THE WILD WORLD OF TED V. MIKELS, a new documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels (no blood relation to Ted, but the same spirit), is a rollicking look at the independent cinema and film pioneering...
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THE WILD WORLD OF TED V. MIKELS, a new documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels (no blood relation to Ted, but the same spirit), is a rollicking look at the independent cinema and film pioneering of Ted V. Mikels, who has been producing films for over 60 years. Way before limited-budget action films became termed as "grindhouse," Ted was wowing audiences with his own special brand of guts, gore, humor, violence and most of all -- style. THE CORPSE GRINDERS 1 + 2, THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES, 10 VIOLENT WOMEN, MISSION: KILLFAST, THE BLACK KLANSMAN, THE DOLL SQUAD, THE WORM EATERS and GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS are some of Ted's films that have made their cinematic mark. In one WILD WORLD documentary segment, Ted demonstrates techniques of how to shoot an independent film. Superstar actress-model Masuimi Max and Black Betty (After Dark Films "Miss Horrorfest") work together with Ted, as he shows them how a scene ought to be played, with hilarious results. "I learned more with Ted in one day than I have in ... Written by
THE WILD WORLD OF TED V. MIKELS is a straight documentary exploring the career of the cult Z-grade American director, directed by his own son. It takes a traditional approach to the narrative, beginning with Mikels' origins as a stage magician before moving on to his film career in a chronological order.
As usual, copious clips from the films discussed are the order of the day here, along with interview footage. Mikels himself is a verbose character and the likes of Tura Satana show up to add insight. It's an entertaining career retrospective, and dare I say it, more enjoyable than pretty much all of the films actually directed by Mikels himself.
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