The Simpsons annual Treehouse of Horror episode that aired earlier this month was the series’ 24th horror-themed episode for the Halloween season (feel old?). In the intro, scared up by director Guillermo del Toro, homage is paid to a whole host of horror flicks, with visual references to B-movies, classics, del Toro’s own films, and everything else in between. (I was particularly pleased to see actor Rondo Hatton, who lends his name to the horror research award for which I was nominated last year.)
|Screenshot featuring Rondo Hatton (with shovel) and assorted other movie friends.|
Keen-eyed book fans may be able to spot some of their favorite horror authors in the sequence—not just references to their works (you can see those, too), but depictions of the authors themselves. There are exactly five, and if you’re having trouble coming up with names, here’s a clue: some of them are juxtaposed with characters they created.
Can you find and name all five of the horror writers depicted in the video below?
Bonus points if you spotted the reference to a lost film (regular readers know lost films are my second passion).
You can check your answers in the second embedded video from Movie Pilot, with all of the references tagged.
Update: it appears the video with the references tagged plays automatically. I've removed it due to the annoyance factor, but you can still find it at this link.
Did you find them all? Which authors would you like to have seen included?