The 2020 Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge


31 days. October. 2020.

“There is still cellular activity in these burned remains. They’re not dead yet!”



Denoting or relating to a genre of films that typically have a science fiction, horror, or fantasy theme and were made on a low budget.

-Oxford English Dictionary

We staff don’t necessarily subscribe to the low budget part of that definition since movies like Underwater and Event Horizon are not exactly low budget affairs but are well within the above mentioned sub-genres. That being said, we do like an underdog more often than not and when you’re challenging the mean you might as well have a lot of fun pushing yourself to new lows.

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) (instagram)

Now for the watch list:

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

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

[  ]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.

[  ]4. HUNKERED DOWN: One with recluses, shut-ins or people locked inside their homes.

[  ]5. GOING POSTAL: Something involving the postal service or shipping or getting a delivery. #savetheusps

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

[  ]7. THEY’RE OUT TO GET YOU: One with heavy paranoia (real or imagined).

[  ]8. EQUAL SLICE: One where women get top billing.

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

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

[  ]11. ¿QUÉ ES UN “MURO FRONTERIZO”?: Watch anything from Mexico, Central or South America.

[  ]12. THE FIRST WAVE: One made by an indigenous filmmaker or indigenous cast members.

[  ]13. OPEN SOAR: This one should focus on flying or aviation somehow.

[  ]14. THE MONSTER MILE: One about cars or racing.

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

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

[  ]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 it at least. #vivaphysicalmedia

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

[  ]19. BEYOND THE DARKNESS: Watch one with a love story in it. There is more than one way to get mushy!

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

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

[  ]22. MURKIN’: Something underwater or ocean related. “It sure is dark down there, what was that?”


[  ]24. AT THE GIG: Something with live band scenes. 

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

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

[  ]27. ALKEBULAN: Watch something from the second largest continent.

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

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

[  ]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.

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