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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Astro-Zombies (1968)

The Astro-Zombies is a total WTF, red hot mess.  The movie includes long, boring completely unnecessary laboratory scenes, a bongo player with a topless painted lady dancing exotically, a space being with a K-mart purchased mask who is on a killing spree, and so much more (or less as the case may be).  Why veteran character actor John Carradine is in this one is beyond me.  He was obviously desperate for a paycheck!
This is the kind of film only the late 60's/early 70's could birth.  The screenplay is completely all over the place and vacillates from Sci-Fi to a slasher flick to a crime caper to a mad scientist story.  Total trash.  The fact that Ted V. Mikels has 23 films credited to his name is a mystery to me.  He is also listed as the executive producer of Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973) which is also a total piece of dookie.  The most frightening thing, however is that this film spawned two sequels: Mark of the Astro-Zombies (2002) and Astro Zombies: M3 - Cloned (2010).  Good Lord deliver us!
I watched Astro-Zombies because of the lure of "zombie" in the title.  As P.T. Barnum stated "There's a sucker born every minute."  There is a lot of talk about zombies, but very little zombie action that I saw, gut-munching, Haitian voodoo or otherwise.  Do not watched this movie.  You've been warned!
RATING: Bad. (As in really bad.)
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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