Tomorrow The Simpsons will unveil their 22nd Treehouse of Horror episode. In honor of this creepy cavalcade, we've rounded up Treehouse's top 10 horror stories. What made the cut? Dolphin overlords, doughnut rain, and an extraterrestrial Bob Dole.
Night Of The Dolphin (2000)
Lisa unknowingly releases the king dolphin from captivity — in return, he stages a dolphin revolution, banishing all the humans to the sea. This episode was picked not only for its crazy Alfred Hitchcock allusions but also for its ending, which was surreal even by Treehouse standards.
Four Beheadings and a Funeral (2004)
A Jack the Ripper story with a Simpsons spin...and a lot of opium.
The Shinning (1994)
Urge to kill rising, rising, rising...
Dial Z for Zombies (1992)
You can't go wrong with the classic Flanders zombie. Also, there's that awesome moment Bart turns Lisa into a snail.
Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores (1995)
When Homer steals a giant metal doughnut, roadside advertising mascots come to life and wreak havoc on Springfield.
Clown Without Pity (1992)
Homer buys Bart a last-minute birthday gift...a Krusty doll! Too bad he forgot to switch it from "Evil" to "Good."
The Day the Earth Looked Stupid (2006)
You've got to give this little story a lot of credit for the big ending. But even when this War Of The Worlds spoof was being political, it was still exceptionally clever.
Time And Punishment (1994)
Homer goes on a time traveling adventure that keeps screwing with his present. "I wish, I wish I hadn't killed that fish."
No one will ever forget the night that the Simpsons learned about the third dimension, and Homer transported to the real world. Plus there were all those glorious Tron jokes, the erotic cake shop, and Homer opining, "I feel like I'm wasting a fortune just standing here."
Citizen Kang (1996)
"Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Kodos." It's not a Treehouse of Terror without the annual appearance of Kodos and Kang. In this particular episode, Kodos and Kang kidnap and impersonate Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. This clip alone makes it by far the funniest Treehouse episode ever.
Many thanks to human Simpsons encyclopedia Jake Bowler.