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The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film

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The Complete Viewers' Guide to the Weirdest Movies of All Time!
From the slightly offbeat to the outlandishly bizarre...from the no-budget quickie to the multimillion-dollar box-office smash...
Psychotronic films range from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes to E.T....from Angel's Wild Women and Hellcats of the Navy to Dismember Mama and Let Me Die A Woman...from sincere social c
Paperback, 815 pages
Published November 12th 1986 by Ballantine Books (P) (first published October 12th 1983)
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Perry Lake
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To this day I consult this book and I love every page of it! Obviously a labor of love, Weldon wrote perhaps the penultimate guide to weird little horror and sci-fi movies up to that time. The updated edition, unfortunately, was highly truncated and that I do not recommend. Stick with the original.
phil vas
Aug 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Your guide to B-movie beauty queens, Cold War creeps, robotic ghouls, moonshine mamas, and undead bikers from the stratosphere
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not one to tend towards the hyperbolic when it comes to book reviews. I'm perfectly content to stick to the scale -- you'll never find me saying stuff like, "I'd rate it zero stars if I could!" or "TEN STARS OUT OF FIVE!". If something is so awful that 1 star is too much, chances are good it hit the dreaded Did Not Finish pile, and I don't rate things I don't finish. Also, no matter how much I love a book, five stars is the upper limit. How much further beyond "amazing" does one need to go w ...more
Jason Coffman
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I defy any film fan to open this massive guide to any random page and not find at least one movie they absolutely NEED to see. Weldon's groundbreaking guide to b-horror, teensploitation, Tarzan movies, Elvis movies, cheap sci-fi, and all manner of other cinematic oddities is a must-have for the bookshelf of any serious student of weird movies. ...more
Jul 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book introduced me to the film genre called "fucked up shit." As fascinating as well-made films can be, there is a wide world of wonder comprised of inept, cheapo genius, exploitation and just hardcore weird movies. A seemingly inexhaustible treasure trove for film freaks. ...more
An incredibly exhaustive collection of eclectic films that Michael Weldon of Psyhotronic Magazine fame deems Psychotronic worthy and fit to be included in this massive film reference guide. It really is a brief and noteworthy tidbit of info on each film, always mentioning year, director, producer, screenwriter and then whomever else Weldon and others' deem noteworthy to mention. I love it because some entries are only a few sentences of info and others are a few columns. Concise and to the point ...more
Andy Raptis
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cult-movies
Perfect for when you're in the loo... ...more
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film-guides
As the back suggest, this book is essential for fans of "ghouls, sci fi, beach blankets, drag racing, sex changes, crazed farmers, mad scientists, disaster, jungles, rock n' roll, gorillas, killer teens, bikers, ax murderers, cave women, sex goddesses, vampires and surfing" (he forgot Elvis movies and Spooky Old Houses...). Written before the advent of home video, it was intended to serve as a guide to those late-night movies that local syndicated channels ran before the Star Spangled Banner and ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before the advent of the internet, books like these were CRITICAL! They were exhaustive collections of obscure genre films collected by someone that had the same inexplicable attachment to these odd films as you did. Of course now, it's much easier to find a community around anything, but back in the 80's, when this came out, being able to learn about "Twisted Brain," "13 Ghosts" and "The Gore Gore Girls" was a much more daunting proposition. Each Halloween, I cannot help but pull this book out ...more
Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Possibly the most dogeared, passionate A to Z film reference ever written.
It's a shame that it went out of print, but you can find $30 used copies of it at (the worlds greatest source for used books).
Apr 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: film
Full of information, entertaining reviews, and photographs, about a breathtaking range of interesting movies from big budget flops to shoestring-budget schlock, the most notorious to the most obscure.
Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Weldon's first film guide is 800+ pages of essential reading for fans of bizarre and obscure movies. Buy it, read it, love it. Essential. ...more
Ben Ackley
Oct 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-home-library
This one was an odyssey!

Even in the age of the internet, where you can find basically every movie online (thanks, IMDb!), this book is a valuable resource to fans of trash cinema. The five months (!) it took me to read this saw my watchlist expand twofold! Thanks to The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, I now have 1000+ movies to watch. If you like trashy, psychedelic cheapness, get a hold of this book.

Now where can I find that Psychotronic Video Guide...?

Michael Audet
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The author of this book has been watching these movies obsessively since the age of 6. He is now unfit for conventional employment. Because of the addictive nature of these films, we the publishers cannot guarantee that your sanity won't be endangered by reading this book." ...more
Aug 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disappointed. I thought this would be filled with reviews, instead it's bare synopsis, more just an alphabetized list of movies. ...more
Robert Lawson
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Essential reference book especially back in the pre-internet days.
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
By far one of my fave books on films.
It's complete, and there isn't a single film i dislike in the entire book.
Cinematic Cteve
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A seemingly comprehensive volume of capsule reviews on the weird, bizarre, low-budget and plain insane films released from the dawn of cinema to the early 1980s when this book was published. Weldon's droll writing and obvious enthusiasm for his subject makes this heavy book a great bedtime reader -- you can open the book to any page, read as little or as much as you like, and be entertained without staying up all night.

Copiously illustrated with movie stills and film posters, Psychotronic Film
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Capsule reviews of films produced by the hucksters, renegades, visionaries, unsung geniuses, and psychopaths from the glorious history of 20th century exploitation movie making. Sadly, and for economic reasons related to print and postal costs, the Psychotronic Video Guide magazine is no longer available but, a lot of what appeared in it up through the '90s is contained in this book. ...more
Jan 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies
A huge tome of B-film reviews, not always an accurate description, but for sheer volume of information on bizarre shit, it's unsurpassed. ...more
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The one that started it all...
Rex McCulloch
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The first, and probably still the best all-around guide to what's now typically referred to as "grindhouse" cinema. ...more
Chris S
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Thousands of obscure films and b-movies. Perfect!
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, humor, movies
The greatest (and funniest) source of information about cult/grade z movies that I've ever come across. ...more
Jason Vedder
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am in Weldon's debt, but I am still owed one more issue! ...more
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the first and certainly one of the best film guides of out there films.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Essential resource for lovers of bad cinema.
David Clifford
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, the fucking bible of film and under appreciated cinema. Except no substitutes
Daddy Bookworm
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Essential!
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