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.