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The Psychotronic Video Guide To Film

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How to know a Psychotronic Movie:

These films can commonly be identified by their use of exploitation elements and their interest in humanity's lower common demoninators.

They occur throughout the world, but are particuarly common at midnight movie festivals and in video stores' cult sections, they are especially frequent at that beloved and dying institution, the drive-in.

Paperback, 672 pages
Published August 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Mar 28, 2012 Phyllis rated it really liked it
Shelves: le-cinema
The only thing I hate about this book is reviews that have a lot of leering comments about women that are sexist and totally dehumanizing at the same time. SHOCKING. It's probably naive to expect a book that reviews almost every direct to video erotic thriller of the 1990s PLUS the works of Fred Olen Ray PLUS the entire original catalog of Something Weird Video to have any kind of feminist consciousness, but I really hate it when Michael Weldon distills a trash epic into "not that great, but the ...more
Sep 12, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Psychotronics fans, film buffs, film historians
Recommended to Michael by: Mike Weldon
This is the companion volume to The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film. Written about 15 year later, it reflects changes in the media expectations of the audience ("film" is now "video" in the title) and also the maturity and erudition of its author. Where Weldon was limited in 1982, like the rest of us, to late-night TV and the blossoming Cable market, for his weird-film fixes, by 1997, almost everything was out on video or laserdisk. This expanded his knowledge of the early adult market (althou ...more
Ryan Sugarpants
Sep 15, 2007 Ryan Sugarpants rated it it was amazing
A cult film fan's bible. It is/was the go-to source for esoteric movie watching.
Jul 03, 2008 Larry rated it really liked it
Essential reading
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Jan 01, 2017 Daddy Bookworm rated it it was amazing
Like any good sequel, it is not as good as the original PSYCHOTRONIC title (which has the benefit of being a life-changing title for me), but this one is still essential reading.
Mar 12, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
This one picks up where the original "Psychotronic Encyclopedia" left off (the first covered the drive-in era up to '82,'83)and covers the vhs era,which was my youth,and I found myself astonished by how many of them I'd already seen (and a bit embarrassed to be reminded of some. My favorite reviews are often the ones where Weldon is describing a movie so outlandish,outrageous or ridiculous that halfway through you think "This CAN'T be a real movie...he's making it up as he goes along." He actual ...more
May 30, 2007 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film, gift, favorites
This is the best film guide I have ever read. Thorough doesn't even begin to describe it. Weldon takes these movies seriously, and never even really makes much fun of the worst of the lot. Closer in spirit to Halliwell than Joe Bob, which is a rarity when it comes to cult film reviews. If you have even a passing interest in horror, sci-fi, or under-the-radar movies in general, this book is an absolute necessity. I take a look at it almost every day.
Jan 29, 2011 Lurple rated it it was amazing
If you're into cult, weird or so-called "psyhcotronic" films, there is no finer guide in existence at this time. The books seem to be out of print, but dig around and find yourself a copy. You're likely to find a trove of films you've never heard of that are begging to be watched. Weldon is probably the top writer on the subject, and the books aren't up to date, but they're still invaluable for film buffs.
John Fisher
Aug 10, 2016 John Fisher rated it it was amazing
About 11 years ago, I decided to give this a cover-to-cover read after owning it nearly a decade. I'm glad I did. It remains the single most educational book about motion pictures I've ever read. It's also really funny and entertaining. Funny, how we watch movies has changed so much since this was published, but the influence of this book and the era it's from on today's film culture is undeniable.
Nigel S.
Jun 27, 2011 Nigel S. rated it really liked it
This tome, and the previous volume, were invaluable research materials in the days before the Internet (and the imdb!). Sadly, there are a lot of factual errors, and it's obvious the author rated/reviewed a lot of these flicks based more on their reputation rather than on his first-hand knowledge of them. Still, it's worth having on the shelf.
Jan 28, 2008 Kevin rated it liked it
This book is very much like video guides by Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin, but the focus is on more extreme Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Horror. It's always fun too look up your favorite movies in books like these. It's a big book, so be prepared to renew if you find it at the library.
Apr 22, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing
Weldon's second book in a proposed trilogy on 'psychotronic' movies (his term). This one mostly covers the years since the first book (1983-1996), and is crammed with stills and information. A must.
Oct 23, 2008 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
The mother of all incredibly great movie review books. Without this great read, I never would have know about such great films as Dolemite, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and Switchblade Sisters.
Jul 28, 2008 Joe rated it it was amazing
Much of this may seem superseded by the internet. However, Michael Weldon and his Psychotronic franchise were always the best way in to finding those dusty gems.
Pat Devlin
Apr 22, 2012 Pat Devlin rated it it was amazing
Great informational book. I use it all the time. Helped me broaden my horizens and understand all the genres of movies.
Feb 01, 2008 Gabriel rated it it was amazing
Essential to understanding the American zeitgeist. An incredible source book to the neuroses of the 20th century.
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