As reported on the Ichiban site, cool and unexpected article on Psychotronic culture in the New Yorker:http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/06/04/120604fa_fact_whitehead
Wow, reading over this has really brought back some cool memories of me growing up (since me and the writer are close to the same age). I, too, had an obsession with "psychotronic" films and delving into issues of "Famous Monsters Of Filmland", "Fangoria", and "Starlog" only fueled it. Very cool article, and thanks for sharing it!
Glad to pass it on - and gives me even more movies to want to watch!
I wish my parents had been so cool as that kid's.
Lucky for me Mike, my parents favored going to the drive-in as opposed to hitting the walk-in theaters back in the '70's-early '80's. I was fed a steady diet of flicks like "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry", Billy Jack films, "Deliverance" rip-offs, "She Devils On Wheels", the "Walking Tall" series, along with numerous car-chase, slasher, ultra low-budget horror, and "Southern" actioners. Once cable television was introduced here in my city, we spent less time going to see these types of flicks, and I stayed glued to stations like WTBS, USA, and others, devouring popcorn while entranced with Japanese monster movies, Hammer films, and celluloid punk culture.
i was lucky enough to be buddies with Michael Weldon while he was working on the book & after...really col that this was in THAT magazine! weirdsville...thanks for posting...
Thanks for the heads up, Andy. I have and really like the "Psychotronic" film book, always something to discover in there - or when I watch something B-ish nice to consult it. And my wife gets the New Yorker here but I NEVER read it, so finally something to check out...
Yeah, I still always trot out both those Psychotronic books more than any other film books (and then Barry Gifford's short but vital The Devil Thumbs a Ride for the crime movies he covers.)
I'll check the "Devil Thumbs a Ride", Andy. Seen that movie! I also refer sometimes to Immoral Tales: European Sex and Horror Movies 1956-1984. Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs - it's more Euro sexploitation than just good old horror and trash, but there are some occasional crossover titles...
Sounds cool (Derek, I'm guessing?)! Sadly, I have never seen the movie despite being on the lookout for it. The book is really fun to read.
Yes, Andy, it's Derek!! Glad to see you're into good music and good movies, too!