The Astro-Zombies

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The Astro-Zombies
Directed by Ted V. Mikels
Produced by Ted V. Mikels
Screenplay by
Music by Nico Karaski
Cinematography Robert Maxwell
Edited by Art Names
  • Ram Ltd.
  • Ted V. Mikels Film Productions
Release date
  • May 1968 (1968-05)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United State
Language English
Budget $37,000

The Astro-Zombies is a 1968 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.[1]


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.



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.[1][2] 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.[1][3][4] The score was written by Nico Karaski, cinematography was handled by Robert Maxwell and editing by Art Names.[1]


The Astro-Zombies was released in May 1968, at a runtime of 94 minutes.[1]


In a retrospective review, David Cornelius of gave the film an extremely negative 1 out 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.[5] Leonard Maltin awarded the film the lowest possible rating of Bomb, calling it "yet another nominee for worst picture of all time".[6]


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.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "The Astro-Zombies". American Film Institute. Retrieved February 18, 2018. 
  2. ^ Christopher Wayne Curry (24 October 2007). Film Alchemy: The Independent Cinema of Ted V. Mikels. McFarland. pp. 448–. ISBN 978-1-4766-0301-8. 
  3. ^ June Pulliam; Anthony J. Fonseca (19 June 2014). Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth. ABC-CLIO. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-1-4408-0389-5. 
  4. ^ Welch D. Everman (January 1993). Cult Horror Films: From Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to Zombies of Mora Tau. Carol Publishing Group. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-0-8065-1425-3. 
  5. ^ Cornelius, David. "Movie Review - Astro-Zombies - eFilmCritic". David Cornelius. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  6. ^ 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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