2020 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge recap

It’s both a happy and somewhat sad feeling to have completed the third Scarecrow Challenge. It’s always intimidating to start the month, but by the end, we’ve discovered some movies we would’ve never seen otherwise and maybe even found a few new favorites. We hope you’ve done the same.

You can check out our Letterboxd lists for 2018, 2019 and 2020 are all posted — and you should totally support Scarecrow Video, the largest independently owned video store in the United Staes. Watch our visit to the store right here!

DAY 1. FAMILY TIME: Tired of seeing the same faces every day? Look at a movie instead! Rated PG or less. Ease in to it!

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

DAY 2. SLUMBER PARTY: Watch one with a sleepover in it.

The Last Slumber Party

DAY 3. STOCKED UP: When you’re in it for the long haul, you’re gonna need supplies. Watch something with a supply run in it.

Dawn of the Dead

DAY 4: HUNKERED DOWN: One with recluses, shut-in or people locked inside their home.

Evil in the Woods

#Alive

DAY 5. GOING POSTAL: Something involving the postal service or shipping or getting a delivery. #savetheups

Postal

DAY 6: POLL PLOT: One that involves elections and/or voting. *government not required.

The Park Is Mine

The Campaign

DAY 7. THEY’RE OUT TO GET YOU: One with heavy paranoid (real or imagined). 

Black Circle Boys

Scarab

DAY 8. EQUAL SLICE: One where women get top billing.

Antebellum

DAY 9. OG NETWORK: See something made after 2010 with no visible cell phones. No texting while watching this one!

Big Money Rustlas

DAY 10. PLASTIQUE VIVANT: Mannequins are creepy enough standing still but what happens when they come to life?

The Devil’s Passenger

Window Dressing

Mannequin Two: Mannequin on the Move

DAY 11: ¿QUE ES UN MURO FRONTERIZO?: Watch anything from Mexico, Central or South America.

El Macho Bionico

DAY 12. THE FIRST WAVE: One by an indigenous filmmaker or indigenous cast members. 

These Walls

DAY 13. OPEN SOAR: This should focus on flying or aviation somehow.

Exorcism at 60,000 Feet

The Concorde Affaire

DAY 14. THE MONSTER MILE: One about cars or racing.

Safari 3000

Car Crash

DAY 15. HELL ON FOUR WHEELS: Must involve characters in wheelchairs.

Wired to Kill

Mr. No Legs

DAY 16. MASKS ARE REQUIRED: You guessed it, at least one character has to wear a mask for the entire movie.

Frank

DAY 17. VIDEO STORE DAY: (10th anniversary!!) This is the big one. Watch something physically rented or bought from an actual video store. If you don’t have access to one of these sacred archival treasures then watch a movie with a video store scene in at least. #vivaphysicalmedia

Scare Package

DAY 18. RESURRECTIONISTS: Watch something that came out on one of the many reissue labels that we love like Arrow, Criterion, Bleeding Skull, Scream Factory, Indicator, Vinegar Syndrome, AGFA etc.

Witchhammer

Date with a Kidnapper/Kidnapped Coed

Island of Blood

Warning from Space

Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things

Deadline

DAY 19. BEYOND THE DARKNESS: Watch one with a love story in it. There’s more than one way to get mushy!

Deadbeat at Dawn

The Honeymoon Killers

DAY. 20: HINDSIGHT IS 20/20: This one’s gotta have flashbacks in it (since looking ahead doesn’t seem to be working amirite?).

Don’t Look Now

DAY 21: MURDER SHE ROACH: One about pesky varmints, pests or creepy crawlies.

Empire of the Ants

DAY 22. MURKIN: Something underwater or ocean related. It sure is dark down there, what was that?

Jaws 3D

DAY 23. A REST IN THE PIECE IS ANOTHER WAT OF SAYING DRAMATIC PAUSE: Morricone soundtracks only.

The Antichrist

DAY 24: AT THE GIG: Something with live scenes.

Devil Girl

The Alien Factor

DAY 25. HEY BABY, CAN YOU DANCE TO IT?: This one has to have one substantial dancing scene in it.

The Rosebud Beach Hotel

Playing for Keeps

Etoile

DAY 26. DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS: What to get? Watch one set, clap clap clap clap, deep in the heart of Texas.

Nail Gun Massacre

DAY 27. ALKEBULAN: Watch something from the second largest continent.

666: Beware the End is At Hand

DAY 28. OREGON TRAIL: A road tripper where people get picked off one by one. Kind of like this challenge, eh?

The Hitcher

DAY 29. ONE NIGHT IN APE CANYON: Watch a Bigfoot story.

Shriek of the Mutilated

DAY 30. BRING IT ON HOME: Something filmed in Seattle.

River’s Edge

Scorchy

Shredder Orpheus

Dark Dungeons

31. I REMEMBER HALLOWEEN: Something from the Halloween franchise or anything with trick or treating in it. You did it! Another successful challenge achieved. Now you can stuff yourself with candy and listen to The Misfits.

Happy Halloween A Michael Meyers Fan Film

Halloween Revenge of the Sandman

Halloween

We can’t wait to do this all again next year!

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