Video Watchdog was a bimonthly,[clarification needed] digest size film
magazine published from 1990 to 2017 by publisher/editor
Tim Lucas and
his wife, art director and co-publisher Donna Lucas.
Although devoted chiefly to the horror, science fiction, and fantasy
genres, the magazine frequently delved beyond these strictures into
art film, Hong Kong action cinema, spaghetti western, exploitation
films, anime, and general mainstream cinema. In addition to Lucas
himself, Video Watchdog's list of regular contributors included such
writers as Kim Newman, Stephen R. Bissette, associate editor John
Charles, Bill Cooke and Heather Drain. Regular columns included
"Ramsey's Rambles" by
Ramsey Campbell and "Fleapit Flashbacks" by Joe
Douglas E. Winter contributed a CD/music column, "Audio
Watchdog," while books were reviewed in "Biblio Watchdog" by Lucas,
Anthony Ambrogio and Brett Taylor.
1 Publication history
2 Related publications
4 See also
6 External links
Originally a black-and-white publication,
Video Watchdog was founded
in 1990. The magazine added full-color covers with its 13th issue,
and celebrated its 100th issue in 2003 by adopting a permanent,
full-color format. Los Angeles-based artist Charlie Largent was
responsible for most of the cover art from 2002 to the penultimate
issue in 2016, beginning with #84. Two
were also published, as well as two
Video Watchdog Signature Editions,
the latter featuring unique covers individually signed by child stars
Donnie Dunagan and Ann Carter.
The magazine's website included "Round Table" film discussions, free
article samples, and a link to Lucas' "Video WatchBlog", launched in
On October 24, 2016, it was announced that the magazine would cease
print publication. Days later, those who had paid for subscriptions
and other creditors received notice that the magazine had filed for
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. A surprise final issue, #184, was mailed to
subscribers in June, 2017 as a farewell gesture and was later made
available to the general public in limited quantities via the Video
As a company,
Video Watchdog also published two books written by
editor Lucas. The
Video Watchdog Book, released September 1992, is a
collection of articles, essays, and lists that originated in other
Film Comment and Fangoria.
Mario Bava All the
Colors of the Dark, published September 2007, is a copiously
illustrated, 1128-page critical biography of Italian director and
cinematographer Mario Bava. It received a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror
Award as the Best Book of 2007, as well as an Independent Publishers
Award bronze medal and a
Saturn Award for
Best Magazine - Rondo Classic Horror Award 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,
Best Website - Rondo Classic Horror Award 2006.
Best Theme Issue (#169, Dark Shadows) - Rondo Classic Horror Award
Best Semi-Prozine - FanEx Award, 1991.
List of film periodicals
^ a b Nordine, Michael (October 24, 2016). "
Video Watchdog to Cease
Publication After 27 Years". IndieWire.
^ "Journal List June 2015". International Federation of
(FIAF). Archived from the original on October 19, 2015.
Video Watchdog Ends Print Publication". Monster Kid Classic.
Video Watchdog Surprise Final Issue". Monster Kid Classic.
Video Watchdog #184 - Farewell Issue". Video Watchdog.