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The Astro-Zombies (with optional RiffTrax) [Blu-ray]
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Newly Re-mastered in HD! A film that has it all… a mad astro-scientist (John Carradine, House of the Long Shadows) reviving corpses at his laboratory; two gore-crazed, solar-powered killer robot zombies; a bloody trail of girl-next-door victims; Chinese communist spies; deadly Mexican secret agents led by the insanely voluptuous Tura Satana (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and intrepid CIA agent Wendell Corey (The Killer is Loose) hot on their trail and trying to figure it all out! This cult favorite was written, produced and directed by cult legend, Ted Mikels (One Shocking Moment, Blood Orgy of the She-Devils) melds into a high-powered fusion the films of Ed Wood, Russ Meyer and George Romero with undead cannibal gore chills… hot-pants sexploitation thrills… '60's sci-fi mumbo-jumbo and Cold War espionage intrigue.
Bonus Features: Audio Commentary by Writer/Producer/Director Ted V. Mikels | Optional RiffTrax Commentary by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett | Audio Commentary by Horror Cinema Historian Chris Alexander | Original Theatrical Trailer
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Mikels, never a fan of tight plotting, outdoes himself in the incoherence of this story. John Carradine, playing a mad scientist for the millionth time, revives the dead in an effort to preserve the world's most brilliant minds; what he gets are bulletproof, skull-faced zombies obsessed with tearing the clothes off the women they attack. Sleazy government agents, who could belong to the FBI, the CIA, or the NRBQ for all the movie cares, race double-D spy Tura Satana and her minions to find Carradine and his leering, hunchbacked assistant first.
The movie deserves and gets the full RiffTrax treatment: it's got enough blatant sexism, amateurish acting, mumbled dialogue, mismatched shots, shoddy, zero-budget sets, tedious car-parking and knob-twiddling scenes, and vertigo-inducing whip pans for two or three movies. Director Mikels and horror historian Chris Alexander provide two additional audio commentaries for those who can't get enough of ASTRO ZOMBIES. Kudos to Kino Lorber for the reversible blu-ray inlay card. Both illustrations are ridiculous, but it's nice to have options.
But now there's an actual reason to buy the movie after the MS3K crew gave it the riffing it so desperately deserves. There were times I laughed so hard at their jokes that I had trouble breathing. Other commentators correctly noted that there were audio issues where you couldn't hear the movie, but if you've heard the dialog you wouldn't mind missing some parts.