The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels

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Who is Ted V. Mikels?

American filmmaker Ted V. Mikels holds a unique position as one of the most unconventional directors of exploitation cinema. Famous for his eccentric home life (he once lived with a harem in a castle with secret passageways) and promotional gimmicks (he was known for having nurses and ambulances on hand to assist "scared-to-death" moviegoers), Mikels is now considered a pioneering master of low-budget movie making.

Examples of Mikels' influence can be seen everywhere: from music (punk band The Misfits wrote a tribute song called "The Astro-Zombies"), to Mikels' film The Doll Squad being the template for the television series Charlie's Angels, to inspiring the look of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.

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Meet filmmaker Kevin Sean Michaels at Monsterpalooza

Monsterpalooza presents:
The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels
with Filmmaker Kevin Sean Michaels in person.
Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Independent grindhouse movie maverick Ted V. Mikels, who is celebrating his 60th anniversary making movies - wowed audiences with his own special brand of guts, gore, violence, and dark humor. From the grisly The Corpse Grinders, the early slasher epic The Astro-Zombies, to the far-out Girl in Gold Boots, Blood Orgy of the She-Devils and countless others, Mikels tells his story for the first time in The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels by award-winning documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels, director of Vampira: The Movie.

Ted shares stories of the William Castle-esque movie premieres that included nurses and ambulances on hand at the theaters to assist "scared-to-death" moviegoers. Plus, he reveals for the first time details of his private life in the sprawling Sparr Castle in California with a harem of women called the Castle Ladies!

Starring: Tura Satana (Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, The Astro-Zombies) and Ted V. Mikels. Narrated by John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Cecil B. Demented and Hairspray).

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