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R.I.P. – Ted V. Mikels

Any way you look at it, Theodore Vincent Mikacevich, better known to the world as filmmaker Ted V. Mikels, was a legend. Whether you are a fan of his movies or not, he was able to produce features in the ever changing world of the movie business for over fifty years and make them exactly the way he wanted which is no easy accomplishment.  The twenty plus features he directed ranged from gritty dramas like Strike Me Deadly and The Black Klansman to family films like Heart of Boy.  He is most fondly remembered for his oddball horror offerings which are probably best represented by his quartette of Astro Zombies films.


Ted marched to the beat of his own tuba. There were probably more than a few movie goers stunned by the fact that films with titles like The Corpse Grinders and Blood Orgy of the She Devils had relatively low levels of the explicit violence their names implied. In fact, if you were looking for a phrase to describe the general tone of the typical T.V. Mikels …