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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... See full summary »

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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessica Chisum ...
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Herself (as Amanda Hamblin)
Dr. Max
Ted V. Mikels ...
Shanti ...
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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 VAMP Productions

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

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