‘Simpsons’ Halloween Special Salutes ‘Dexter’

"Treehouse of Horror XXII" (Photo: Fox)

What happens when “The Simpsons” meets “Dexter”?

You get a highly appropriate sequence for the “Simpsons’ ” 22nd annual “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween special.

This season’s “Horror”-fest — No. XXII, if you’re into Roman numerals — airs Sunday, Oct. 30, at 8/7c on Fox. The “Dexter”-adapted bit you’ll see that evening will be familiar to those who watch “Dexter,” Showtime’s acclaimed drama about a heroic serial killer in Miami (played by Michael C. Hall).

The “Dexter” title sequence is one of the most eye-catching show-openings currently on TV. Filmed in extreme, excruciating close-up, it has Dexter Morgan going through his morning routine — shaving, cracking a few eggs, slicing some breakfast meat and then frying them up.

Sound normal? It is normal, but the way this sequence is filmed and edited turns these “normal” activities into mini-scenes of horror — when Dexter nicks himself while shaving, for instance, or when he cracks that egg and it sizzles in the pan. Well, if you’re not familiar with it, you can watch it here on Youtube.

Well, some version of this will be featured in the “Simpsons’ ” special, in much the same way that the show’s producers adapted the “Mad Men” title sequence for the opening of another Halloween special a few years back.

Also featured in “Treehouse of Horror XXII” later this month — as revealed by Fox on Friday: The voice of Aron Ralston, the real-life hiker played by James Franco in the movie “127 Hours” in a segment in which Homer becomes trapped while hiking.

Watch a recent episode of “The Simpsons” right here:

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