Release dateMay 1968 WriterTed V. Mikels (screenplay), Wayne Rogers (screenplay) ScreenplayTed V. Mikels, Wayne Rogers CastWendell Corey (Holman), John Carradine (Dr. DeMarco), Tom Pace (Eric Porter), Joan Patrick (Janine Norwalk), Tura Satana (Satana), Rafael Campos (Juan) Similar moviesHalloween, A Serbian Film, Knock Knock, Mad Max: Fury Road, Turkey Shoot, The Rage: Carrie 2
TaglineDismembered Bodies, Transplanted Organs, Are Used To Create The...
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The Astro-Zombies ‒ sometimes known as The Astro Zombies (without the hyphenation), Space Zombies and The Space Vampires ‒ is a 1968 science fiction horror film starring John Carradine, Wendell Corey (in his final film appearance) and Tura Satana. It was written, directed and produced by Ted V. Mikels.
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.
Wendell Corey as Holman
John Carradine as Dr. DeMarco
Tom Pace as Eric Porter
Joan Patrick as Janine Norwalk
Tura Satana as Satana
Rafael Campos as Juan
Joseph Hoover as Chuck Edwards
Victor Izay as Dr. Petrovich
William Bagdad as Franchot
Vincent Barbi as Tyros
Vic Lance as the chauffeur
Egon Sirany as Sergio Demozhenin
Rod Wilmoth as Astro-Zombie
The Astro-Zombies was filmed on a low budget of $37,000, with $3,000 of the budget used to pay Carradine. The film would be Mikels' last collaboration with Wayne Rogers from M*A*S*H fame, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film.
The film has received negative reviews from critics, with some regarding the film as the worst film ever made.
David Cornelius from eFilmCritic.com gave the film an extremely negative 1 out of 5 stars, calling it the worst film ever made and panning the film's acting, its "painful-to-the-eyes production values" and the film's absence of reason. Leonard Maltin awarded the film the lowest possible rating of Bomb, calling it "yet another nominee for worst picture of all time".
In addition to the 2002 sequel Mark of the Astro-Zombies and 2010's Astro Zombies M3: Cloned, a fourth and final film, Astro Zombies M4: Invaders from Cyberspace, was released in 2012.
American horror punk band the Misfits recorded a song titled "Astro Zombies", released on their 1982 album, Walk Among Us. The lyrics, by frontman Glenn Danzig, were written from the perspective of mad scientist Dr. DeMarco.