The Astro-Zombies (1968)

GP | 94 mins | Horror | May 1968

Director:

Ted V. Mikels

Producer:

Ted V. Mikels

Cinematographer:

Robert Maxwell

Editor:

Art Names

Production Designer:

Wally Moon

Production Companies:

Ram Ltd., Ted V. Mikels Film Productions
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HISTORY

The Astro-Zombies, a low-budget horror film, was announced in the 6 Jun 1967 DV as an independent production, set to be produced and directed by Ted V. Mikels. Principal photography began later that month, on 19 Jun 1967, according to a 23 Jun 1967 DV production chart, which listed John Hopkins as the sound man. Location scenes were filmed in Southern California.
       Theatrical release was scheduled to take place in thirteen western states on 29 May 1968, as noted in the 1 May 1968 Var. However, Var did not publish a review until 7 May 1969, although the reviewer had apparently attended a screening on 30 Apr 1968 at the Anco Theatre in New York City.
       The Astro-Zombies marked one of Wendell Corey’s final feature film appearances before his death in Nov ... More Less

The Astro-Zombies, a low-budget horror film, was announced in the 6 Jun 1967 DV as an independent production, set to be produced and directed by Ted V. Mikels. Principal photography began later that month, on 19 Jun 1967, according to a 23 Jun 1967 DV production chart, which listed John Hopkins as the sound man. Location scenes were filmed in Southern California.
       Theatrical release was scheduled to take place in thirteen western states on 29 May 1968, as noted in the 1 May 1968 Var. However, Var did not publish a review until 7 May 1969, although the reviewer had apparently attended a screening on 30 Apr 1968 at the Anco Theatre in New York City.
       The Astro-Zombies marked one of Wendell Corey’s final feature film appearances before his death in Nov 1968. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Jun 1967
p. 10.
Daily Variety
9 Jun 1967
p. 4.
Daily Variety
23 Jun 1967
p. 10.
Variety
1 May 1968
p. 20.
Variety
12 Feb 1969
p. 12.
Variety
7 May 1969
p. 6.
DETAILS
Release Date:
May 1968
Production Date:
began 10 June 1967
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
94
MPAA Rating:
GP
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
387
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Following several brutal murders in which the victims' vital organs are ripped from their bodies, CIA Chief Holman concludes that Dr. DeMarco, the former head of the Astro Space Laboratory, has created an astro-man with a defective brain. DeMarco, who has been missing since his dismissal from the space center, has hidden himself in an old mansion on the outskirts of the city and, with a deformed assistant, has been experimenting on human bodies. The doctor's work has also aroused the interest of several foreign agents, including the exotic Satanna. When a beautiful lab technician is mutilated, Holman sets a trap for DeMarco by planting another woman in the lab as bait. The scheme works; one of the astro-zombies attacks the woman, is driven off, and then trailed to DeMarco's mansion. Satanna and her henchmen have also located the doctor through a frequency rectifier. Holman and his men quickly surround the house, trapping Satanna inside with DeMarco and the zombies. As the astro-creatures begin butchering indiscriminately, Satanna shoots DeMarco, but not before he has thrown a master switch that destroys the mansion and its ... +


Following several brutal murders in which the victims' vital organs are ripped from their bodies, CIA Chief Holman concludes that Dr. DeMarco, the former head of the Astro Space Laboratory, has created an astro-man with a defective brain. DeMarco, who has been missing since his dismissal from the space center, has hidden himself in an old mansion on the outskirts of the city and, with a deformed assistant, has been experimenting on human bodies. The doctor's work has also aroused the interest of several foreign agents, including the exotic Satanna. When a beautiful lab technician is mutilated, Holman sets a trap for DeMarco by planting another woman in the lab as bait. The scheme works; one of the astro-zombies attacks the woman, is driven off, and then trailed to DeMarco's mansion. Satanna and her henchmen have also located the doctor through a frequency rectifier. Holman and his men quickly surround the house, trapping Satanna inside with DeMarco and the zombies. As the astro-creatures begin butchering indiscriminately, Satanna shoots DeMarco, but not before he has thrown a master switch that destroys the mansion and its occupants. +

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