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.
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).