The Astro-Zombies – USA, 1968 – overview and reviews

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

The movie stars John Carradine, Wendell Corey (in his final film appearance) and Tura Satana. It has also been released as Space Zombies and The Space Vampires.


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.


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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“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

“The storyline is impossible to follow … the sci-fi aspects don’t enthrall and the thrill aspects don’t shock…” Variety


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


2 Comments on “The Astro-Zombies – USA, 1968 – overview and reviews”

  1. Sad part is how the whole Indie-movie thing is really a B-movie fest. Otherwise we would be seeing a lot more “Clerks” clones and maybe some “Super-violence”, or even “Sexpliotations”. Instead we choose to wave the lame Indie flag around for G-rated sake.

  2. 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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