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The Astro-Zombies (1968)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  19 May 1968 (USA)
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The Plan - to build a super human; How? - by murdering innocent convenient victims and using various bits of them; The Result - Creatures on the rampage.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. DeMarco
Tom Pace ...
Eric Porter
Joan Patrick ...
Janine Norwalk
Rafael Campos ...
Joe Hoover ...
Chuck Edwards (as Joseph Hoover)
Dr. Petrovich
William Bagdad ...
Vincent Barbi ...
Egon Sirany ...
Sergio Demozhenin
Jean Pirie ...
Woman killed in garage
John Hopkins ...
Det. Thompson
Janis Saul ...
Wally K. Berns ...
(as Wally Berns)


After being fired from the Space Agency, the disgruntled (not to mention crazy) Dr. DeMarco creates an Astroman from a criminal's dead body. However, he loses control of his creation, which goes on a killing spree, attracting the attention of an international spy ring and the CIA. Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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Dismembered Bodies, Transplanted Organs, Are Used To Create The...


Horror | Sci-Fi


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19 May 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Space Vampires  »

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Peter Falk was originally slated to have a cameo in this film. However, director Ted V. Mikels cut Falk's scene, saying that Falk was too comedic for what he saw as a serious role in a sci-fi/horror film. See more »


Tura's dress is pink when she shoots the guy in her apartment, then is green when they get back from trying to drive away with the body then it turns back to pink again when they are proceeding from taking care of the other guy to going to search for the mad doctor's lab. See more »


Dr. DeMarco: Your own experiments will have to wait. Dr De Marco to Assistant who is menacing the girl strapped to the table.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Corpse Grinders (2011) See more »

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Not everyone's kettle of cheese...
14 March 2004 | by (North Hollyweird) – See all my reviews

I will admit the pace of this movie is leaden at times, making it tough sledding. But I do believe this film could be edited down into an AMAZING B-movie horror/cheese fest lasting 55-60 minutes.

Personally,what I love about the film is its everything-but-the-kitchen-sink script. We are treated to the greatest hits of exploitation movie-making, all in one film, including: mad scientist, mute hunchback lab assistant, rampaging monsters, zombies, aliens, slashers that kill big-breasted women, brain transplantation, spaceships, spies, the CIA, naked go-go dancers and evil dragon ladies.

Let's not forget my favorite bit: a doppleganger for a shirtless Ed "Big Daddy" Roth wailing away on the bongos, miming (badly) to a pre-recorded music track (no other musicians are seen!), while a body-painted topless go-go dancer wriggles away.


About the only elements that Ted Mikels missed were vampires, bikers, and giant insects! Who can resist the lovely Tura Satana with her evil makeup and low-cut evening gowns? Plus some nice color footage of L.A. in the Sixties. And of course the brilliantly stupid credit sequence with the tiny toy robots!

I urge fans of hardcore weirdness/Cheese to check this out. For less casual fans, you might want to wait until you have committed the complete works of Ed Wood to memory. Only then will you be in the proper frame of mind to truly appreciate this cinema (non) landmark.

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