Io9 had a great link to Guillermo del Toro’s Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” couch gag.
1. For those that are unfamiliar with The Simpsons couch gag, look here.
2. For those that are unfamiliar with Guillermo del Toro, head to Wikipedia. Or you might just watch Cronos (1993), Mimic (1997), The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), or Pacific Rim (2013).
Del Toro is just about the greatest contemporary master of science fiction/fantasy horror. Sometimes folks call this “dark fantasy” but fantasy alone doesn’t account for the rich scientific worlds del Toro incorporates in his fairy tales. Regardless of what we call the genre, monsters are del Toro’s wheelhouse, and he’s doing them better than anyone right now.
[The only other contenders in SF/F Horror are David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, and Paul (W.S.) Anderson. Of those, Cronenberg, Cameron, and Scott all appear to have moved on to other genres. While Carpenter dwells more solidly in straight horror, and Anderson, alas, is just not up to the level of anyone else in this list. If you think I’m missing someone, let me know! I will admit if we’re talking monsters then we might include Peter Jackson, David Twohy, Wes Craven, and Stephen Spielberg, too.]
3. Just watch it. Then watch it again. Or half a dozen times like I did while trying to spot all the references.
4. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And it is glorious..