Saturday, October 31, 2009


    I love Halloween and I love The Simpsons, even after all these years I still never miss an episode! So, the perfect combination is of course The Simpson's Halloween Special "Treehouse of Horror". Since it first aired on Oct. 24, 1990, I have always looked forward to every Simpsons Halloween Special (even though in recent years it has aired in November!) and here CHERNOBOG'S LAIR presents the Top 10 Simpson's Treehouse of Horror (Sequences, not episodes)!
#10 "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse," (Ep. XIX, 11/02/2008) In a homage to the Peanuts classic "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" except this time the great pumpkin comes and goes on a rampage!
#9 "Starship Poopers" (Ep. IX, 10/25/1998) Maggie is the illegitimate child between Marge and Kang, then they end up on the Jerry Springer Show!?
#8 "The Thing and I" (Ep. VII, 10/27/1996) Bart Simpson and his separated conjoined twin Hugo!
#7 "The Island Of Dr. Hibbert" (Ep. XIII, 11/03/2002) The Simpsons are turned into animals in a parody of the "Island of Dr. Moreau"!
#6 "Desperately Xeeking Xena" (Ep. X, 10/31/1999) Bart and Lisa become superheroes and Comic Book Guy becomes the villain The Collector and kidnaps Xena (Lucy Lawless)!
#5 "Hungry are the Damned" (Ep. I, 10/24/1991) This is the first appearance of alien invaders Kang and Kodos, who have appeared in every Halloween special since!
#4 "The Shinning" (Ep. V, 10/30/1994) A Simpsons parody of Stanley Kubrick/Jack Nicholson's version of Stephen King's "The Shining"! And no, I didn't spell it wrong!
#3 "The Devil and Homer Simpson" (Ep. IV, 10/30/1995) Homer sells his soul for a donut, classic!
#2 "Dial 'Z' for Zombie" (Ep. III, 10/29/1992) The Simpsons + Zombies = Awesome! Homer: "Take that Washington! Eat lead, Einstein! Show's over Shakespeare!"
#1 "The Raven" (Ep. I, 10/24/1991) This is and always will be my favorite sequence! As a Simpson's and Edgar Allan Poe fan, this was perfect, although they did shorten the poem it was portrayed beautifully and masterfully read by James Earl Jones!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


  With the latest slew of zombie-movies since the 2004's "Dawn of the Dead" Zack Snyder remake, it is always a welcome to see a truly original and maybe even funny take on the zombie genre. In the style of the hilarious and groundbreaking "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) rookie director.
   Ruben Fleischer brings a unique spin to the zombie movie with "Zombieland"! Starring Jesse Eisenberg, who coincidentally just starred in the comedy "Adventureland" (2009) as the unlikely and also somewhat un-named (known only as Columbus) main character of a college student struggling for survival with surprising optimism during the zombie apocalypse who meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) a redneck, survivalist with an obsession for Twinkies! Together they make their way across the country trying to survive and kill a few zombies. Along the way they meet Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two sisters on their way to an amusement park in order to reclaim their lost childhood while they're still alive to enjoy it.
The film is a humorous mix of first person voice-over featuring Columbus' numbered rules for survival and slapstick violence with the usual zombie gore. Through most of the movie we follow Columbus as his take on the whole zombie apocalypse is really only a minor inconvenience as he is usually so easy going despite the hordes of flesh eating undead! This could almost be compared to that of an American version of "Shaun of the Dead" but they are equally as great and funny! Also there is a very surprising and unlikely cameo. Hilarious!