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Space Zombies / The Space Vampires

USA 1968
produced by
Ted V. Mikels, Kenneth Altose (executive), Wayne Rogers (executive) for Ram Ltd
directed by Ted V. Mikels
starring Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, Joan Patrick, Tura Satana, Rafael Campos, Joe Hoover, Victor Izay, William Bagdad, Vincent Barbi, Egon Sirany, Jean Pirie, John Hopkins, Janis Saul, Wally K.Berns, Vic Lance, Lynette Lantz, Rod Wilmoth, Barbara Richards, Wally Moon
written by Ted V. Mikels, Wayne Rogers, music by Nicholas Carras (as Nico Karaski)

Astro Zombies

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Someone is killing people and dismembering/mutilating their bodies. Holman (an obviously drunk Wendell Corey), the boss of the secret service, immediately suspects it has to do with Astro Zombies - artificially created humans made to survive even in space - and thus sends his best agents Eric Porter (Tom Pace) and Chuck Edwards (Joe Hoover) to track down Doctor De Marco (John Carradine), who has once worked on the Astro Zombies for the gouvernment but has since being fired for unethical behaviour and gone into hiding ... and of course, he still works on the Astro Zombies, actually he has even finished one, but this one has the brain of a killer and occasionally goes out on a killing spree. And for some reason, the Astro Zombie homes in on Janine (Joan Patrick), Doc De Marco's former assistant and coincidently Eric's girlfriend When Eric valiantly defends Janinehe knocks off the zombies power supply, so the Astro Zombie, living on solar energy, flees with a torch pressed to his forehead - which iof course looks really goofy. Eric however is quick to notice that the zombie might lead them to Doctor De Marco - clever boy, he.

Meanwhile, a trio of foreign agents (Tura Satana, Rafael Campos, Vincent Barbi) pay good Doc De Marco a visit to get their hands on his invention, but when the Astro Zombie and the police arrive at the scene as well, all hell breaks loose, and eventually Doc De Marco turns off his murdering Astro Zombie, Tura Satana kills him in cold blood, the Doc's second, newly created Astro Zombie kills Tura, and in the end he is electrocuted - and the world is saved from the menace of Astro Zombies ... at least for the time being.

The weird looking William Bagdad plays Doc De Marco's weird looking hunchbacked assistant Franchot, who for no apparent reason has a girl (Barbara Richards) strapped to a table.

 

Of course, as even the title suggests, Astro Zombies is trash, utter trash, it's badly written and, sloppily directed, and it suffers from a serius lack of budget. That all said,  Astro Zombies is also wonderful, it seems to be entirely made up of increasingly wacky scenes, the masks of the Astro Zombies looking like plastic skulls are priceless, the credit sequence featuring plastic toy robots that have nothing to do with the film is hilarious, the team of John Carradine and assistant William Bagdad is humourous to say the least, and just following the plot and recognizing its inconsistencies and totally useless scenes is fun all by itself.

If you're at all into bad movies, this one's a must-see.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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