Fact: "The Simpsons" does the best Halloween special of any TV show still on the air. Year in and year out, their staple Treehouse of Horror half-hours have become season highlights for the long running show. Sure, with 21 seasons under their belt, the show just isn't what it used to be, but when it comes to penning their love letter to horror each fall, they always give it their bloody best.
Fortunately for us, this latest entry, the twentieth in the series if you can believe it, lives up to the benchmark set by its Krueger loving ancestry. This year they've set out to send up Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, featuring a cameo by the director of course, Danny Boyles 28 Days Later, and even a musical play within the show that riffs on Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. All three are a nice Halloween treat, naturally, but I'd even say that this offering is perhaps the most cerebral one they've done in a long while.
The animation alone in the Hitchcock sequence is full of little touches that hint towards a more intelligent design than what the series has embodied lately (for what it's worth, I blame the success of "Family Guy" on the new trend of idiocy and one-off gags on "The Simpsons"). But I'm getting ahead of myself, I know everyone just wants to watch a Krusty Burger turn the citizens of Springfield into brain-hungry 'Munchers'. So do click on to watch the entire episode completely free of charge.