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The Late Movies: Halloween

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It's Halloween, in case you hadn't noticed. Let's look at my favorite Halloween-ish videos!

Tim Burton - "Vincent"

From 1982, narrated by Vincent Price. An amazing tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Trick or Treat

I was always the kid who got the rock.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - "I Put a Spell on You"

Suggested by my new favorite blog View Source, this impressive shock-rock performance is campy and just a bit spooky (stick around for the teeth at the end). For a slightly jokier version of this tune, with a full band, check out this performance.

The Nightmare Before Christmas - "This is Halloween"

Okay, one more Tim Burton bit -- this is stop motion at its most divine. Also interesting is this guy's home light show synchronized to the song.

Tom Waits - "I Don't Wanna Grow Up"

Let's dress up like the devil and make a video, eh? (Thanks again to View Source for reminding me that this happened. It's beautiful.) Incidentally, if you're a guitar player, this one is really easy.

The Simpsons - The Shinning

"What he's typed will be a window into his madness." Man, I love this so much. And yes, it's intentionally spelled "shinning" -- read up on that.

The Itchy & Scratchy Collection

If you like your gore cartoonish and wacky, here's a compilation of pretty much every Itchy & Scratchy bit ever. Yup.

Michael Jackson - "Thriller"

"Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult." -Michael Jackson. When I was a kid, a neighbor had this on VHS, and we watched it exactly twice -- scaring the crap out of ourselves both times.

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Shout! Factory
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon Is Back
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Shout! Factory

For many fans, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is as beloved a Thanksgiving tradition as mashed potatoes and gravy (except funnier). It seems appropriate, given that the show celebrates the turkeys of the movie world. And that it made its debut on Thanksgiving Day in 1988 (on KTMA, a local station in Minneapolis). In 1991, to celebrate its third anniversary, Comedy Central hosted a Thanksgiving Day marathon of the series—and in the more than 25 years since, that tradition has continued.

Beginning at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, Shout! Factory will host yet another Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day marathon, hosted by series creator Joel Hodgson and stars Jonah Ray and Felicia Day. Taking place online at, or via the Shout! Factory TV app on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and select smart TVs, the trio will share six classic MST3K episodes that have never been screened as part of a Shout! Factory Turkey Day Marathon. Here’s hoping your favorite episode makes it (cough, Hobgoblins, cough.)

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Pop Culture
America's Favorite Reality Shows, By State
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From aspiring crooners to housewives looking to settle scores, there are plenty of reality shows out there for every interest. But which ones are currently the most popular? To answer this question, mined Google Trends data to measure the most-watched “real-life” programs in each state. They broke their findings down in the map below.

The results: Residents of sunny California and Arizona are still Keeping Up With the Kardashians, while Texans love Little Women: Dallas. Louisianans can’t get enough of Duck Dynasty and in Utah, viewers are tuning in to Sister Wives.

See which other shows made the cut below, and afterwards, check out’s deep data dive from 2016 to see how our viewing preferences have changed over a year.

A map breaking down each state's favorite reality show, created by the team.


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