Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Big Invasion is Here!

By Kevin Scott Collier with Ted V. Mikels
Authorized by Ted V. Mikels
100 Pages - Paperback Book - $9.95
Purchase from Amazon here!

A multi-dimensional experience!

Journey inside the world of Ted V. Mikels' Sci-Fi movie series the Astro-Zombies with this exclusive new book, Unmasking the Astro-Zombies. Beginning with the 1968 release of the movie Astro-Zombies, this cult classic has cultivated fans in every universe. Unmasking the Astro-Zombies, written and compiled by Kevin Scott Collier, provides an in-depth look at the making of the films with the creator Ted V. Mikels at the helm. Aside from the exclusive content and memories of Mikels himself, many of the actors, actresses and crew who participated in the series provide memories, including Brinke Stevens, Sean Morelli, Francine York, Donna Hamblin, Gary Lester, Richard Lester, Beverly Washburn, John Baniqued, Fletcher Sharp, Sara Dunn, Volmar Franz, Rusty Meyers, Anthony Avery, Peaches Christ, Cory Udler, Mr. Lobo, Drew Marvick and more! Unmasking the Astro-Zombies is a must-have for any fan, and the incredible detail and trivia will send you spinning out of this world!


The book takes an in-depth look at the movies:

The Astro-Zombies, 1968

Mark of the Astro-Zombies, 2002

Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned, 2010

Astro-Zombies M4: Invaders from Cyberspace, 2012

One longtime rumor that took on life was reports actor Wendell Cory struggled to deliver his lines in the movie because he was soused. Not true, as Ted V. Mikels himself, who was there directing and shooting all scenes. Mikels says in Unmasking the Astro-Zombies
    “Most agents in Hollywood seemed to know when I was casting a movie. I always received calls from them. They asked if they could send me actors to interview,” Mikels said. “I was warned about Wendell’s drinking problem, and his wife was always with him on the set. But, he was a prince and he did not drink a drop. He was delightful to work with.”


Astro-Zombies (1968)

A mad astro-scientist, Dr. Septimus DeMarco, reviving corpses at his laboratory, produces two gore-crazed, solar-powered killer robot zombies leaving a bloody trail of victims. An evil foreign spy named Satana leads her henchmen in a mission to steal DeMarco’s secret of creating the creatures, but a C.I.A. division, lead by Mr. Holman, is hot on their trail, assigned to track both the deaths and espionage ring. Can the federal agents stop Satana and DeMarco in time and put an end to the murderous rampage?

Mark of the Astro-Zombies (2002)

Evil aliens from a distant asteroid invade Earth to create astro-zombies, half-human robots with synthetic blood and body parts. The unleashed creatures terrorize and indiscriminately slay Earth's humans on a non-stop killing rampage. Members of the U.S. presidential staff, branded with the mark of the astro-zombies, are kidnapped and held in the enemy reptilian spacecraft where their knowledge is extracted. All seems lost until another alien race, coordinating with U.S. President Ward Pennington, arrives on Earth to stop the onslaught.

Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned (2010)

After being fired from the Space Agency, the disgruntled and crazy Dr. DeMarco creates an astroman from a criminal's dead body. The diabolical plan is to build a super-human by murdering innocent, convenient victims, and using various bits of them to create a super-race. However, when DeMarco loses control of his creation, it goes on a killing spree. It attracts the attention of an international spy ring and the CIA, who engage in an effort to stop the murderous rampage.

Astro-Zombies M4: Invaders from Cyberspace (2012)

With a giant meteor on a deadly collision course with the planet of the Astro-Zombies, the aliens have selected a suitable new home, Earth. But first they must exterminate mankind. Armed with vastly superior technology, the invaders infiltrate through the internet. Each mutant warrior is armed with laser eye beams that can disintegrate all matter in its path and trigger chain reaction explosions. The great cities of the earth are being laid to waste and the world's population is on the verge of extinction. With convention to save our planet.


Film Alchemy: The Independent Cinema of Ted V. Mikels
A book written by Christopher Wayne Curry - American filmmaker Ted V. Mikels holds a unique position as one of the most unconventional directors of exploitation cinema. Famous for his eccentric home life (he once lived with a harem in a castle with secret passageways) and promotional gimmicks (he was known for having nurses and ambulances on hand to assist "scared-to-death" moviegoers), Mikels is now considered a pioneering master of low-budget movie making. This unique work examines each of Mikels' 19 major film or video productions, beginning with his first feature film Strike Me Deadly (1959) and continuing through his latest work-in-progress, Demon Bloodlust. Each entry includes a full list of cast and crew credits, along with a plot synopsis and, frequently, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Also included are a complete filmography, an overview of Ted V. Mikels memorabilia, and a transcript of the author's personal interview with Mikels.

The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels
DVD - Meet independent grindhouse movie maverick Ted V. Mikels, who is celebrating his 60th anniversary making movies - wowing audiences with his own special brand of guts, gore, violence, and dark humor. From the grisly The Corpse Grinders, the early slasher epic The Astro-Zombies, to the far-out Girl in Gold Boots and countless others, Mikels tells his story for the first time in The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels by award-winning documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels, director of Vampira: The Movie. Ted V. Mikels is a pioneer. In the 1970's, the concept of The Doll Squad was appropriated by television mogul Aaron Spelling for his own Charlie's Angels series (even down to using the character name Sabrina) and more recently inspired Quentin Tarantino with the turtle-necked look for the DiVA girls in Kill Bill. Ted shares stories of the William Castle-esque movie premieres that included nurses and ambulances on hand at the theaters to assist "scared-to-death" moviegoers. Plus, he reveals for the first time details of his private life in the sprawling Sparr Castle in California with a harem of women called the Castle Ladies!

Remembering a Legend

Sadly, Ted V. Mikels died October 16, 2016. 
All material was in for the book.
Our prayers are with his family and friends.