Psychotronic is a
filmgenre made up of horror films, spaghetti westerns, low-budget independent features, exploitation films that was coined by author Michael J. Weldon, best known for his books, "Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film" and "Psychotronic Video Guide".
Weldon also published the
magazine" Psychotronic Video", with 41 issues starting in 1989. He has since ended publication due to financial restrictions.
The genre takes its name from the movie
The Psychotronic Man. After seeing this movie, Michael J. Weldon created an extensive list of reviews of obscure quirky films that he felt were underappreciated by the mainstream and then marketed it as the "Psychotronic Encyclopedia". The existence of the "Psychotronic Encyclopedia" prompted the creation of the Psychotronic Film Society at which point the term “psychotronic” fell into generic use for this type of movie.
[http://www.psychotronicvideo.com/ Michael J. Weldon Psychotronic Web]
[http://www.psychotronic.info/ Psychotronic Film Society]
[http://www.wpfs.org/ Washington Psychotronic Film Society]
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