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Lisa’s music lesson has been crashed by four Phantoms of the Opera – a sort of original, “classic” design, plus Lon Chaney, Herbert Lom and Claude Rains...


...Lisa’s unruly sax playing reveals that Winslow Leach, The Phantom of the Paradise, is leading the session. (Forumite Whazzupfrogzntoadz points out that the paintings visible on the wall as Lisa leaves all refer to previous Treehouses of Horror).


Dodging a zombiefied Nelson, Bart skateboards over Cthulhu (is this a hint of del Toro's At The Mountains Of Madness plans? Probably not really)...


...who it’s revealed is having tea with his creator HP Lovecraft.


As Bart skates on, we also see Edgar Allen Poe with his Raven, Ray Bradbury illustrating a man...


...and Richard Matheson, shaking his head sadly because his I Am Legend vampire looks the way they do in The Omega Man.


A mob of villagers (Mo and Skinner at the head) is chased by torch-bearing Universal monsters: the Frankenstein creature, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, The Creature From Black Lagoon...


The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Metalunen from This Island Earth.


On the bridge, Maggie is driving the car from The Car...


...with Milhouse the unfortunate cyclist.


Driven into the river, he’s munched by a giant Blinky. Incidentally, this whole sequence (apart from the fish) is from The Car, but Milhouse on the bike is also giving us flashbacks to It and In the Mouth of Madness. Is that just us? 

An incredibly busy panning wide-shot. We’ve got Del Toro’s giant Lovecraftian Elemental from Hellboy 2; the Lost in Space robot escorting Rod Serling from the scene (a joke that works even better if you know that CBS cancelled The Twilight Zone and replaced it with Lost in Space); Kang and Kodos crashing their saucer into the power plant stacks; Ray Harryhausen’s Ymir from 20 Million Miles to Earth; Lon Chaney in London After Midnight... 

...Geiger’s Alien almost hidden behind a wall; a Morlock from The Time Machine; Ro-Man from Robot Monster (the gorilla in the fishbowl helmet); Hans Moleman painting Hitchcock’s silhouette on a wall; three Ray Harryhausen / Jason and the Argonauts skeletons (also a possible nod to Army of Darkness)...


...two Saucer Men (from Invasion of the Saucer Men); Nosferatu; The Fly; Gort and a flying saucer from The Day The Earth Stood Still; a pinhead and Johnny Eck from Tod Browning’s Freaks... 

...The Mummy and the Invisible Man again; Rondo Hatton; and The Grim Reaper. The lizard-like creature writing “El Muerto” next to Hans is one of The Mole People, reckons our commenter Dellamorte Dellamore; the satellite thing is the spaceship from The First Men On The Moon (thanks, Drew42); and the bald green guy in the foreground is the original 1951 The Thing From Another World (good spot, Hammerfan).

Here we are at the house, does Lisa’s red hat refer to something? We’d suggest Don’t Look Now, but that was a raincoat, not an ensemble with a pillbox hat...


...With Maggie still driving in the black car, she illuminates the inside of the garage. Are there always gas masks and an axe in the garage?


Homer doing a Blade 2 Reaper again just before Maggie runs him over, leading to…


...The couch! Homer’s re-appeared as the ghost from The Devil’s Backbone. Marge is still a roach....


Lisa gets sucked into the sofa and falls down an Alice-like rabbit hole.


Lisa lands and is confronted by Futurama’s Hypnotoad, playing the role of Pan’s Labyrinth’s giant amphibian, after which, mesmerised... 


we find ourselves back in Pan’s Labyrinth, with Homer and Marge recast as the King and Queen of the Underworld... 


...and Bart as The Faun.


The sequence ends with Lisa smiling surrounded by fairies from Pan's Labyrinth. Fancy watching it all again?


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21 Re your Ralph Wiggum
Surely this is a nod to 'Hot Fuzz' (or whatever film Hot Fuzz grabbed it from)...yeah, I KNOW it's not horror per se, but neither is 'Alice in Wonderland'...the clincher for me is the ice-cream (Cornetto). More

Posted by glaive on Friday October 4, 2013, 16:17

22 The Satelite Thing
This is the original Fly from the 50s. More

Posted by Skillgannon on Friday October 4, 2013, 16:16

23 'The Mole People' (1956)
He's the "El Muerto" graffiti artist. More

Posted by Dellamorte Dellamore on Friday October 4, 2013, 15:54

24 Maggie alien
As Lisa exits the music room, on the left is a reference to Maggie as an alien in a previous Treehouse of Horror More

Posted by thelockwood on Friday October 4, 2013, 15:48

25 Bald green guy
The bald green guy looks like The Thing from the original. More

Posted by hammerfan on Friday October 4, 2013, 15:40

26 Gort...
Klaatu was the guy he protected. Also, is that the wooden sphere from The First Men In The Moon behind Nosferatu? More

Posted by drew42 on Friday October 4, 2013, 15:37

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