The only bad thing about GUILLERMO DEL TORO being involved in this year's Treehouse of Horror is that he's not writing and directing the entire episode.
No, del Toro, like other artists well known for having a particular style before him, is just doing an extended opening credits sequence for "Treehouse of Horror XXIV," in which he will be giving the audience a bit of a history lesson in the monsters and characters of classic horror film. Del Toro's work, on Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, to name only two, is certainly influenced by a life-long love of classic horror. If I had to pick a theme for him to work with though, I probably would have had him do a Lovecraft inspired bit. After all, At the Mountains of Madness isn't going to happen anytime soon, and I want to see his take on it.
This year, the three stories of ToH, will run as follows:
The first sees Homer Simpson traveling around Springfield wreaking havoc in a rhyming take on a popular children's story. In the second tale, "Dead and Shoulders," Bart is beheaded during a kite accident, his head is attached to Lisa's body, and they are forced to live together as one person. The third, "Freaks No Geeks," follows Mr. Burns' traveling circus The Burnsum and Bailey Circus, which stops in Springfieldland in the '30s. Things go wrong when Moe starts to make advances toward trapeze artist Marge.
The episode and credits sequence will air on October 6th.