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
Enjoyable documentary about the 60+ year career of director Ted V.
Mikels who is best known for his low-budget flicks like THE
ASTRO-ZOMBIES, THE CORPSE GRINDERS and BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE DEVILS.
This film runs just over two hours and they actually have John Waters
doing the narration and Mikels himself gets quite a bit of screen time.
The director discusses the previously mentioned films as well as THE
DOLL SQUAD, his 80s war films and of course his most recent work like
THE CORPSE GRINDERS 2 and MARK OF THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES. There's certainly
nothing overly terrific about this documentary but at the same time
it's the only thing we currently have that takes a look at Mikels and
his work. What makes the documentary worth watching is the interview
with Mikels where he shares his stories about the making of his films
as well as some of the criticism he has received over the years. The
director comes across as an entertaining and charming person and
certainly someone you'd love to discuss films with. It's that same
thing that left me somewhat disappointed that the film didn't focus
more on his long career. We brief get shown his editing equipment and
we hear him say a couple times where he had to sell everything he owned
to get a movie made. These stories are the most interesting thing here
so I really wouldn't have enjoyed more of this stuff. This guy stuck
around the business long after most had went into something else or
simply retired so it would have been more entertaining hearing some of
the stories about the trouble with low-budget films and how money did
have to be raised. Francine York, Shanti and Tura Satana are among
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