Psychotronic Video

Psychotronic Video

title = Psychotronic Video

| image_size = 200px | image_caption =Cover of Issue #1
editor = Michael J. Weldon
frequency = Quarterly
category = Film
company =
firstdate = 1989
country = United States
language = English
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"Psychotronic Video" was a film magazine originally started by publisher/editor Michael J. Weldon in 1980 in New York City as a hand-written and photocopied weekly fanzine entitled "Psychotronic TV". It was then relaunched by Weldon under its more commonly known name as an offset quarterly in 1989. Both versions of the magazine covered what Weldon dubbed "Psychotronic Movies", which he defined as "the ones traditionally ignored or ridiculed by mainstream critics at the time of their release: horror, exploitation, action, science fiction, and movies that used to play in drive-ins or inner city grindhouses." Weldon, Michael J. "Psychotronic Video" Magazine, issue #1 (1989), pg. 2. Editorial entitled "Welcome to the First Issue of Psychotronic Video!"] Weldon coined the term after being inspired by "The Psychotronic Man" (1975), a low budget science fiction obscurity. [cite web|url= |title="The Psychotronic Man"|accessdate=2007-11-07|first=|last=|publisher=Psychotronic Man website]

Most of the magazine's hundreds of reviews were written by Weldon himself. In each issue, other contributors provided career histories/interviews with cult directors and actors such as Radley Metzger, Larry Cohen, Jack Hill, William Rotsler, David Carradine, Sid Haig, Karen Black, and Timothy Carey. Regular features included "Record Reviews" by Art Black, "Spare Parts" (fanzines and comics) by Dale Ashmun, and "Never To Be Forgotten", an extensive obituary column by Weldon that covered the deaths of writers, directors, television and film actors, rock stars, comic book artists, lawyers, and anybody else Weldon felt was related to the overall Psychotronic-universe.

In December of 2006, Weldon announced that he was ceasing publication of "Psychotronic Video" after 18 years and 41 issues. [ [ "Sad News: "Psychotronic Video" Magazine Gives Up the Ghost"] , column by Maitland McDonagh, "", July 17, 2006. Retrieved 11/07/2007.] Citing increasingly expensive printing costs and dubious business practices from distributors as his main source of concern, he noted that "It was a struggle to self-publish in the 80s and 90s but now it’s nearly impossible." [ [ Announcement from Michael Weldon] , "". Retrieved 11/07/2007.]

Psychotronic books

Prior to the appearance of the second version of the magazine, Ballantine Books published "The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film" (1983), a 813-page compilation of mini-reviews of over 3,000 cult films. The book was written by Weldon with editorial assistance from Charles Beesley, "Fangoria"'s Bob Martin, and Akira Fitton. The Foreword by Christopher Cerf credited the success of the original fanzine as direct inspiration for the publication of the book. In 1996, a sequel was published by St. Martin's Press, "The Psychotronic Video Guide", credited solely to Weldon.


External links

* [ Michael Weldon's Psychotronic Web]

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