The 2022 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge is Here!

Scarecrow Video isn’t just a video store. It’s a landmark for all we love about movies.

Each year, they do a month-long challenge to get people to stretch out and watch some movies they’ve never seen before.

You can also check out the Letterboxd list for 2021 as well as our lists for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The basic guidelines are:

• Watch at least 1 movie per day during the month of October in whatever order suits you.

• Must fall within the psychotronic definition.

• Have fun and get weird.

• If you see something, say something! Post your watches on social media and make sure to tag them with #SCVpsychochallenge. @scarecrowvideo (twitter and facebook) @scarecrow.video.official (instagram)

• Want to be part of B&S About Movies’ Scarecrow entries? Just reply or email me at bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com

Here are the challenges!

1. START SMALL: It may seem cute at first, but these little ones are always a challenge. Watch one with an evil offspring in it.

2. TROUBLE IN THE TUB: Bath time ain’t always relaxing.

3. DEAD IN THE SUBURBS: Neither is living in the ‘burbs.

4. MASKED MANDATE: We’re still wearing them and so shall tonight’s antagonist.

5. CAKE IN FRIGHT: To celebrate the birth of Donald Pleasence, light a candle, eat a slice and watch one of his many.

6. BEE AFRAID, BEE VERY AFRAID: Buzz through a bee picture, there’s a whole swarm to choose from.

7. THE 7TH OFFERING: Watch the 7th film in a franchise in honor of the 7th year of the challenge.

8. THE MONSTER MASH: Multiple monsters in one movie? That’s a graveyard smash!

9. FULL MOON FEVER: Since the “heavenly body” is out tonight, a lycanthrope story seems just right.

10. THE FIRST WAVE: One made by an indigenous filmmaker or has indigenous cast members.

11. GOLDEN OLDIES: Post-war/50’s movies, from the schlock to the awes.

12. IT’S A REAL FREAK SCENE, JACK: A groovy 60’s grinder.

13. MAD(E) FOR TV: Any 70’s feature length that was made specifically for television.

14. THE RUBY ANNI-VHS-ARY: Watch something that came out in 1982. #onlyonVHS!

15. 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

16. MAKING THE 3RD WALL: One where they’re filming a movie within the movie you’re watching.

17. THE VIDEO NASTY: Watch one of the 72 banned in the UK. And we thought the PMRC was tough…

18. SO MUCH DEATH: The R.I.P. section has been very active this year so today watch a movie with a high body count.

19. DRIPS: Blood, sweat, goop, tears, slime, or questionable muck is a must here.

20. TRIPS: Vacations don’t always go how you planned them. Can you get away from the getaway?

21. TRAPS: To lay or be laid, that is the question.

22. FURGET ABOUT PATTERSON & GIMLIN: Watch a non-American sasquatch movie.

23. PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY: In Psychotronic Challenge, the land haunts YOU! Hopefully that joke, ahem, landed okay. Folk it.

24. HOLEY SHEET!: Ddddid I just ssssee a ghost?

25. CRAIG’S TWIST: When that iffy roommate situation goes sour in a dangerous way.

26. GAMESHOWS: Roll the bones, try your luck, gamble with your life!

27. THE NATURAL ENTERTAINER: Watch one with a pro-wrestler turned actor. Put some raw fun in your movie mania.

28. SPACE ODDITIES: Aliens that imitate humans or take over a human body.

29. EXERCISE OR EXORCISE?: You’ll work it out…

30. DEVILS NIGHT: Watch one with mischief, mayhem or pranks in it but please keep the fires to a minimum.

31. RETIREMENT PARTY: Watch any movie with a character named Kevin in it. Bonus points if it has a badass movie dog.

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