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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Additional bios coming soon

  • Kevin Sean Michaels - Director, Producer

    Kevin Sean Michaels at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Kevin Sean Michaels is a visual artist, actor, lecturer, filmmaker and producer based in New York City. His first documentary was the award-winning Vampira: The Movie, which features interviews with Maila "Vampira" Nurmi, Sid Haig, Julie Strain, Kevin Eastman . . . read more

  • Theodora Michaels - legal

    Theodora K. Michaels has been working in the music industry since 1987, and in the film industry since 1995. She and her husband, Kevin Sean Michaels, co-own VAMP Productions . . . read more


    (The rest alphabetically)
  • Ramzi Abed - camera operator

  • Alexia Anastasio - camera operator

  • Christopher Wayne Curry - writer of narration

  • Mike Gaiss - logo animation

  • Ari Lehman - composer

    Ari Lehman in a diabolical mood

    A native New Yorker, Ari grew up in Westport, CT, where he was trained in classical music and jazz piano by Gay Mehegan, a professional jazz pianist well-known for her unique use of voicings and harmony on the instrument. Recognized at an early age for his musical abilities . . . read more

  • William D. McDonald - camera operator

  • Ted V. Mikels - camera operator

  • Terrence Smith - editor, title logo design

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