The Astro-Zombies (1968)

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The Astro-Zombies, aka Space Zombies aka The Space Vampires, is a 1968 American science fiction horror film written, directed, and produced by Ted V. Mikels.

The film stars John Carradine, Wendell Corey (in his final film appearance) and Tura Satana.

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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.

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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. A third—and last movie—was be released in 2010 called Astro Zombies M3: Cloned.

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American horror punk band the Misfits recorded a song entitled “Astro Zombies”, released on their 1982 album, Walk Among Us.

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Buy The Astro-Zombies on DVD at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

“The (sorta) zombies certainly look unique, with their sport jackets and dime-store skull masks. And they are solar powered(!), which becomes evident in my favorite scene in the film, where one of the creatures runs off while holding a flashlight to his forehead after losing his battery pack in a scuffle. It could certainly have used a few more scenes of ridiculousness.” Movie Feast

“The trip getting there isn’t the easiest, but the payoff is wonderfully ‘68. I can’t explain the joy that the last bit of The Astro-Zombies brings me, but it is something like seeing those darn shrew dogs in The Killer Shrews.” Oh! the Horror

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Buy: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

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Posted by Will Holland



Categories: 1960s, Blu-ray, zombie

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1 reply

  1. A total drag if you ask me (which you didn’t but thanks anyway). I love a good B-feast as much as the next time waster but too much off this was drawn out and dull for me to get onboard with. With a name like “Astro-Zombies” and being made in the 60’s I was up for some swirly, psychedelic, fast-paced, japes but I remember one scene where some scientist chap is just arsing about with a cruddy looking device in what looked like his dads garage for an age, twiddling knobs and pissing about with tubing ad-infinitum, until I just wanted to frisbee the dvd into the sun.

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