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.
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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!
DAY 2. SLUMBER PARTY: Watch one with a sleepover in it.
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.
DAY 4: HUNKERED DOWN: One with recluses, shut-in or people locked inside their home.
DAY 5. GOING POSTAL: Something involving the postal service or shipping or getting a delivery. #savetheups
DAY 6: POLL PLOT: One that involves elections and/or voting. *government not required.
DAY 7. THEY’RE OUT TO GET YOU: One with heavy paranoid (real or imagined).
DAY 8. EQUAL SLICE: One where women get top billing.
DAY 9. OG NETWORK: See something made after 2010 with no visible cell phones. No texting while watching this one!
DAY 10. PLASTIQUE VIVANT: Mannequins are creepy enough standing still but what happens when they come to life?
DAY 11: ¿QUE ES UN MURO FRONTERIZO?: Watch anything from Mexico, Central or South America.
DAY 12. THE FIRST WAVE: One by an indigenous filmmaker or indigenous cast members.
DAY 13. OPEN SOAR: This should focus on flying or aviation somehow.
DAY 14. THE MONSTER MILE: One about cars or racing.
DAY 15. HELL ON FOUR WHEELS: Must involve characters in wheelchairs.
DAY 16. MASKS ARE REQUIRED: You guessed it, at least one character has to wear a mask for the entire movie.
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
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.
DAY 19. BEYOND THE DARKNESS: Watch one with a love story in it. There’s more than one way to get mushy!
DAY. 20: HINDSIGHT IS 20/20: This one’s gotta have flashbacks in it (since looking ahead doesn’t seem to be working amirite?).
DAY 21: MURDER SHE ROACH: One about pesky varmints, pests or creepy crawlies.
DAY 22. MURKIN: Something underwater or ocean related. It sure is dark down there, what was that?
DAY 23. A REST IN THE PIECE IS ANOTHER WAT OF SAYING DRAMATIC PAUSE: Morricone soundtracks only.
DAY 24: AT THE GIG: Something with live scenes.
DAY 25. HEY BABY, CAN YOU DANCE TO IT?: This one has to have one substantial dancing scene in it.
DAY 26. DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS: What to get? Watch one set, clap clap clap clap, deep in the heart of Texas.
DAY 27. ALKEBULAN: Watch something from the second largest continent.
DAY 28. OREGON TRAIL: A road tripper where people get picked off one by one. Kind of like this challenge, eh?
DAY 29. ONE NIGHT IN APE CANYON: Watch a Bigfoot story.
DAY 30. BRING IT ON HOME: Something filmed in Seattle.
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.
We can’t wait to do this all again next year!