It’s only taken 31 seasons and 670 episodes, but The Simpsons has finally done it — “Thanksgiving of Horror” is actually a thing. While it just wouldn’t be Halloween without our annual trip to Springfield for the “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, Matth Groening is giving us a Christmas present early in 2019.
While Friends became known for its Thanksgiving episodes (“More turkey Mr. Chandler?”), American’s favourite family looks like it’s about to kickstart a new Thanksgiving tradition. Well, better late than never I guess. Even if Halloween 2019 is just a ghost from the past, those yellow goofballs are giving us a last-minute dose of the shivers.
Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on what to expect from November 24’s “Thanksgiving of Horror”. Just like the staple “Treehouse of Horror”, the first-ever “Thanksgiving of Horror” will be a trilogy of terror.
The opening act takes us back to the first Thanksgiving in 1621 as a lovable troupe of turkeys — played by the Simpsons themselves — are terrorised by ravenous Pilgrims. Act 2 is a tech-terror that crosses over into Black Mirror territory. Charlie Brooker is on-hand to lend his voice to a social media app that is inspired by the acclaimed “Nosedive” episode of Black Mirror.
Finally, there’s a nod to Jake Gyllenhaal’s Life and classic horror The Blob as Bart and Milhouse journey into the cosmos and inadvertently create a living mass of cranberry sauce.
If you want to know more, Bloody-Disgusting has an exclusive look at the show’s artwork!
While The Simpsons renaming its crew with horror-themed aliases has become a recurring part of the “Treehouse of Horror” episodes, “Thanksgiving of Horror” has a seasonal twist. For example, writer Joel H. Cohen becomes Joel Ate Corn.
“We love ‘Treehouse of Horror’ so much that, like Thanksgiving itself, we are greedy for a second helping of horror.” said executive producer Matt Selman.
Selman continued, “Thanksgiving is a scary holiday from unwanted political discussions to not knowing what time the food is being served. There’s a lot of fear there.”
For hardcore Simpsons fans, “Treehouse of Thanksgiving” isn’t the first non-trilogy episode you might remember. Alongside “Simpsons Bible Stories” and “Simpsons Christmas Stories”, we’ve seen the likes of “The Wettest Stories Ever Told” and “Trilogy of Error”. However, combining the winning formula of horror and the holiday season sounds like a Professor Frink brainwave if ever we’ve head of one.
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