Psychotronic Video

Psychotronic Video was a film magazine published in the United States that focused on exploitation films, B-movies, and cult films. The magazine offered movie reviews, interviews, and commentaries on the lesser-explored genres of film in the popular media. Image:psychotronic-video-sample-cover

Origins and Publication

Psychotronic Video was conceived by Michael J. Weldon in 1980 who, inspired by his fascination with unusual and subversive cinema, decided to establish a dedicated platform for these genres. Originally, it began as the Psychotronic TV show in 1980 before transitioning into a magazine format in 1989.

The magazine covered a wide range of film genres that mainstream film criticism often sidelined, including horror, science fiction, action, grindhouse, and more. It was renowned for showcasing discussions and reviews on films typically deemed as 'trash cinema', introducing them to a wider audience who revelled in the non-traditional.

Content and Notable Contributors

Each issue of Psychotronic Video offered readers a unique blend of reviews, retrospectives, interviews with directors, actors, and creators, and articles exploring themes and trends prevalent in cult classics and rarely-explored genres.

Michael J. Weldon served as the major contributor, editor, and critic in writing reviews, conducting interviews, and shaping the voice of the magazine. His contributions, combined with those of other B-movie enthusiasts and industry insiders, gave the magazine its unique identity and appeal.


After 41 issues, the magazine ceased production in 2006, leaving behind a stellar legacy. It is remembered for its extensive coverage of films from the periphery of mainstream cinema, thereby offering a platform for often overlooked genres and narratives.


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