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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Videos

Grindhouse! John Waters on The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels

Ted V. Mikels in San Francisco with Peaches Christ

Some excerpts from the Ted V. Mikels grindhouse tribute at The Clay Theatre in September, 2008 with host Peaches Christ and guests Shanti and Kevin Sean Michaels discussing The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels, narrated by John Waters.

Getting a Head Start on Ted V. Mikels' Astro-Zombies M3 Cloned

Ted V. Mikels' Astro Zombie M3: Cloned- Location Scouting

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