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An alien spaceship lands on earth, and sends out a legion of zombies
with machetes to slaughter us earthlings. Only those worthy are spared and
abducted - or those trying to find a way to fight the zombies ... which of
course doesn't make all that much sense.
Enter Malvira (Tura Satana),
who thinks the zombies are the making of her old foe, Dr De Marco (see the
first Astro Zombies), whose
head is kept alive by his former assistant Dr Mikacevich (Ted V.Mikels) -
so she kills them both to get her hands on the Astro-Zombie-formula ...
and when she finds out they didn't have it either, that doesn't slow her
down one bit, she starts trying to sell the formula to evil foreign powers
anyways, and plans to try to obtain the formula en route. To that end, she
abducts Cindy (Brinke Stevens), a journalist reporting on the
Astro-Zombies, and her FBI-agent boyfriend Jeff (Sean Morelli), who's
working on the Astro-Zombie-case, and when she finds out they don't have
the formula either (and why would they), she plans to kill them in one of
her little Astro-Zombie presentations, with her assistant Zokar (Scott
Blacksher) playing the role of the zombie - but Jeff and Cindy's friend
Mac, another FBI-agent, saves them just in time, shoots Zokar, and Zokar
falls into Malvira, slashing her with his machete in the process.
what about the real Astro-Zombies ?
Good question. Apparently, some
alien police force stops by earth to hunt down the alien invaders, kills
them, and with the invaders dead, the Astro-Zombies just disintegrate.
original Astro Zombies from
1968 was a trash masterpiece, a film so cheap, silly and over-the-top one
can't help but loving it. Mark of the Astro-Zombies, the
long-awaited (?) sequel made 34 years later, is unfortunately less so.
Sure, it's stillcheap and silly, but somehow, the enthusiasm of the
original film has gone missing, replaced by a rather impersonal
shot-on-video-style, the script is so crammed with subplots it repeatedly
loses direction, and the aliens look too intentionally camp to really work
in the context of the film.
That all said, Mark of the Astro-Zombies
isn't an all bad film, writer/director Mikels at least seems to be aware
of the film's camp value, at least in part the film is played
tongue-in-cheek, and the scenes with the Astro-Zombies running through the
streets slashing people with machetes have instant cult value.