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|Directed by||Ted V. Mikels|
|Produced by||Ted V. Mikels|
|Music by||Nico Karaski|
|Edited by||Art Names|
The Astro-Zombies is a 1968 American science fiction horror film starring John Carradine, Wendell Corey (in his final film appearance) and Tura Satana. It was written, directed and produced by Ted V. Mikels.
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The plot follows a disgruntled scientist who, having been fired by the space agency, decides to create superhuman monsters from the body parts of innocent murder victims. The creatures eventually escape and go on a killing spree, attracting the attention of both an international spy ring and the CIA.
- Wendell Corey as Holman
- John Carradine as Dr. DeMarco
- Tom Pace as Eric Porter
- Joan Patrick as Janine Norwalk
- Tura Satana as Satana
- Rafael Campos as Juan
- Joseph Hoover as Chuck Edwards
- Victor Izay as Dr. Petrovich
- William Bagdad as Franchot
- Vincent Barbi as Tyros
- Vic Lance as the chauffeur
- Egon Sirany as Sergio Demozhenin
- Rod Wilmoth as Astro-Zombie
Produced by Ram Ltd. and Ted V. Mikels Film Production, The Astro-Zombies was filmed on a low budget of $37,000, with $3,000 of the budget used to pay Carradine. The film would be Mikels' last collaboration with Wayne M. Rogers (of later M*A*S*H fame), who also co-wrote and co-produced the film. The score was written by Nico Karaski, cinematography was handled by Robert Maxwell and editing by Art Names.
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The Astro-Zombies was released in May 1968, at a runtime of 94 minutes.
Variety wrote, "There's almost nothing good to say for this horror scifier ... The scifi aspects don't enthrall and the thrill aspects don't shock". Author and film critic Leonard Maltin awarded the film the lowest possible rating of "Bomb", calling it "yet another nominee for worst picture of all time". On his website Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings, Dave Sindelar called the film "wretched", criticizing the film's messy plot and "talky/dull" scenes. TV Guide panned the film, calling it "one of the all-time worst sci-fi pictures".
In a retrospective review, David Cornelius of eFilmCritic.com gave the film an extremely negative 1 of 5 stars, calling it the worst film ever made and panning the film's acting, its "painful-to-the-eyes production values" and the film's absence of reason.
American horror punk band the Misfits recorded a song titled "Astro Zombies", released on their 1982 album Walk Among Us. The lyrics, by frontman Glenn Danzig, were written from the perspective of mad scientist Dr. DeMarco.
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- Leonard Maltin (3 September 2013). Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide. Penguin Group US. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-101-60955-2.
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