2021 Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge Wrap-Up

I’m really emotional that another Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge is over. In another rough year, this was something I really looked forward to and even got to fly across the country to visit Scarecrow right in the middle of all of this.

Here’s an overview of what we watched. You can also check out the Letterboxd list, as well as our lists for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Day 1. RE-ANIMATED: Businesses are opening back up (we did!) and things are getting back to “normal” so to kick things off you get to watch a movie where something gets brought back to life. We’re baaaaaack!

Erotic Nights of the Living Dead

Day 2. MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED: You know it, at least one character has to wear a mask for the entire movie.

Santo vs. the Strangler

Day 3. HIGH SPIRITS: Tickle your funny bones with a side splitter, a gut buster, a real scream. Go on, laugh your head off!

Hee-Man: Master of None

Day 4. WHEN THE TABLES TURN: Victim becomes stalker, hunter becomes the hunted etc.

She Kills

Day 5. REEKING HAVOC: Sewer dwellers making a mess of things up on the surface.

Underworld

Day 6. IT CAME FROM THE SEA: Some kind of threat from below the brine.

The Fishmen and Their Queen

Day 7. IT CAME FROM THE SCREEN: One where a TV is a major part to the story.

WNUF Halloween Special 

Day 8. CRAFT NIGHT: Cast your eyes upon the screen, whence a witch’s spell is surely seen.

Bewitched

Day 9. SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL: One with a misunderstood freak/mutant/abomination etc.

Nigel the Psychopath

Ogroff

10. RITUALS: It’s good to have a routine, even if it’s evil.

Inquisition

Doctor Strain the Body Snatcher

Day 11. SKINS & NEEDLES: Body art or body harm? When getting the mark leads to all hell breaking loose.

The Illustrated Man

Day 12. CAMPFIRES & FLASHLIGHTS: One where a character tells a scary story and then… flashback.

Scary Tales

Campfire Tales

Day 13. THE RUBY ANNIVERSARY: Watch something that came out in 1981. The redder the better, right Ben?

Beyond Evil

Alison’s Birthday

Day 14. SPOILED ALERT!: Watch something with grotesque eating in it. Or at least some expired food. Yuck.

Graveyard Disturbance

Day 15. KILLED BY TECHNOLOGY: The gadgets will getcha (<-autocorrect that one, phone).

Remote Control

Day 16. VIDEO STORE DAY: 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 it at least. #vivaphysicalmedia

Remote Control

Day 17. HEADS OFF AT THE PASS: Something with a decapitation in it.

Empire of the Dark

Day 18. ALL THUMBS: Picking up a hitchhiker can be risky… lift with your legs, not your back.

The Hitchhikers

Day 19. CAN’T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKIN’?: When you let an unexpected guest in, you may be in for a long night.

The Night God Screamed

Zora the Vampire

Day 20. CASTLEMANIA: Something that takes place in, where else, a castle.

Nightmare Castle

Day 21. BARN HOWLS: There are strange things afoot at the farm. Bonus points if you see a pumpkin patch!

Razorback

Day 22. BEASTS OF BURDEN: One where a horse/donkey/mule/ox etc is doing some serious work.

Circle of Fear “Dark Vengeance”

Night Creature

Day 23. DEPT. OF INDUSTRY & LABOR: A story based on doing a job. Speaking of jobs, yours ain’t finished yet, 8 days to go!

Darkest Soul

The Mummy Theme Park

Day 24. 2 CLOSE 4 COMFORT: A main character suffers from claustrophobia.

Die, Sister, Die

Rope

Day 25. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE*: Sleep deprived and still alive… for now. (*Does not have to be set in Seattle)

General Massacre

Dark Mansions

Day 26. DAY OF THE SERPENT: There better be a motherf*ing snake in this motherf*ing movie.

Fangs

Day 27. ARTIFICIAL LIMBS: Robot arms, wooden legs or even a transplanted thing… whatever grabs you.

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight

Day 28. THESE FISTS BREAK BRICKS: In celebration of the excellent new book, watch a martial arts movie.

Super Ninja

Day 29. DOUBLE TROUBLE: There’s gotta be some twins in there somewhere.

Sisters

Day 30. MARTINI SHOT: Blow off some Challenge steam with a hardy party scene.

The Loved Ones

Day 31. THAT’S A RAP: Watch one with a rapper-turned-actor in it, even if Samuel L. Jackson does not approve.

Tougher than Leather

Now, I ask that you look into getting involved with Scarecrow Video.

As a nonprofit organization, they put your support to good use: expanding the film collection, hosting exciting in-store events, offering community programs, and celebrating film arts 363 days a year. For more information and to donate, visit their site.

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