14. "Bad Dream House" (Treehouse Of Horror I, 1990)

Taking most of its inspiration from other haunted house classics like Poltergeist and The Shining, "Bad Dream House" features a lot of jokes, sure, but the ominous tone and atmosphere is a stark departure from the show’s usual flavor.

The story deals with the family moving into a brand new house that, unbeknownst to them, was built on an Indian burial ground. The house itself soon tries to convince the family to kill each other in an attempt to be left alone. The best moment comes when Marge pleads with the house to let them live together in peace, but the house instead decides to destroy itself rather than live with the family. As the family stares at their destroyed home, Lisa quietly states, “It chose to destroy itself rather than live with us. You can't help but feel a little rejected.”