When the inheritance Bender claims in the Old Country isn't quite what he expected, the Planet Express crew has to find the source of an age-old curse.

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Philip J. Fry / Prof. Hubert J. Farnsworth / Dr. Zoidberg / Uncle Vladimir / Car Smasher #2 / Robot Farmer (voice)
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Turanga Leela (voice)
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Bender / Car Smasher #1 / Sal (voice)
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Robot at Funeral / Female Robot Ghost / Gypsy-bot / Robot Eskimo (voice)
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Robot Doctor / Will Reader / Maniacal Laughter / Calculon (voice)
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Robot Villager #2 / Tandy / Project Satan (voice)
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Amy Wong (voice)
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Hermes Conrad / Robot Villager #1 / Reverend Preacherbot (voice)
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When the inheritance Bender claims in the Old Country isn't quite what he expected, the Planet Express crew has to find the source of an age-old curse.

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The "Were-car" Bender transforms into has a strong resemblance to the title character in Universal Pictures The Car (1977). "The Car" was reported to be driven or possessed by Satan. See more »

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Robot Villager #1: Some say unholy things happen up there.
Robot Villager #2: For example, all of us say that.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Pfft! Supersticious robot mumbo-jumbo!
Robot Villager #2: Mumbo, perhaps. Jumbo, perhaps not.
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Spoofs The Howling (1981) See more »

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Futurama's most Halloweenish episode
14 October 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Do they still have Halloween in the year 3000? One can only hope. The holiday itself was never brought up on Futurama, but some Halloweenish fun and themes appear in this episode, which I'm reviewing among other horror-related TV episodes and movies this October. As one should expect from this show, such themes are given a futuristic twist.

The episode fits in a number of parodies of well-known horror stories. When the Planet Express Crew make a trip to a castle, they run into superstitious local robots who fear the castle much like human peasants fear Dracula's castle. But there are no robot vampires- instead, it appears that the castle is haunted by robot ghosts. Much like how The Shining had redrum, a message in binary appears on the wall that only becomes terrifying when seen in the mirror. Mainly, though, the episode spoofs werewolf stories, with Bender catching a virus that transforms him into a killer car (a "were-car"). Finally, the yeti is briefly referenced when one of the were-cars is said to be the "Abominable Snowmobile."

There are a number of laughs throughout, some dealing with the irony in how Fry is emotionally hurt by the fact that Bender as a were-car did not try to physically hurt him. We also meet the robotic psychic for the first time. In Godfellas she's ridiculed as a fraud. Here, though, she seems to know what's going on, and the humour is instead found in how much her services cost. This episode isn't scary, but it's still fun, and definitely amusing.

Happy Halloween.


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