It was Thanksgiving Eve, but every day is Halloween on costumed competition The Masked Singer. And the show was definitely still in the Halloween spirit Wednesday, with its (presumably delayed due to the World Series) Fright Night episode — which climaxed with two so-talented-it’s-scary horror icons being unmasked by the witching hour. But this very rocky horror picture show had a twist ending, when one of the contestants, the Scarecrow — who turned out to be one of horror cinema’s ultimate icons — practiced a self-exorcism by unmasking herself.
Only one other celebrity in Masked Singer history had ever done this before (although forgetful host Nick Cannon, who clearly has a lot on his mind these days, claimed this was a series first): when Season 4’s Mickey “The Gremlin” Rourke violently yanked off his headpiece and suddenly quit. This week, the Scarecrow volunteered to remove her own pumpkin-head and forfeit the competition — although she went about it less frighteningly than Mickey had, and she actually had a much better chance than Mickey’d had of moving on to the next round. In fact, judge Ken Jeong had just declared her raspy rendition of Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra” the most magical performance of the night.
“Wait, wait, wait, wait!” the Scarecrow interjected, just as Nick was about to announce the episode’s first elimination. “I have something to say! I love this show so much. I came to share how much I love you and what you all have done for the world and family entertainment. But I would like to officially bow out and unmask, and let these two incredible competitors go on,” she continued, gesturing generously to her rivals, the Snowstorm and Sir Bug-a-Boo. “These competitors are the real deal. … I have a really special reason for being here and I want them to enjoy the stage and all the accolades they so deserve.”
The shocked judges’ mouths gaped open so wide, they looked like living, breathing rubber Scream masks. But before this great pumpkin’s self-smashing, the judges had one last chance to figure out her identity. They focused on her scary-movie clues, and one specific witch clue, and guessed this might be Hocus Pocus’s Bette Midler, The Witches of Eastwick’s Susan Sarandon, The Witches’ Angelica Huston, Fatal Attraction’s Glenn Close, Halloween’s Jamie Lee Curtis, or Scream’s Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, or Parker Posey.
But if only they’d zeroed in on the Scarecrow’s clues package’s rainbow roller skate, that would have led them to right 1979’s cinematic classic Roller Boogie and to Golden Globe-winning actress Linda Blair. (Linda won that Globe for The Exorcist, not for Roller Boogie, just to be clear.) The “heads turn” clue was another obvious one the judges somehow overlooked.
The judges were so stunned when Linda unscrewed her head, they looked like their own heads were about to spin and spew pea soup. “There’s a legend in the building!” exclaimed Nick. “My mind is blown! I’ve never been so shocked on this series than I am right…