The Monster Mash - 08/17/09 - A Look At Smaller Monster Movie Productions
Yes, film maker Ted V. Mikels is still making "Astro-Zombie" movies after 40+ years. His latest creation, entitled, "Astro-Zombies M3: Cloned", is now in the early stages of development.
For those of you who don't know, Mikels made the first film in this series way back in 1968. That film, which was simply titled "Astro-Zombies", starred John Carradine, Wendell Corey and Tura Satana. The film became an instant 'cult-classic'. In 2002 the film maker revisited the story in a direct-to-video sequel called, "Mark of the Astro-Zombies", that film once again starred cult movie icon Tura Satana.
Mikels was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to send us two brand new promo images, one from the upcoming Kevin Sean Michaels documentary "The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels", and another from the upcoming "Astro-Zombies" sequel. (above and below)
The First Look At Vorax From "Galactic Raiders"
Here is another indie monster flick that I hadn't heard anything about since about February or so.
Film maker Larry Arpin has gained my ultimate respect because he has chosen to make the special effects in his film, "Galactic Raiders", the 'old-school' way using stop-motion animated monsters.
Arpin was kind enough to send over a pic that features the main monster from the film called, "Vorax". The director notes that the background in this shot isn't what will appear in the final film and that there is still some touch-up work to be done on the monster, but this should give everyone a good idea what the final product should look like.
Here is the synopsis from the Galactic Raiders website:
GALACTIC RAIDERS is an independently produced motion picture on 35mm film with Ray Harryhausen style of special effects.The story centers around Rymir (Danny Fehsenfeld), who's girlfriend, Laura (Erica Howard), is kidnapped by Acastus (Elliot Eddie) and transported to another planet. On this 'other planet' is a powerful crystal, sought after by all peoples of the universe, including the Pharilleans, Acastus' people. Also, on this planet is Rosanna (Moksha McPherrin), wife of...well, I won't spoil it for you. Following Rymir to the 'other planet' are Cyrus (Joseph Arpin) and Bellus (Lloyd Lee Barnett), Acastus' accomplices.
The Conquered: Curse of the Shaman
Here's one that I learned about through my buddy Avery Guerra a couple of weeks back that I just didn't have time to write about until now.
It's an indie horror film being directed by Benjamin Cooper called, "The Conquered: Curse of the Shaman". As we all now from watching reruns of the "X-Files", the Native Americans of this great country are a very spiritual people who know more about the 'other-side' then anyone else. We also know, that on occasion, they can summon their ancestors, or evil spirits, to do their dirty work. Such is the case here.
Here's the plot from director Benjamin Cooper:
In this horror story, a Shaman’s daughter reanimates the mummified corpse of an ancient Indian brave to punish those that accidentally killed her father while trespassing in a sacred burial ground"
As I always say, "We need to respect the Native American people for they have been treated unfairly by we settlers from far away lands. We took away their land and their sources for food and clothing to expand this country. Ours is a history of shame."
....and if we don't respect them, they will unleash the undead on us.
Here are some photos from "The Conquered: Curse of the Shaman":
See Also: Ted V. Mikels Is Still Making More Astro-Zombies / Sara Dunn Photo Shoot And Casting News / Behind The Scenes Photos From Galactic Raiders / Galactic Raiders - Making Larry Arpin's Dream Come True