Psychotronic Video Archive

Michael J. Weldons Psychotronic Video war ein Zine über Genrefilme und bestand vor allem aus hunderten, anfangs noch handgeschriebenen Mini-Reviews über alles, was nicht dem klassischen Drama entsprach, Bemerkungen zu obskursten Z-Filmen wie Demonwarp oder Caged Terror stehen neben Elvis-Filmen, Action-Blockbustern wie Indiana Jones oder Emanuelle-Softpornos. Die 1995er Buch-Version The Psychotronic Video Guide steht hier im Regal und ich nutze das Buch tatsächlich ab und zu, um mir einen mir unbekannten, random Trash-Film rauszupicken.

Ein sehr netter Mensch hat jetzt viele der ganz frühen Mags bei Archive.org hochgeladen, ein paar der Psychotronic Video-Ausgaben findet man für teuer Geld auf Ebay. (via John Coulthart)

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 coined the term after being inspired by The Psychotronic Man (1980), a low budget science fiction obscurity.

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.