The doll’s trying to kill me, and the toaster’s been laughing at me! — Homer, “Treehouse of Horror III”

Homer’s hard-fought battle with the talking Krusty doll in the first third of “Treehouse III” is a direct parody of the last third of Trilogy of Terror, a 1975 made-for-TV movie featuring this guy:

The third section of ToT, “Amelia”, concerns a young lady who brings home what is referred to as a Zuni fetish doll. You of course know what comes next.

As ToT fans evidently enjoyed the story, the same Zuni doll was featured in one of the segments in the 1996 sequel.

So… “Treehouse III” was released in October 1992, four years before ToT II hit the silver screen. Should we note that the damsel-in-distress in the sequel’s Zuni doll segment was named Dr. Simpson? We’re through the looking glass here, people.

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5 Responses to Amelia

  1. Justin says:

    Hmmm, I’ve always seen it as a direct parody of “The Living Doll” Telly Savalas Twilight Zone… the “My name is Krusty the Clown and I’m going to kill you,” is almost word for word Talky Tina’s threats… in fact, the scene where Homer puts him in a bag of socks in the garage is just like a scene where Telly sticks Tina in a trash bag in his garage…

  2. mcgarnagle says:

    Ah, good call, that is definitely spot-on. I took my cue from the Treehouse III commentary, which mentioned the Trilogy, but you’re definitely correct that they must have drawn from the Twilight Zone episode as well. It can be two things!

    • Justin says:

      Cool. Yeah, I’d say it’s inspired by both. Have you looked at the Bart/Hugo “The Thing and I” yet? That one could be Basket Case or De Palma’s Sisters (or BOTH!). Anywho, love the site. Keep up the good work.

  3. Adz says:

    Hi McGarnagle, I got one for ya.The floating head scenes in The Simpsons as they recall memories.

    Also with Marge vs The Monorail it also occurs,couldnt find a clip for it.
    Apu”Is there a change the track could bend?,Homer “I call the big one bitey”

    Is this a generic thing taken from various sources or one specific source? Or just something made up by the Simpsons?.I saw it used in an episode of the comedy series Father Ted as well.

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