In 1968, director Ted V. Mikels created “Astro-Zombies”, a film that is still celebrated today as the epitome of the “science fiction trash genre”. With its unique blend of horror, science fiction and camp aesthetics, this film became firmly anchored in the culture of cult cinema.

In the film, John Carradine acts as a discredited space explorer with his criminally created solar-powered killer robots against Tura Satana, a Mexican spy who tries to put a stop to him with Wendell Corey, here as a CIA agent.

John Carradine, known for his versatile roles and deeply rooted in American film history through classics such as “Grapes of Wrath”, embodies a discredited space explorer in “Astro-Zombies”. His character has a dazzling presence that forms the center of the film. Carradine’s character has developed an army of killer robots created from criminals and powered by solar energy, a premise that is both absurd and intriguing.

Tura Satana, best known for her role in “The Satanic Wives of Tittfield”, plays a Mexican spy who tries to thwart Carradine’s plans. Her performance is powerful and seductive, making her a perfect foil to Carradine’s charismatic scientist. At her side is Wendell Corey, known from Alfred Hitchcock‘s “The Window to the Courtyard”, who can be seen here in the role of a CIA agent. Corey brings a serious, tense atmosphere to the film, which stands in stark contrast to the exaggerated and grotesque elements of the story.

Astro-Zombies” is not only known for its story, but also for the unconventional elements that Mikels weaves into the film: from visible, explicit violence to naked skin and unexpected dance interludes. This mixture makes the film a “trash grenade” that will delight and shock lovers of the genre at the same time.

The film reflects Mikels’ ability to make extremely low-budget productions that nevertheless have an enormous cultural impact. Despite – or perhaps because of – its obvious technical flaws and exaggerated depiction, “Astro-Zombies” became a cult classic that still has a loyal fan base decades later.

Astro-Zombies” remains an unforgettable experience for fans of B-movie cinema and is a prime example of how creativity and passion can push the boundaries of what is possible in the film industry. It is a movie that shows that even with limited means, entertaining and influential works can be created that fascinate and amuse viewers.

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Mediabook (Blu-ray & DVD) | picture format full screen 1.85:1 / 1080p 24 | Blu-ray running time: 92 min.; DVD running time: 88 min. | sound formats: German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 | bonus material: trailer, booklet | with removable FSK sticker | FSK 16

Astro-Zombies | Trailer (German) ᴴᴰ

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