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VIDEO WATCHDOG
The Perfectionist's Guide To Fantastic Video
Fantasy, Classic Monsters, Horror, Sci-Fi Bimonthly Magazine from Cincinnati ,United States
Ceased publication

- First and last issue: 1990-2017
- Fantastic cinema is the top priority but no genre is neglected.
- At the beginning there was Tim's column in Video Times and Gorezone and then in 1990 he started publishing VW.
- More details than any other edition is what characterizes VW. Usually there is a cover story with exclusive interviews and a lot of reviews.
In color, small size (A5), 80 pages magazine without any ads but with plenty to read.
- Published by Tim and Donna Lucas (Eds.)
- Website: www.videowatchdog.com

Last updated:
10 March 2018

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Issue 127
November 2006
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS: Sheldon Inkol salutes 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's long-overdue two-disc release of Russ Meyer's cult classic as a DVD worth waiting for!
In Search of Del Tenney: Auteur of PARTY BEACH: His work is immediately recognizable and consistent, but is Del Tenney one of the horror genre's auteurs? Tim Lucas screens VIOLENT MIDNIGHT, THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH, THE CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE, I EAT YOUR SKIN and DESCENDANT in search of the answer!
Hammer & Universal: A Marriage of Monsters: From THE BRIDES OF DRACULA to THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN, Bill Cooke's latest monster round-up attends the eight fright films that resulted when the world's greatest horror manufacturers joined forces in the early 1960s!
PLUS! JOE DANTE collects his final batch of retrospective reviews for the farewell edition of 'Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks'!
RAMSEY CAMPBELL on his 'favorite Horror-Western,' Anthony Mann's MAN OF THE WEST!
DOUGLAS E. WINTER on the latest crop of Euro cult soundtracks from Digitmovies, Goblin's reunion disc, and an assortment of Goblin tribute recordings!
BOOK REVIEWS of Doyle Greene's MEXPLOITATION CINEMA, Howard Hughes' ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE ITALIAN WEST, and more!
PLUS dozens of DVD reviews! Among the highlights: Bruce Campbell battles space termites in ALIEN APOCALYPSE; Alain Delon on both sides of the law in Jacques Deray's BORSALINO & CO. and FLIC STORY; Candy Samples, Uschi Digart, and Cheryl 'Rainbeaux' Smith bare their emotions in the sexploitation anthologies FANTASM and FANTASM COMES AGAIN; Howard Vernon, Rosalba Neri, and Barbara Bouchet are up to no good in the 'Euro trash must-see' FRENCH SEX MURDERS; John Carradine and Lon Chaney make a hoot out of an owl's ear in the mind-boggling GALLERY OF HORRORS; Reg Park appears in new and recycled Bava and Cottafavi footage in HERCULES THE AVENGER; Alan Steel crosses swords with Spanish rogues in HERCULES AND THE BLACK PIRATE; a hotsy-totsy android tears up a town in the Indonesian action rip-off LADY TERMINATOR; Joe D'Amato puts the 'horror' back in 'horny' in PORNO HOLOCAUST; Mary Woronov gives us a guided tour of PRISON A-GO-GO; Paul Bartel makes his directorial debut in the kinky thriller PRIVATE PARTS; sexploitation scrapes the bottom of a lager barrel in SS CAMP WOMEN'S HELL and SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP; Jess Franco experiments with carte blanche in 'The Sensation of '69,' SUCCUBUS; we enter the sensual world of Dr. Emy Wong in the hilarious YELLOW EMANUELLE; and we offer a crash course in the works of British shockmeister Pete Walker with our reviews of THE COMEBACK, DIE SCREAMING MARIANNE, THE FLESH & BLOOD SHOW, FRIGHTMARE, HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, and HOUSE OF WHIPCORD! All this-and much, much more!
This Issue's Contributors: Ramsey Campbell, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Joe Dante, Sheldon Inkol, Tim Lucas, Kim Newman, Richard Harland Smith, Brett Taylor, and Douglas E. Winter.


Issue 126
September 2006
Edgar Wallace and the Paternity of KING KONG: Merian C. Cooper once declared that Edgar Wallace 'didn't write a bloody word of KING KONG.' Now, in a groundbreaking feature article, Tim Lucas refutes that statement by detailing Wallace's four-month stint as the film's first screenwriter, and by tracing Kong's bloodline to surprising ancestors in Wallace's own bibliography!
Francesco de Masi: The Noble Heart of Italian Film Music: Francesco de Masi died last November, bringing the curtain down on a long and distinguished record of service to the Italian popular cinema. In this article-part tribute, part personal memoir-John Bender reflects on de Masi's contribution to Italian horror, Italian pepla and, above all, the Italian Western!
DVD Spotlight: KING KONG: Tim Lucas reviews Universal's two-disc widescreen edition of Peter Jackson's KING KONG, of course!
Also reviews of ACE HIGH... THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON... THE AGATHA CHRISTIE MISS MARPLE MOVIE COLLECTION (MURDER AT THE GALLOP, MURDER AHOY)... BETTY... Radley Metzger's THE CAT AND THE CANARY... CLONUS... CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER... CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY... Umberto Lenzi's THE CYNIC, THE RAT, AND THE FIST... DEEP CRIMSON... DRACULA III LEGACY... FOR YOUR HEIGHT ONLY... two versions of GASLIGHT... JACQUELINE HYDE (unrated version)... Jeff Lieberman's JUST BEFORE DAWN... LIVING HELL... MPD PSYCHO 1-3... THE PREMONITION... SCARY TRUE STORIES... Walt Disney's original THE SHAGGY DOG... SHAOLIN VS EVIL DEAD... SORUM... A STUDY IN TERROR... TENEMENT - GAME OF SURVIVAL... TEN LITTLE INDIANS with Daliah Lavi and Shirley Eaton... WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?... and the latest 'Zatoichi' releases, ZATOICHI AND THE FUGITIVES (#18) and SAMARITAN ZATOICHI (#19)!
Plus ... The latest installments of JOE DANTE'S FLEAPIT FLASHBACKS... RAMSEY 'S RAMBLES (Ramsey Campbell)... AUDIO WATCHDOG (Douglas E. Winter)... BIBLIO WATCHDOG (book reviews)... and much, much more!
Other contributors to this issue: Anthony Ambrogio, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Kim Newman, Richard Harland Smith and Brett Taylor.


Issue 125
June 2006
LAND OF THE DEAD: A Video Watchdog Round Table Discussion: It's George A. Romero's first movie as a director in 5 years, his first zombie script in 15 years, and the first zombie picture he's directed in 20 years. So what does his eager audience think of LAND OF THE DEAD? VW regulars-Kim Newman, Stephen R. Bissette, John Charles, Richard Harland Smith, Shane M. Dallmann, David Kalat, and editor Tim Lucas-discuss the unrated return of one of the fantastic cinema's great mavericks!
DVD Spotlight: KING KONG: Bill Cooke reviews Warner Home Video's deluxe two-disc set of the 1933 Cooper/Schoedsack classic-the most eagerly awaited DVD ever, and the VW's Kennel's choice for 0ur Favorite Disc of 2005!
Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks: Joe takes a third row aisle seat for vintage screenings of Barry Brown in BAD COMPANY, Faye Dunaway in Rene Clement's THE DEADLY TRAP, Bernie Casey in George Armitrage's blaxploitation fever dream HIT MAN, and Tony Curtis in SUPPOSE THEY GAVE A WAR AND NOBODY CAME?, while Jay North enters Angel Tompkins' course in THE TEACHER!
Plus Reviews of...: THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN-THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, ALONE IN THE DARK, BATMAN BEGINS, DAY OF THE DEAD 2: CONTAGIUM, DERANGED, ENTRAILS OF A VIRGIN, ENTRAILS OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, EXORCIST-THE BEGINNING and DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST, FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON, GODZILLA FINAL WARS, HOLY BATMANIA!, HOUSE OF WAX (2005), KING KONG-PETER JACKSON'S PRODUCTION DIARIES, KONGA, MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN, MARK OF THE WITCH/THE BRIDES WORE BLOOD, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, NIGHT AND THE CITY, NIGHT OF THE SKULL, RED COCKROACHES, SHATTER DEAD, SIXTEEN TONGUES, SON OF KONG, SPIDER-MAN 2, THIEVES' HIGHWAY, ZATOICHI CHALLENGED, ZATOICHI THE OUTLAW
And... RAMSEY CAMPBELL on THE CALL OF CTHULHU, the new silent film produced by The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society!
DOUGLAS E. WINTER on new soundtrack releases from Monstrous Music (THIS ISLAND EARTH), Percepto Records (DINOSAURUS!), and La La Land Records (KING KONG VS. GODZILLA)!


Issue 124
April 2006
Toho Terrors!: Bill Cooke celebrates the golden age of Japanese fantasy with reviews of DOGORA (THE SPACE MONSTER), MATANGO (ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE), THE MYSTERIANS and VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE-new on DVD from Tokyo Shock/Media Blasters!
The Third Dimension of Evil: The Making of AMITYVILLE 3-D: Filmmaker Paul Talbot documents the production of the only three-dimensional entry in the popular 'Amityville' franchise, with exclusive interview input from director Richard Fleischer!
Ramsey's Rambles: New Column! Ramsey Campbell has written some of the finest ghost stories and horror fiction of our time, so which films would you expect to find bedevilling his imagination? Well, this month it's Lu?s Bu?uel's 1950 classic, Los Olvid?dos-he'll tell you why!
Things from the Attic: Back by Popular Demand! Tim Lucas and Rebecca & Sam Umland clear the cobwebs off their copies of the vintage bizarre! Jack Palance sacrifices nubile young beauties to the bargain basement African love god Chuku in CRAZE... Bert I. Gordon (THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN) documents how size counts in different ways in HOW TO SUCCEED WITH SEX... A B-movie master shepherds a new generation of filmmakers into the fields of exploitation-with-a-message in ROGER CORMAN: HOLLYWOOD'S WILD ANGEL... and Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Peter Lorre stalk the Swing Era of Kay Kyser in YOU'LL FIND OUT!
Dog Bytes: Celebrity cameos enliven the slashfest BLOODY MOVIE... Warren Oates runs an errand worthy of an Edgar Allan Poe character in Sam Peckinpah's BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA... Jess Franco stars in his own Raymond Chandler pastiche DOWNTOWN... Sonny Chiba gives a commanding performance in G.I. SAMURAI... Al Adamson directs the usual suspects (and KFC's Colonel Sanders!) in HELL'S BLOODY DEVILS... C. Thomas Howell faces down a Martian invasion in the other version of H.G. WELLS' WAR OF THE WORLDS... the '30th Anniversary Edition' of Steven Spielberg's JAWS... Ray Dennis Steckler sequelizes his HOLLYWOOD STRANGLER MEETS THE SKIDROW SLASHER in THE LAS VEGAS SERIAL KILLER... Sonny Chiba takes a backseat to Hiroyuki Sanada in NINJA WARS... Roberta Findlay offers a Queens-side view of rubbery monsters and the supernatural in THE ORACLE... aliens in the abyss meet fanged fish in RAGING SHARKS... Lee Van Cleef earns a box set in two of the three films composing MGM's THE SABATA TRILOGY (SABATA, ADIOS SABATA, RETURN OF SABATA)... England's Compton Cameo and producer Tony Tenser reveal the SECRETS OF A WINDMILL GIRL... yet another Sonny Chiba contest, this time against Ken Ogata, in SHOGUN'S SHADOW... and Jacky Wu Jing demonstrates astounding agility in the condensed period miniseries THE TAI CHI MASTER!
Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks: It's a Western/Action festival in the old Fleapit this issue, as Joe tears your tickets for vintage reviews of Yul Brynner and Daliah Lavi in CATLOW... Charles Bronson in CHATO'S LAND... John Woo's early directorial effort FISTS OF THE DOUBLE K... George Peppard in the sci-fi-tinged espionage thriller THE GROUNDSTAR CONSPIRACY... Clint Eastwood in HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER and JOE KIDD... Raquel Welch in KANSAS CITY BOMBER... Ron O'Neal in SUPERFLY T.N.T.... and Barry Morse (though not as Lt. Phillip Gerard!) in the forgotten sexploitation flick THE TELEPHONE BOOK!
DVDs: Detailed reviews of Walerian Borowczyk's erotic fairy tale THE BEAST... Maurice Tourneur's silent screen classics THE BLUE BIRD and LORNA DOONE... a new deluxe 'Special Edition' of the anime classic GHOST IN THE SHELL... J-Horror gets body conscious in Masayuki Ochiai's INFECTION... Jim Carrey looms large in the baroque children's fantasy LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS... Yuen Woo-ping tries his hand at a terroist action thriller in RED WOLF... Paul Naschy returns to the screen in Brian Yuzna's ROTTWEILER... American independent cinema turns metaphysical in THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME and PRIMER... and Michael Keaton is haunted by telephonic messages from his dead wife in WHITE NOISE! Plus import reviews of the spectral Shaw Brothers comedy THE FAKE GHOST CATCHERS and Paul Ouellette's returns to H.P. Lovecraft's Miskatonic University, THE UNNAMABLE and THE UNNAMABLE RETURNS!
Biblio Watchdog: Brett Taylor reviews Phil Hall's THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNDERGROUND MOVIES: FILMS FROM THE FRINGES OF CINEMA and Tom Weaver's SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY FILM FLASHBACKS: CONVERSATIONS WITH 24 ACTORS, WRITERS, PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE!


Issue 123
February 2006
LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME 2: Steven Lloyd returns with a look at Warner Home Video's second collection of classic Warner Bros. cartoons, including Porky's foray into Wackyland, Wile E. Coyote's patronage of Acme Inc., Hubie and Bertie's head games on Claude Cat, the song stylings of Owl Jolson and Michigan J. Frog, and much, much more!
DVD Spotlight: Three by Kiyoshi Kurosawa: David Kalat profiles a current master of 'J-Horror' with reviews of CURE, CHARISMA and BRIGHT FUTURE!
Dog Bytes: CAMP FEAR... FEEDING THE MASSES... THE FIEND (aka BEWARE THE BRETHREN)... FLESH-EATING MOTHERS... HEX VS WITCHCRAFT... LIBERA ME... RAZORTEETH... STREET TRASH... and A WHISPER IN THE DARK!
Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks: CAHILL UNITED STATES MARSHALL... THE DIRTY HEROES... EASY VIRTUE... HELL'S BELLES... THE SLAMS... SOME KIND OF NUT... THE SPECTRE OF EDGAR ALLAN POE... and WESTWORLD!
DVDs: THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT... THE BIG ALLIGATOR RIVER... CASTLE KEEP... CONQUEST OF SPACE... THE FREAKMAKER... HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN... MAYOR OF THE SUNSET STRIP... THE NAKED JUNGLE... RED TROUSERS... SASQUATCH HORROR COLLECTION (SASQUATCH: THE LEGEND OF BIGFOOT, SNOWBEAST, SNOW CREATURE)... SECRETS OF A CALL GIRL... SEED OF CHUCKY (Unrated and Fully Extended)... SHADOW OF THE WRAITH... TAKE ME NAKED and A THOUSAND PLEASURES... plus Import reviews of I, MONSTER... JESS FRANCO'S PASSION... and KARL MAY DVD COLLECTION I (THE TREASURE OF SILVER LAKE, HALF BREED and WINNETOU AND HIS
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter covers the soundtrack CD beat with Michael Winterbottom's CODE 46... Alex Wurman's MARCH OF THE PENGUINS... BT's STEALTH... Chroma Key's GRAVEYARD MOUNTAIN HOME... and more!
Biblio Watchdog: Reviews of LIVING DANGEROUSLY: THE ADVENTURES OF MERIAN C. COOPER by Mark Cotta Vaz... THE CINEMA OF JOHN CARPENTER: THE TECHNIQUE OF TERROR, edited by Ian Conrich and David Woods... and THE SCARECROW MOVIE GUIDE!

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