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.
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!
Day 2. MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED: You know it, at least one character has to wear a mask for the entire movie.
Day 3. HIGH SPIRITS: Tickle your funny bones with a side splitter, a gut buster, a real scream. Go on, laugh your head off!
Day 4. WHEN THE TABLES TURN: Victim becomes stalker, hunter becomes the hunted etc.
Day 5. REEKING HAVOC: Sewer dwellers making a mess of things up on the surface.
Day 6. IT CAME FROM THE SEA: Some kind of threat from below the brine.
Day 7. IT CAME FROM THE SCREEN: One where a TV is a major part to the story.
Day 8. CRAFT NIGHT: Cast your eyes upon the screen, whence a witch’s spell is surely seen.
Day 9. SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL: One with a misunderstood freak/mutant/abomination etc.
10. RITUALS: It’s good to have a routine, even if it’s evil.
Day 11. SKINS & NEEDLES: Body art or body harm? When getting the mark leads to all hell breaking loose.
Day 12. CAMPFIRES & FLASHLIGHTS: One where a character tells a scary story and then… flashback.
Day 13. THE RUBY ANNIVERSARY: Watch something that came out in 1981. The redder the better, right Ben?
Day 14. SPOILED ALERT!: Watch something with grotesque eating in it. Or at least some expired food. Yuck.
Day 15. KILLED BY TECHNOLOGY: The gadgets will getcha (<-autocorrect that one, phone).
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
Day 17. HEADS OFF AT THE PASS: Something with a decapitation in it.
Day 18. ALL THUMBS: Picking up a hitchhiker can be risky… lift with your legs, not your back.
Day 19. CAN’T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKIN’?: When you let an unexpected guest in, you may be in for a long night.
Day 20. CASTLEMANIA: Something that takes place in, where else, a castle.
Day 21. BARN HOWLS: There are strange things afoot at the farm. Bonus points if you see a pumpkin patch!
Day 22. BEASTS OF BURDEN: One where a horse/donkey/mule/ox etc is doing some serious work.
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!
Day 24. 2 CLOSE 4 COMFORT: A main character suffers from claustrophobia.
Day 25. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE*: Sleep deprived and still alive… for now. (*Does not have to be set in Seattle)
Day 26. DAY OF THE SERPENT: There better be a motherf*ing snake in this motherf*ing movie.
Day 27. ARTIFICIAL LIMBS: Robot arms, wooden legs or even a transplanted thing… whatever grabs you.
Day 28. THESE FISTS BREAK BRICKS: In celebration of the excellent new book, watch a martial arts movie.
Day 29. DOUBLE TROUBLE: There’s gotta be some twins in there somewhere.
Day 30. MARTINI SHOT: Blow off some Challenge steam with a hardy party scene.
Day 31. THAT’S A RAP: Watch one with a rapper-turned-actor in it, even if Samuel L. Jackson does not approve.
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