I usually prefer horror games to movies. Resident Evil 4 is one of my all-time favorite games and something I play frequently. The Resident Evil series had shifted towards action-horror by the time RE4 was released, but there’s still quite a few creepy moments in the game. Other horror game favorites would be Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem or the Resident Evil remake, the game that properly introduced me to horror games as a kid.

If you got trapped in one horror game, what would you want it to be?

Again, I’d prefer NOT to get trapped in any situations where the area is crawling with zombies or pyramid-headed monsters. Wait…I know! How about Luigi’s Mansion?

That’s all for now! I’ve left the questions below if you’d like to answer them in your own post or in the comments. I’ll be back with another Blogtober post on Monday…

  • How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?
  • What was the first horror movie you saw?
  • What is your favorite horror movie?
  • Do you prefer gore or thrillers?
  • If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?
  • If you were in a horror movie, would you be the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the smart one, or the killer?
  • While watching a horror movie, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person covering their eyes the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?
  • Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?
  • Have you ever played a horror game? What is your favorite horror game?
  • If you got trapped in one horror game, what would you want it to be?