This week I watched the David Cronenberg classic the Fly for the first time. I really enjoyed the film, having no idea the insect would infiltrate American media the next night. You know how the internet loves to milk a single meme until there is absolutely no substance to it left? Yeah. Ignorance really is bliss, because after this blog post, I hope I never have to hear about a fly ever again.
So why, you may be wondering, am I bringing up flies right now if I’m so sick of seeing them? Well, it has a little something to do with Bart, a 1958 Kurt Neumann film, and a science experiment gone wrong.
“Fly vs. Fly”
Homer bought a teleportation device and is having the time of his life with it. He uses it in place of the stairs and to get a beer from the fridge. Bart is especially intrigued by the device, consumed with visions of himself becoming a fly-boy superhero. But when he teleports with the fly, the machine does nothing more but switch their heads. The moral of this story? Teleportation is a solitary hobby. And if you must teleport with somebody or something, I suggest you pick a creature more interesting and less disgusting than a fly.
“The HΩmega Man”
The classic science fiction movie Omega Man, in which a man survives a pandemic, is the inspiration for this goofy “Treehouse of Horror” segment. After Mayor Quinby insults France, the country’s leader launches a missile into Springfield. Homer, who was hanging out in a bomb shelter during this time, is the only survivor. He is overwhelmed with grief after losing is family for a few seconds. But he quickly recovers and has the time of his life watching Tommy Boy and dancing naked in a church. However, Homer is not as alone as he thinks. The missile didn’t kill everyone. Rather, it turned many – including Ned and Moe Szyslak – into murderous mutants.
The history of trick-or-treating is a Hansel and Gretel level of grim. Back in the 1600’s, Springfield got really into accusing women of being witches and burning them at the stake. The most recent accused? Marge. To pass the test of whether she is a witch, she must fall off a cliff with a broomstick. If she dies, “she will have died a Christian death.” But if she flies and survives, the town will kill her. Not only is Marge a real witch, but her sisters are, too. Rather than letting Springfield kill them, the women decide to get their revenge by stopping at every person’s doorstep to eat their children.
Witches, body horror, the apocalypse and cannibalism? Sign me up! This is one of my favorite Halloween specials of the entire anthology. The references were creative, the jokes landed perfectly and the coloring is impeccable (see the apocalyptic sky in the second picture above). Many of the “Treehouse of Horror” segments focus on Homer, but this time the other Simpson family members had a piece of the spotlight. This episode was so much fun, I rewatched it as soon as it ended.