Don’t Be Scared of Scarecrow Video

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It’s true. It can be a bit intimidating to rent videos at Scarecrow Video, whatwith their two stories of rare and imported DVDs on top of all the usual fare. More intimidating still is the staff that actually has to take a test as part of their employment application. Perhaps it is passing this trial that gives some of the staff a bit of an ego.
I will always remember my experience when attempting to rent the Monkees movie…

As a general rule, I dislike asking staff in shops for help, so I first looked for it myself in the music section next to the Monkees TV show. It was not there. I slunk downstairs and located an employee. I knew what the movie was called, but I felt weird asking if they had “Head”, so I opted for what I deemed to be a less risqué, more informational method of inquiry.

“Do you have the Monkees movie?”

The man behind the counter scoffed (yes, scoffed). “You mean “Head”?”


Without hesitation or the aid of the store’s database, he responded “That would be in the Bob Rafelson section.”

We blinked at each other for a couple of seconds and then I headed to the directors’ section.

Now, I am a bit of a movie geek myself so I was familiar with Rafelson, who also directed “Five Easy Pieces” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice”. But forgive me if I didn’t think the man warranted his own section in a video store. This particular employee did not forgive me.

This experience is certainly not typical at Scarecrow. Most of the employees are helpful and enthusiastic. But there are enough encounters like this to give myself and others I’ve spoken to pause when they want to rent a silly Hollywood movie like, say, “Hot Rod”. If you don’t have a specific film in mind, however, or you have a very specific RARE movie in mind, the folks at Scarecrow (mostly) can and will be more than happy to help you out.

Check out their blog for recommendations, news about new releases and sale announcements.

5030 Roosevelt Way NE 98105
(206) 524-8554

Do you have a Scarecrow horror/help story? Tell it in the comments!


  1. I have worked at Scarecrow for many, many years. There really was never a test you had to take. It was more of a general knowledge thing, like…name a film noir, name a sci-fi film made before 1970, etc. It was just a way to let them know where your knowledge of films were. There was never questions like, ‘What actor won an Oscar for playing the same role in two different films?’ And now, its just a straight up interview.

    Also, I like Hot Rod.

    Cool Beans.

  2. A friend of mine who is a career video store, applied for a job there and complained about the rigorous knowledge test. I suppose everyone is prone to exaggeration now and again. Apologies for providing mis-information.

    I liked Hot Rod too (the Footloose scene made the movie), but you have to admit it looked like a potentially embarrassing rental.

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