2 user 1 critic

The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (2008)

0:41 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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... See full summary »


(narration written by)
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

Lorraine and Mark enter the world of witchcraft where Mara foretells the future and helps them remember their past lives. When a series of mysterious murders begin to occur, they turn to Dr. Helsford for advice.

Director: Ted V. Mikels
Stars: Lila Zaborin, Victor Izay, Tom Pace
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

When the Lotus Cat Food Company finds itself in financial trouble, the owners decide to find a new, cheap source of meat -- the local graveyard. Only one problem -- soon cats develop a ... See full summary »

Director: Ted V. Mikels
Stars: Sean Kenney, Monika Kelly, Sanford Mitchell
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

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.

Director: Ted V. Mikels
Stars: Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace
Horror | Thriller

Landau, the young owner of "Lotus Cat Food", is struggling to keep the company alive as business is worse than expected. Landau is broke and down on his luck and can no longer afford to pay... See full summary »

Director: Timo Rose
Stars: Shawn C. Phillips, Donna Hamblin, Ted V. Mikels
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Squad of beautiful government agents tries to catch saboteurs.

Director: Ted V. Mikels
Stars: Michael Ansara, Francine York, Anthony Eisley
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

A group of women miners get fed up with their lifestyle and decide to try crime. After successfully pulling off a jewelry store robbery, they fail to sell the jewelry and are forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Ted V. Mikels
Stars: Sherri Vernon, Dixie Lauren, Sally Alice Gamble
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night.

Director: Jim Hosking
Stars: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo


Cast overview:
Himself / Narrator
Ted V. Mikels ...
Lila Zaborin ...
Shanti ...
Herself (as Wendy O. Altamura)
Sean Morelli ...
Cory Udler ...
Himself (as Cory J. Udler)
Amanda Jade ...
Herself (as Amanda Hamblin)
Dr. Max
Jessica Chisum ...
Alexia Anastasio ...


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 VAMP Productions

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Official Sites:



Release Date:

31 October 2008 (USA)  »

Box Office


$10,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Features Ten Violent Women (1982) See more »


Ted V. Mikels
Words and Music by Smokey Miles
Performed by Count Smokula
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Decent Look at Mikels' Work
2 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Wild World of Ted V. Mikels, The (2008)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

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 those interviewed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: