The Astro Zombies

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1968
  • Color
  • Running Time: 91 Min.
  • Production Co: Ram Ltd.
  • Distribution Co: Geneni Film Distributors (1968) (USA) (theatrical) | Cinema Services Ltd. (1969) (Canada) (theatrical) | Jack H. Harris Enterprises (1971) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Cinépix Film Properties (CFP) (1971) (Canada) (theatrical) (re-release)
  • Directed by Ted V. Mikels
  • Written by Ted V. Mikels & Wayne Rogers
  • Starring Tura Satana, Wendell Corey, John Carradine
  • Produced by Kenneth Altose, Ted V. Mikels, Wayne Rogers
  • Original Music by Nicholas Carras (as Nico Karaski)
  • Cinematography by Robert Maxwell
  • Film Editing by Ted V. Mikels (as Theo Mikacevich)

Also Known As

  • Astro-Zombies, Roboter des Grauens (Germany)
  • Space Vampires (USA) (video title)
  • Space Zombies

Tagline

  • Dismembered Bodies, Transplanted Organs, Are Used To Create The...

Synopsis

The Astro-Zombies, aka Space Zombies aka The Space Vampires, is a 1969 science fiction horror film written, directed, and produced by Ted V. Mikels. 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. The low budget movie has gained cult status along with many of Ted V. Mikels other works, inspiring him to write and direct a sequel. Mark of the Astro-Zombies was released direct-to-video in 2002 with Tura Satana reprising her role of Satana from the original film. During a showing of the film on KTVU's Creature Features, it was noted that much of the film was shot on property owned by actor Wayne Rogers. American horror punk band the Misfits recorded a song entitled "Astro Zombies", released on their 1982 album, Walk Among Us.

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