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Michael Weldon

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Michael Weldon did not invent the word "Psychotronic." It is a word to describe mind control by electronic means. If you have ever seen people wearing aluminum foil on their heads, you know they are trying to avoid Psychotronic mind control by ELF (electronic low frequency). An obscure Chicago low-budget film had used it in the title that was called The Psychotronic Man. In 1980 Michael used the term Psychotronic to describe the variety of genre films that influenced him and got into his head as a young man. Before he came along, each genre was subdivided into different categories like sci-fi, horror, crime, biker, war, and so on. Like him, the very same films influenced many of us, but serious film critics often dismissed these films as trash, garbage, z-grade, and crap. But now Hollywood makes big-budget versions of the very same material. After he gave it the name, Psychotronic, many of us were no longer embarrassed to admit we liked these films, and we found out that there were a lot of Psychotronic film fans out there. Michael legitimized it and I am very happy he did. --Akira Fitton, Art Director of Psychotronic Video Magazine, 03/15/02

See also: http://www.psychotronicvideo.com/

The Psychotronic Video Guide to Film (1996) - Michael J. Weldon

The Psychotronic Video Guide to Film (1996) - Michael J. Weldon [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

As Michael Weldon says in the foreword to his Psychotronic Video Guide: "Unlike other movie guides, nothing is omitted because it's in bad taste." Bad taste barely begins to cover the 3000 resolutely grade-B movies (some with grade-A aspirations and budgets) and the odd TV show included here. Weldon, who invented the word "psychotronic" and compiled The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, includes horror (there are 15 movie titles beginning with the word "zombie"), science fiction, Blaxploitation, porn, spaghetti westerns and "anything that Roger Corman had anything to do with" in his purview. --Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc., amazon.com

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