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Good Morning, Oscar: Halloween (non-Oscar) Edition

A detour from awards news to look at a few scary movies and one certified maniac.

In this morning’s roundup of Oscar news ‘n’ notes from around the web, I temporarily ignore Oscar news ‘n’ notes from around the web.

Because, after all, it’s Halloween.

“It’s time for scares, it’s time for screams,” as the Shaggs once theorized in song.

Scares and screams don’t usually do too well at the Oscars, “The Silence of the Lambs” notwithstanding. Even Martin Scorsese’s list of his 11 favorite scary movies, which he offered to the Daily Beast earlier this week, does not contain anything that found much favor with the Academy. (Although the Number One picture on his list, “The Haunting,” was directed by an AMPAS president-to-be, Robert Wise.)

I’m not going to come up with that many, or rank the best of all time, or anything like that. I’m just going to share trailers to three of my favorites from those long-ago days when I was obsessed with watching scary movies on Saturday afternoons.








And this last one has nothing to do with the movies – but every Halloween needs a shot of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.