When was the last time an advertisement tried to rob you of all your worth? If you live in the United States, it was probably two seconds ago. I hope you have a little change leftover, because today’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode takes us into a world of living advertisements, killer janitors and multidimensional Homers. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is the inspiration of today’s first segment.
“Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores”
I hate to be the one to say this, but there’s an elephant in the room and it’s the fact that Homer probably has lots of sex with donuts. Why is no one talking about this? It is painstakingly obvious. In fact, he is so intoxicated with the food that when he finds out “colossal-sized donuts” do not exists, he steals a donut sculpture outside Lard Land Donuts. This thievery sparks a revolution among all advertisements around Springfield. They destroy anybody who so much as glances at them, and no one can look away.
“Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace”
This is my favorite story of the batch. Maggie is the star of this tale, though Groundskeeper Willie puts on quite a performance as an off-brand Freddy Krueger. In the fashion of Nightmare on Elm Street, the students at Springfield Elementary School are having nightmares about Groundskeeper Willie. In the middle of class, he strangles a sleeping Martin, killing the boy before he can wake up. When Bart and Lisa tell their mom, she confesses that during a school budget meeting, Willie burned to death and no one helped save him. In his dying breaths, he promised to exact revenge on all the students.
When I was in middle school, my English teacher made us watch a lot of the Twilight Zone instead of teaching us (might I add that this was a Catholic middle school?). I’m not complaining though, those classes created a lot of memories for me. Some of the episodes that stuck out to me the most were “Time Enough At Last,” “Living Doll,” “The Dummy” and “Little Girl Lost,” which is what “Homer3” is all about. If you don’t remember, “Little Girl Lost” is the story of a girl who gets trapped in an alternate dimension and can’t find her way home. “Homer3” is about a grown man who hides from his sister-in-laws and ends up stuck in a 3D world. No matter how hard his family tries, they can’t seem to get Mr. Simpson out of the wall and back into their world. In the end, all worries are forgotten and all endings are happy when he goes to Los Angeles and finds a store called Erotic Cakes.
I had a harder time getting into this “Treehouse of Horror” special. It was fun, the references were clever and the animation for “Homer3” is deservingly noteworthy. However, I personally am more invested in the stories when one of the characters is telling them, and no one did that in this episode. That said, I appreciate the different formulas these Halloween episodes present. They’re like little presents: you never know what you’re going to get with each one.
In honor of 3D Homer, you should take a look at what horror games we’re playing here.