The Perfectionist's Guide to
About VIDEO WATCHDOG
launched "The Video Watchdog" in October 1985, when it became the first
consumer guide to home video releases in the pages of VIDEO TIMES
magazine. Tim's popular column later continued as a shot-on-video
featurette appearing in Michael Nesmith's 1987
video-magazine-on-videotape OVERVIEW and, in print, in the pages of the
FANGORIA spin-off, GOREZONE—where it came into its own by narrowing (and
sharpening) its focus to horror, fantasy and cult cinema!
In June 1990, Tim's column was reborn as its own magazine, subtitled
"The Perfectionist's Guide to Fantastic Video." It became an immediate
hit with the most ardent and obsessive collectors of video arcana. In 2016 Video
Watchdog ceased publication due to decreased newsstand support. Although no longer publishing new issues, VIDEO WATCHDOG
still continues to sell back issues and the entire run digitally. (Currently all
subscribers are being notified of next steps.)
Feature articles cover a wide variety of
subjects—everyone from Jess Franco to Jack Hill to Andy Milligan to
Krzysztof Kieslowski, movies from BLADE RUNNER to TWIN PEAKS
FIRE WALK WITH ME to METROPOLIS and the classic horror films
of Universal and Hammer. We've also published ground-breaking interviews
with Vincent Price, Oliver Stone, Roger Corman, Barbara Steele, David
Cronenberg, Clive Barker, SON OF FRANKENSTEIN's Donnie
Dunagan, Ann Carter, Curtis Harrington, Donald Cammell, John Brahm, Jess Franco,
Reggie Nalder, Udo Kier, makeup maestro Dick Smith, TOMB OF
LIGEIA's Elizabeth Shepard, Mimsy Farmer, Gordon Hessler, Antonio Margheriti,
Jean Rollin, Gordon Mitchell, Pupi Avati, Richard Kiel, Ernesto Gastaldi, Quentin
and the queen of European character actresses, Harriet White Medin.
But it is for film criticism that VIDEO WATCHDOG is most acclaimed.
In 27 years of publishing, it has amassed a larger collection of
informed thought pertaining to genre filmmaking than any published to
date in book form—literally thousands of reviews! Often imitated but
never surpassed, VIDEO WATCHDOG's reviews are serious without being
humorless, academic or overly technical. They delve into matters of
letterboxing, missing or restored footage, alternate versions, even how
domestic releases compare with overseas editions! And the WATCHDOG's
Kennel of contributors consists of only the very best writers and
historians working in the field of fantastic film research and
criticism, including John Bender, Stephen R. Bissette, Michael F. Blake,
John Charles, Max Alan Collins, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, David Del
Valle, Darren Gross, Sheldon Inkol, Paul M. Jensen, Alan Jones, David
Kalat, Bill Kelley, Mark Kermode, Tim Lucas, Gregory William Mank,
Maitland McDonagh, Kim Newman, Gary Don Rhodes, David J. Schow, Richard
Harland Smith, Brad Stevens, Nathaniel Thompson, Rebecca & Sam Umland,
Bill Warren, Tom Weaver, John-Paul Checkett, and Bret Wood.
VIDEO WATCHDOG is also renowned for its celebrity guest columnists.
Douglas E. Winter's "Audio Watchdog" has been reviewing new CD
soundtrack releases since issue number 22. In issues 83 through 127,
we were the exclusive source for "Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks," the
collected FILM BULLETIN criticism of the future director of GREMLINS,
THE HOWLING and LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, written
between 1969 and 1974. VIDEO WATCHDOG is currently hosting "Ramsey's
Rambles," film-related essays by acclaimed horror novelist Ramsey
The Letterbox correspondence is often as fascinating as the articles and
reviews published. Who else can boast of receiving mail from the likes
of Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Joe Dante, Quentin Tarantino, Gordon Hessler, Jeff
Lieberman, producer Richard Gordon, and so many other genre luminaries?
Since the founding of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Film Awards in
2003, VIDEO WATCHDOG has been chosen as Best Magazine by the voters for
5 consecutive years. In 2017 VIDEO WATCHDOG was the recipient of the first Rondo Legacy
Award for its 27 years of achievement.
A world of wonders
awaits you in VIDEO WATCHDOG!
—Tim & Donna Lucas