The Astro-Zombies

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The Astro-Zombies
Astrozombies.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Ted V. Mikels
Produced by Ted V. Mikels
Written by
Starring
Music by Nicholas Carras
Cinematography Robert Maxwell
Edited by
  • Ted V. Mikels
  • Art Names
Distributed by Geneni Film Distributors
Release date
May 1968
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Astro-Zombies ‒ sometimes known as The Astro Zombies (without the hyphenation), Space Zombies and The Space Vampires ‒ 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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The Astro-Zombies was filmed on a low budget of $37,000, with $3,000 of the budget used to pay Carradine.[1] The film would be Mikels' last collaboration with Wayne Rogers from M*A*S*H fame, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

The film has received negative reviews from critics, with some regarding the film as the worst film ever made.

David Cornelius from eFilmCritic.com 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.[4] Leonard Maltin awarded the film the lowest possible rating of Bomb, calling it "yet another nominee for worst picture of all time".[5]

Sequels[edit]

In addition to the 2002 sequel Mark of the Astro-Zombies and 2010's Astro Zombies M3: Cloned, a fourth and final film, Astro Zombies M4: Invaders from Cyberspace, was released in 2012.

Influence[edit]

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.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher Wayne Curry (24 October 2007). Film Alchemy: The Independent Cinema of Ted V. Mikels. McFarland. pp. 448–. ISBN 978-1-4766-0301-8. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Cornelius, David. "Movie Review - Astro-Zombies - eFilmCritic". eFilmCritic.com. David Cornelius. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Leonard Maltin (3 September 2013). Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide. Penguin Group US. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-101-60955-2. 
  6. ^ http://www.dirgemag.com/danzigs-double-feature-movies-misfits/

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