It’s time for Scarecrow’s annual Psychotronic Challenge, Ghoulies! – Slog

It’s the scary season, baby. Dellamorte Dellamore

Unstreamable is a column that finds movies and TV shows you can’t watch on major streaming services in the United States. *

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In honor of Scarecrow Video’s annual Psychotronic Challenge, which takes place every October, we’re picking unplayable movies that tick boxes on the challenge watchlist this month.

If you are unfamiliar with the word “psychotronic,” Scarecrow uses the Oxford English Dictionary definition: “Denoting or relating to a genre of films which generally have a sci-fi, horror or drama theme. fancy and were made on a low budget. ”

A note from the Scarecrow staff on the challenge:

We, the staff, do not necessarily subscribe to the low budget portion of this definition, as films like A Quiet Place, Part II and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are not exactly low budget business but are well in the subgenres mentioned above. That being said, we love an underdog more often than not and when you challenge the average you might as well have fun pushing yourself to new lows.

The basic guidelines are:
📼Watch at least 1 movie a day during the month of October in any order that suits you.
Must fall under the psychotronic definition.
Have fun and get weird.
If you see something, say something! Post your watches on social media and make sure you tag them with #SCVpsychochallenge. @ scarecrowvideo (twitter and facebook) @ scarecrow.video.official (instagram)

Here is a link to the Challenge Watchlist. Let’s go.

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THE SECT
Italy, 1991, 125 min, Dir. Michele Soavi

Just a few totally non-threatening tree charms.

Just a few totally non-threatening tree charms. The sect

Travel through Scarecrow’s Psychotronic Challenge in any order you want, but if you’re looking for a linear path through these shady woods, today’s challenge, October 1, is: “REANIMATED: companies reopen their doors (we did it!)

My choice for this invite is that of Argento-buddy Michele Soavi Dellamorte Dellamore (The cemetery man), which presents Rupert Everett as a graveyard keeper with a slight problem: the dead keep coming back to life. They die for good pretty quickly (Everett’s character just needs to cut his head in half), but it’s still a pain in the ass. The film turns; it’s a zombie film about existential surrealism. You just have to roll with it and be happy to still have your head at the end.

I have already written on Dellamorte Dellamore for this column, so today we’re going to start with another Soavi fever dream: The sect. It fulfills some of the prompts, including: “REEKING HAVOC: Sewer dwellers are wreaking havoc on the surface. ” + “RITUALS: It’s good to have a routine, even if it’s bad.”

It’s a totally crazy movie that travels from SoCal to Frankfurt, following an evil cult of Charles Mansonesque as they try to suck an elementary school teacher into the **** **** sub his *****. It’s rare to find such a stylish, funny, and scary movie. I have a feeling Lady Gaga would like this. CONTINUATION OF BURNS

Available for rent from Scarecrow Video.

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TERROR
United Kingdom, 1978, 84 min, Dir. Normand Warren
Will they break the intergenerational curse?  Or be a victim?

Will they break the intergenerational curse? Or be a victim? Courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome

The plot of Norman J. Warren Terror is relatively simple: James Garrick (John Nolan) and his cousin Ann (Carolyn Courage) come from a long line of evil individuals. Hundreds of years ago, their ancestors burned a witch at a stake, and in return, she condemned their descendants to grueling deaths. James decided to make a movie about the intergenerational curse that only left him and his cousin standing. So, duh, a supernatural entity decides to go after James and Ann’s narrow circle of beautiful actor friends before going for the main course.

This British horror film fits perfectly into two prompts from this year’s Psychotronic Challenge, # 8) Craft Night and # 17) Heads Off at the Pass. A Witch’s Curse propels the film (for Craft Night), which features a beheading barely five minutes after its first act (for Heads Off at the Pass). Terror is also inspired by Italian giallos, with Dario Argento Suspiria clearly a main inspiration. The characters meet their untimely demise under light kaleidoscopic freezes, bright red blood escaping their bodies. It’s a bloody and weirdly sexy hidden gem. JASMYNE KEIMIG

Available for rent from Scarecrow Video.

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REPLIGATOR
United States, 1998, 86 min, Dir. Bret mccormick

Sometimes a blanket just talks to you.

Sometimes a blanket just talks to you. CB

This DVD cover called me like a siren, and I was hoping it would satisfy this psychotronic prompt: “HIGH SPIRITS: Tickle your funny bones with a side divider, gut breaker.” Half-ladies, half-gators? I was born in Florida, so I felt obligated.

Obviously, this is terrible. Repligator comes from producer and director Bret McCormick, a man who shlocked on a low budget throughout the ’90s. He started his shit decade with One man’s war, which stars Dan Haggerty as what looks like a rural redneck terrorist who embarks on shootouts with the government, and ended it with Repligator, about an army experiment that turns male soldiers into horny ladies, then alligators. In an interview, McCormick said he was trying to make five films in one year when he made Repligator, using “schlockmeister” Larry Buchanan and Roger Corman as inspirations. What started out as a three-day shoot ended with a six-day shoot, but the extra three days don’t seem to have helped much.

I expected a bunch of characters to run around in alligator heads and bikinis, which happens, but only for about five minutes. The rest of the stages are like community theater. If you watch it, maybe play it muted and in the background of a dive bar. CONTINUATION OF BURNS

Available for rent from Scarecrow Video.

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It's a big fish!

It’s a big fish! Courtesy of Code Red DVD

I stick to the Florida theme: I dreamed of the Sunshine State, especially its surroundings, not its horrible politics or its danger. White sand, clear waters, endless skies, wet swamps – a welcome respite from our pasty PNW. This is why the setting of Devil Fish a.k.a Monster shark, which takes place off the south coast of Florida, prompted me to hire it. Unfortunately, this evidence Jaws the scam is dull, mostly because there isn’t even a good look at the titular monster !!!

The plot is loose, but there you go: two keen scientists, Peter and Stella, try to find out what sea beast a fisherman and swimmers nibbles for lunch. The people arrive without limbs, torn to pieces in the sea. To make matters worse, another group of antagonistic scientists attempt to intervene in Peter and Stella’s quest, thwarting them with every turn. Not to spoil anything, but the army is absoutely involved, and they may or may not have spliced ​​DNA from the prehistoric armored jaw with DNA from the octopus. There is also a bit of sex. Devil Fish hit hard # 5) It Came From the Sea off your list. JASMYNE KEIMIG

Available for rent from Scarecrow Video.


* Unstreamable means we haven’t found it on Netflix, Hulu, Shudder, Disney +, or any of the 300+ other streaming services available in the US. We also couldn’t find it available for rent or purchase through platforms like Prime Video or iTunes. Yes, we know that you can find a lot of things online illegally, but we do not consider user-generated videos like unauthorized YouTube downloads to be streamable.

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