The Simpsons get a little shady in today’s Halloween special. Let’s take a closer look at the parodies of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Split and Jurassic Park.
“Intrusion of the Pod-y Switchers”
During the unveiling of the latest iPhone, an alien race of Plant People infiltrate Springfield. They turn everyone into the plant version of their selves, transporting their original souls to what we “inaccurately call the Crab Nebula.” Everyone is quite thrilled about life on the new planet, but even Lisa has to admit that a science fiction story with a happy ending isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Personally, I would love to know what the plant version of myself would be like; she’d probably be pretty cool.
Inspired by the movie Split, “Multiplisa-ty” is the story of Lisa having a bit of a breakdown after getting her first F in school. How did this terrible grade even happen? Bart, Milhouse and Nelson wrote insults about Miss Hoover all over Lisa’s homework, and while Miss Hoover figured Lisa was sabotaged, she failed the young Simpson anyway. Now it’s time for the boys to pay. Lisa goes on a murderous rampage, claiming various personalities and accents along the way.
I’ve never been a fan of horror movies like Split where mental illnesses are essentially the “villains.” Most of the time the story is not successful and they do more harm than good. While it is a difficult subject to tackle, I would say this “Treehouse of Horror” story is enjoyable. It satirizes the M. Night Shyamalan film and pokes fun at the horror trope instead of personalty disorders.
Mr. Burns once again comes up with a plan to make himself richer by opening up Geriatric Park. It is a little like a retirement home, except the elders receive a rejuvenating little cocktail of dinosaur DNA. Seems harmless enough, right? Everything is going swimmingly until Homer turns up the thermostat. Apparently, heat disrupts the new chemicals in elders’ bodies and transforms them into “precursors of modern day birds.”
Until Next Time…
Is there a better way to spend the last moments of October than checking out the spooky things we’re reading this month here at Haunted MTL? (No, there isn’t.)