Tales from the Northside

Hello everyone and welcome to Tales from the Northside!  My name is Scott or Canadian Scott if you prefer and my area of nerd love comes from watching horror movies.  This column is going to be bringing you reviews of some of the latest, greatest and lackluster horror movies from every era.  A lot of what you’re about to read will contain some spoilers but I will try my best to keep you in suspense just like your favourite movies and shows!

At 25 seasons, The Simpsons have been given the title of longest running comedy scripted show of all time.  Their Treehouse of Horror anthologies have been a staple to the show since its very beginning, even now when people talk about he Simpsons having lost a step, I look to the Treehouse of Horror as my one bright spot in an otherwise useless season.  Before I begin let me throw out some notes in what helped me shape the list.  First, I could go through each mini-epsiode and rank them from 1-75 and as much fun as that is I don’t know if you would want to read all of it.  Secondly, I did consider some of my favourite episodes within the anthology but it certainly is not he deciding factor.  Third, I don’t consider the opening sequences or wraparound episodes within an episode because let’s face it Guilleirmo Del Toro’s recent opening of the 24th edition would trump anything like the graveyard openings from the first four seasons.  You can see how the list has shaped up so far by checking out Numbers 24-21 here, 20-16 here and 15-11 here.

10. XXIII.

A recent entry makes it into the top ten!  The Greatest Story Ever Holed is about a black hole that is ravaging Springfield; I love this one because of all the stuff people throw in including Snowball (but don’t ask Santa’s Little Helper who did it).  Unparanormal Activity, the Simpsons go found footage with this homage to Paranormal Activity and demon three-ways and finally we get Bart and Homer’s Excellent Adventure which answers the question could Artie Ziff and Bart Ziff defeat Homer’s through the years…the answer is yes.

9. XV.

The Ned Zone is about Ned Flanders being given the ability to see into the future for anyone he touches, a great episode for Ned trying to avoid Homer at all costs and for Homer’s death scene.  Four Beheadings and a Funeral where Eliza Simpson uses her detective skills to track down the Muttonchop Murderer and we finish with A Fantastic Voyage homage with In the Belly of the Boss.  Did anyone else get a weird boner seeing Marge and her ripped up clothing?

8. XII.

This episode features a couple phrases that I still use to this day in some regular conversation such as “Every moment I live is agony.”  And I do describe my wife’s neck as swan-like.  First up is Hex and the City which involves Homer trying to shake a gypsy curse, did you know Katie Couric was a mythical creature?  House of Whacks features the smooth voice of Pierce Brosnan as the sentient house out to get rid of Homer and finally Wiz Kids is the Harry Potter parody that doesn’t use Harry Potter directly.

7. VII.

In case you haven’t noticed there is a lot of golden age Simpsons through the top ten.  In number seven, we have The Thing and I, introducing Hugo, Bart’s conjoined twin, The Genesis Tub, Lisa’s science expert begins to grow mini life thanks to some static electricity and we finish with a political piece about the upcoming election between Bob Dole and Bill Clinton called Citizen Kang.  It is a good episode with some great one-liners and holds up surprisingly well despite it being time period specific.

6. IX.

In this installment we get Hell Toupee, Homer becomes possessed by a toupee formally belonging to Snake.  In The Terror of Tiny Toon, Bart and Lisa become trapped inside the tv and must survive cartoonish attacks from Itchy and Scratchy and finally we end with Starship Poopers, it turns out Maggie is not really Homer’s kid but instead Kang’s and only one man can solve this intergalactic mess.  There was some solid writing in this episode and watching a toupee get shot up by the police gives this episode a good ranking.

That’s it for today!  Do you like what you see so far?  Disagree with some placement; want to tell me where you think your favourite episode will end up?  Leave me a comment below.  In the meantime, be sure to check out my friends on Nerditis and keep your eyes open for my Weekly Time Waster, The Northern Dead and another great installment of Tales of the Northside.  Tomorrow we reach the end with the top 5 Treehouse of Horror episodes.

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