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Iconic Director Guillermo Del Toro Makes Simpsons Halloween Couch Gag [VIDEO]

The iconic director had the time to help design one of the coolest Simpsons openings ever.

One thing about Guillermo del Toro, when he goes for something, he goes all in. Now, after cramming more mechs and kaiju into Pacific Rim than anyone could have imagined, he’s inserted an insane amount of horror references into his upcoming “couch gag” intro for The Simpsons.

The director took the helm for the show’s upcoming “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” episode’s opening sequence and packed it full of nods to tons of iconic horror films. Which by the way, I cannot believe we are at 24 episodes of Treehouse of Horror, now I feel old. The inspiration for the massive horror pastiche, del Toro told Entertainment Weekly, came from Mad magazine’s Will Elder, Mort Drucker, and Harvey Kurtzman.

“They would try to cram so many references in,” del Toro told EW. “You as a kid could spend an afternoon on your bed with your magnifying glass going through a frame of Mad magazine and finding all these references to this and that.”

Del Toro’s intro has an homage to The Birds, a bit about The Shining (complete with Stephen King appearance), and even a cameo by Edgar Allan Poe. There are also references to plenty of del Toro’s own works like The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Mr. Burns is Pale Man, obviously and even a wink to the Blade franchise

The Simpsons‘ annual Halloween special, which airs Sunday, will also feature a segment called “Dead and Shoulders” where Bart is beheaded in a kite accident and another bit called “Freaks no Geeks” about Mr. Burns’ traveling circus.

Check Out Guillermo’s Simpsons Opening Below:

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