Treehouse of Horror IV

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (35)

  • Lisa: Grampa's a vampire? Bart: We're all vampires. Lisa: But no. We killed Mr. Burns. Homer: You have to kill the head vampire. Lisa: You're the head vampire? Marge: No, I'm the head vampire. (Lets out an evil laugh) Lisa: Mom? Marge: Well I do have a life outside this house, you know.

  • Lionel Hutz: First, some ground rules: Number one, we get bathroom breaks every half-hour. Devil Flanders: Agreed! Number two, the jury will be chosen by me! Lionel Hutz: Agreed. No, wait-- Devil Flanders: Silence! I give you the Jury of the Damned! Benedict Arnold, Lizzie Borden, Richard Nixon-- Nixon: But I'm not dead yet! In fact, I just wrote an article for Redbook. Devil Flanders: Hey, listen; I did a favor for you! Nixon: Yes, master. Devil Flanders: John Wilkes Booth, Blackbeard the Pirate, John Dillinger, and the starting line-up of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers! Simpsons: Ahh!

  • Homer: Kill my boss? Do I dare to live out the American dream?

  • Homer: Oh, Lisa, you and your stories: "Bart is a vampire, beer kills brain cells." Now let's go back to that...building...thingy...where our beds and

  • Lisa: Ew! Dad, this is blood! Homer: Correction--free blood.

  • Kent Brockman: Another local peasant has been found dead, drained of his blood with two teeth marks on his throat. This black cape was found on the scene. (It is labeled "Dracula.") Police are baffled. Chief Wiggum: We think we're dealing with a supernatural being, most likely a mummy. As a precaution, I've ordered the Egyptian wing of the Springfield museum destroyed.

  • Bart: We come now to the final and most terrifying painting of the evening. To even gaze upon it is to go mad. Homer: (Looking at the painting) Aah! They're dogs...and they're playing poker! Aah! Bart: We had a story to go with this painting, but it was far too intense. So we just threw something together with vampires. Enjoy!

  • Principal Skinner: Hello, Simpson. I'm riding the bus today because Mother hid my car keys to punish me for talking to a woman on the phone. She was right to do it.

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Notes (6)

  • At the end of the original broadcast of this episode, the winner of the Who Laid a Finger on Bart's Butterfinger? contest was announced. The Springfield resident who stole the Butterfinger was Krusty the Clown who was wearing a rubber Homer Simpson mask as a disguise. The clue was that Krusty had forgotten to take off his large clown shoes. The winner was Nancy Fredholm of Hudson, New Hampshire who won $50,000 for solving the case.


  • First Appearance: Üter Zörker

  • The end credits of this episode are similar to The Addams Family theme, but with the Simpsons notes in it. This is also the first "Treehouse of Horror" episode to use the Halloween Gracie Films logo, in which the "ssh" is replaced by the woman screaming sound from the "Treehouse of Horror" openings.

  • The clip of Homer saying "Pennsylvania!" and lightning flashing around the "Welcome to Pennsylvania" sign is used by some Pennsylvania stations in commercials for the show.

  • "The Devil and Mr. Simpson" is produced by Conan "12:30 NBC" O'Brien and also written by "Watch Conan O'Brien." Conan used these names in an attempt to promote his new "Late Night" show at the time.

Trivia (8)

  • At the end of "Bart Simpson's Dracula", the family hums the Christmas carol Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, despite the fact that this is a Halloween-based show.

  • The book Lisa stumbles upon in the basement is "'Yes, I am a Vampire,' by C. Montgomery Burns. Foreword by Steve Allen."

  • Eddie the cop tosses the Mona Lisa into the fire at the museum.

  • In the last story, the painting of dogs playing poker (that was too scary to make a story about) appears above the couch.

  • Lionel Hutz combs his hair with a fork.

  • Bart's test, with an F+ grade, is attached to the fridge.

  • The creature that serves Homer the donut has an apron labelled "Hell's Kitchen."

  • Gravestones in the opening sequence read: -Elvis - Accept It - A Balanced Budget - Subtle Political Satire - TV Violence (which gets riddled by bullets and bleeds)

Allusions (11)

  • The Inferno by Dante Homer's punishment in Hell, being forced to eat all the donuts in the world, is a reference to the classic poem The Inferno by Dante. Dante saw one's punishment in Hell to be reflective of the sins that caused their souls to end up there.

  • Nosferatu One of the vampires in Burns' basement looks just like this silent film classic character.

  • Fantasia The first time Flanders appears, he looks the same as the devil at the end of the 1940 Disney film Fantasia during the "Night on Bald Mountain" piece.

  • The Broad Street Bullies The Devil Flanders adds the starting lineup of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers to Homer's jury. The 1976 Philadelphia Flyers were well known for their rough and tough style of play. They got into many fights and were often feared by other teams. They were famously nicknamed, "The Broad Street Bullies."

  • Segment Title: The Devil and Homer Simpson The title for the first segment comes from Steven Vincent Benet's The Devil and Daniel Webster.

  • Critters 2 The scene where a Gremlin tears a bus piece by piece is an allusion to a scene in the 1988 movie Critters 2.

  • Rod Serling's Night Gallery Bart walking through a scary museum is a spin on the show Rod Serling's Night Gallery, in which Rod Serling would walk through an art museum and tell stories about the various hideous artwork.

  • Peanuts At the end, after they say Happy Halloween, the Simpsons start singing, snow comes down, and you see Milhouse playing on a piano with Santa's Little Helper dancing on it. This is much like Schroeder and Snoopy from Peanuts.

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