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Treehouse of Horror VIII 

Homer battles mutants after Springfield is annihilated by a neutron bomb; Bart has his DNA mixed with a fly; Marge is revealed to be a witch in colonial Springfield.


(as Mad Dog Kirkland)


(created by) (as Bat Groening), (developed by) (as Chains Hell Brooks) | 6 more credits »

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Episode credited cast:
Homer Simpson / French President / Sideshow Mel / Mayor Quimby (voice) (as Damned Cast-In-Hell-Dead-Aaah!)
Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice) (as Ghoulie Kavner)
Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders / Ralph Wiggum (voice) (as Nocturnal Nancy Frightwright)
Lisa Simpson (voice) (as Your Mom)
Edna Krabappel (voice) (as Macabre Wallace)
Agnes Skinner (voice) (as Terrifying Tress MacNeille)
Maude Flanders (voice) (as Maggie 'Area 51' Roswell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monique Yates Jr. ...
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Homer battles mutants after Springfield is annihilated by a neutron bomb; Bart has his DNA mixed with a fly; Marge is revealed to be a witch in colonial Springfield.

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

26 October 1997 (USA)  »

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| (seasons 3-19)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In "Easy Bake Coven", the unnamed character portrayed by Edna Krabbapel has a red "A" upon her frock. This is a reference to the main character in the book, 'The Scarlet Letter'. In the book, the "A" stands for adultery, and the woman is made to wear it by the townspeople as punishment for committing this crime. The implication that Mrs. Krabbapel's character is likewise an adulteress fits with the series' numerous hints that Mrs.Krabbapel has had many lovers. See more »


In "Fly vs. fly", when smoke leaves the machine while it is in the Simpson's kitchen (just after Bart and the fly are mismatched), Homer's hand appears to be transparent, as we can see the line of the pod door through it. See more »


[after seen three woman burn at the stake]
Marge Simpson: How horrible!
Lisa Simpson: If they're really witches, why don't they use their powers to escape!
Homer Simpson: That sounds like witch talk to me, Lisa.
Lisa Simpson: Never mind.
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References Tommy Boy (1995) See more »


Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Performed by Edwin Starr
Sung by Dan Castellaneta
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Treehouse of Horror goes from yearly custom to annual tradition
29 October 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

By 1997 it was difficult to imagine Halloween without a Treehouse of Horror; so the ninth season has a shot at it. Overall, I like season 9, but my feelings for Treehouse of Horror VIII are somewhat mixed- for reasons I'll discuss in this latest of a series of reviews on Halloween and horror-themed entertainment this October.

The first two segments are pretty good. The first has Springfield getting hit by a neutron bomb, which kills many but leaves buildings and cars still intact. At first, Homer is the only apparent survivor. After some appropriate mourning, he then has some fun doing things he couldn't do otherwise. However, he soon comes into conflict with skin-eating mutants, inexplicably made evil by the blast. Marge and the kids turn out to be alive, and ultimately kill the mutants even after they stopped trying to kill Homer. It's a humorous rejection of something we're supposed to cherish, peaceful co-existence.

The second segment has Bart and a fly mixing their DNA. Although science fiction has always been a part of Treehouse of Horror, this story struck me as odd because I don't usually associate flies with Halloween. Nevertheless, this segment wins me over with its humour. The fly with Bart's body is oddly accepted pretty quickly by the Simpsons; the kiss and the toothbrush jokes are gross (in a good way). Finally, the third segment is about seventeenth century witch burnings, with Marge as a witch. More so than the second segment, this subject is very appropriate for Halloween- but the segment just isn't very funny. Turning Wiggum into a gopher, for example, is just silly. On the whole, given the first eight THOHs, I'd rank this as my eighth favourite- but that's not to say it's bad, it's still well worth watching.

Happy Halloween.

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