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Astro Zombies [VHS] (1968)

Wendell Corey , John Carradine , Ted V. Mikels  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, Joan Patrick, Tura Satana
  • Directors: Ted V. Mikels
  • Writers: Ted V. Mikels, Wayne Rogers
  • Producers: Ted V. Mikels, Kenneth Altose, Wayne Rogers
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: December 26, 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051S7N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Finally, the film that has it all! A mad astro-scientist ("B" horror king John Carradine) reviving corpses at his laboratory in a secluded mansion, two gore-crazed, solar-powered killer robot zombies, a bloody trail of girl-next-door victims, Chinese communist spies and deadly Mexican secret agents led by the insanely voluptuous Tura Satana (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and intrepid CIA agent Wendell Corey hot on their trail and trying to figure it all out! Almost too much for one movie; must be seen to be believed! A high-powered fusion of Ed Wood, Russ Meyer and George Romero! Co-written and co-produced by television star Wayne Rogers (M*A*S*H).

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No! Not The Emotional Quotient Rectifier! January 20, 2004
Format:DVD
Oh, where to start? The movie, co-produced by Wayne Rogers (Trapper John from M*A*S*H) is a bit difficult to follow, which is not one little bit surprising seeing that it is the directorial brainchild of Ted V. Mikels. The plot is fairly typical B movie fare, but has a few subplots and distractors to keep the viewer on their toes. The movie shows off the ample talents of Tura Satana as much as possible in the lead role of ruthless Chinese spy. She and her two henchmen (one is a Hispanic man who may be supposed to be Cuban, all we know is that he likes to dance around with his switchblade a lot, the other is a cranky old coot who reminds me of Abe Vigoda with constipation) are trying to get the secrets of lunatic scientist John Carradine's Astro Zombie project. When John enters the film, the problems start.
Carradine and his conveniently mute French Igor character, 'Franchot", work in a lab in a huge mansion bringing back people from the dead. This is not a good situation. While Tura is pretty (as are the good lab assistant women we meet later), and the spies vs. the CIA subplot is kind of interesting, as soon as they show the lab I cringe because only one thing happens there: Carradine explains every painful little bit of his procedures to Franchot is pseudo-science technobabble like "We must feed this memory circuit through the emotional quotient rectifier!" This just never ends. Apparently Wayne Rogers picked up a physics textbook, flipped to the glossary and started writing. Man, the Carradine stuff is just painful. The only thing that is good about John's lab is his equipment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an endearing guilty pleasure September 15, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I have a lot of affection for this film. I first learned about it from the Misfit's song Astrozombies and then I stumbled across Mark Of The Astrozombies (the sequel to this movie) on video. I was astounded! I then tracked down the original on DVD and it was love at first sight. I loved the great DVD cover featuring an Astrozombie attacking a beautiful female and those great cheesy blurbs like "See: Astro Space Laboratory"! Great stuff! I put this disc into my DVD player, hit play, and I had a blast! It's been magic ever since. Folks this infamous bad movie has become like a beloved retarded relative to me. Sure it's slow in spots (it would have played better if it were only a little more than an hour long so keep your finger on the fast-forward button) but it's got plenty of entertaining moments that I adore. Truly a gulity pleasure. The sequel is something else too. Wait 'til you see the living severed head of John Carradine in that one! Mark Of The Astrozombies is a fine follow-up and an even more enjoyable gulity pleasure. Ted V. Mikels has gotten better with age! THANKS TED!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If You See John Carradine, Go Fix A Snack... June 24, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Astro Zombies has two major flaws. #1- Not nearly enough of Tura Satana! Of course, I could watch a 3 hour movie of her just standing around smoking cigarettes!! #2- Way, WAY too much meaningless babbling from John Carradine (as the astro-scientist)! Listening to him explain everything to his henchman "Franchot" is like watching your mother-in-law knit! His scenes (which take up like a third or more of the movie) are excruciatingly painful to both mind and body! They drag on and on until inducing a coma-like state. A limbo between suicide and hysteria. The rest of the flick is cool enough, with it's solar powered zombies, spies, thugs, cops, murder & mayhem, etc. Ted V. Mikels ain't no Hitchcock, but he just might be hitch's neighbor's brother's gardener. Enjoy...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very cerebral, but entertaining. December 22, 2003
Format:DVD
Lets face it. The point in making a movie like Astro Zombies is not to win an Oscar, it is to take 10K$ and turn it into 50K$. The flick opens with a shapely middle aged woman driving what is now a vintage Mustang convertable through her "Malibu" neighborhood while listening to upbeat elevator music on the radio. I know this because the camera made a point to film the radio twice. Well as soon as she parks her car in the garage, even with the barking dog outside trying to warn her, an Astro Zombies' smoke alarm goes off and she gets nailed. A promising beginning eh.
We have a host of bumbling C I A men trying to track down the zombie. How we ever survived the cold war is a mystery to me. Now the spies: Satana,representing Red China. Juan, representing Cuba. Yes, and there was an Oaf from the DDR. Satana had to be the worst spy in history. The only interrogation she performed was on one of the Bumble Bureau agents. She asked him. "Who are you?" (Something Juan had already learned from his wallet ID.) When he doesn't answer she burns him with a cigarette and tells the others to kill him.Alas, cigarettes were only .30$ a pack back then, so she could afford to have a little fun. Then when she finally confronts Carradine who plays the mad scientist that created the zombies, she tells him they want his knowledge. Lo' and behold the first time he does something she doesn't like she shoots him in the back. Satanas' great looks make up for her lack of interest in James Bond Movies of the time. But, I beleive even Bubba the redneck could take one look at her and tell that, "That's a commie spy."
Now Juan, looks like a Hispanic member of the Monkees. He loves to kill folks with his switchblade. I know this because he appears to have an orgasm every time he makes a kill.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty stupid, but fun to watch
I remembered this movie from seeing it once many years ago when I guess it first came out. I just wanted to see it again and now I have. Read more
Published 1 month ago by modelcarman
5.0 out of 5 stars Misfits Brought Me Here
With just a touch of my burning hand
I send my astro zombies to rape the land
Prime directive, exterminate
The whole human race
And your face drops in a pile of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D-Electronica
5.0 out of 5 stars Well ....
This series of films is exactly what you should expect. Cheesy fun - this is the "best" of the four. Set your rational mind aside and enjoy it.
Published 10 months ago by J. Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars Astro Zombies
Astro Zombies is first rate shlock.So bad it's good.Complete with faded stars, cult stars and inane dialogue. A must for fans of bad B movies.
Published 20 months ago by jon
2.0 out of 5 stars Soft porn disguised as sci-fi.
This made for T.V. movie has all the trappings of independent films. Notice the unique credits shown over toy tanks and toy robots. Read more
Published 20 months ago by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars Tin-toy robots and Tura Satana... how can U go wrong?!
If yer looking for 'The English Patient' keep right on walkin'... but if you want Tura Satana at her best (not! - that would be "Faster, Pussycat! Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by TexFX
1.0 out of 5 stars Makes 'Plan 9' seem like 'Citizen Kane.'
Makes 'Plan 9' seem like 'Citizen Kane.' Beyond awful. I like a goofy, crappy movie as much as the next guy but this is just too much. Clearly viewed by John Waters as a child. Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by Signor Emanuel Ravelli
2.0 out of 5 stars true shlock but the print is bad.
this is one of those thrown together microbudget flicks of the 60's. I like it but it's not the best put together movie you'll ever see for sure. Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Michael Dobey
3.0 out of 5 stars Astro Zombies
The Astro Zombies Certainly NOT a good movie at all by any means, But this is the first film I have seen With Tura Satana And WOW! I like the fact it's fighting commies. Read more
Published on September 27, 2010 by Jose Lopez
2.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as bad as you've heard, but certainly not good.
The Astro-Zombies (Ted V. Mikels, 1968)

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