Trailer Tuesday: The Astro-Zombies (1968)


[Video Link] This 1968 piece of schlock isn't John Carradine's finest moment, but the trailer is entertaining! "The Astro-Zombies are a strange, weird, unbelievable breed of living dead in human form. Their deranged transplanted brains could only lead them to murder... watch as the Astro-Zombies attack with maniacal fury!"

Listen to the Misfits and Joan Jett playing "Astro Zombies"

Watch the opening scene here


  1. With just a touch of my burning hand I send my Astro Zombies to rape the land. Prime directive: EXTERMINATE! The whole human race and your face, drops in a pile of flesh and then your heart heart pounds till it pumps in death. 

    Prime directive: EXTERMINATE! Whatever stands left.

  2. My primary brush with greatness was when I appeared in a local musical theater production of Oliver! as one of a bunch of orphans/thieves, and got to meet and “act” with John Carradine, who played Fagin. This was probably in 1970, and it was years before I learned that I had shared a stage with the Hollywood legend from The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Astro Zombies (1968) and hundreds of other films of remarkably uneven merit.

  3. I went to see this in college, presented by horror host Dr. von Calimari. 

    I was disappointed; I expected it to mirror the Misfits song. ;)

  4. got to see this as a triple bill w/Ted V’s Doll Squad & Blood Orgy of the She-Devisl ‘n he took questions afterwards (Tura and Dolores Fuller were also there)…quite a memorable experience!

  5. oh Tura, you will be missed. Was lucky to sit next her for a screening of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Great experience and amazing lady.

  6. Joy joy joy. Just watching that trailer staggered my imagination.

    And then I died a thousand deaths.

  7. Wikipedia notes that this fine film was co-written by “M*A*S*H” actor Wayne Rogers.  Wikipedia goes on to say that “much of the film was shot on property owned by actor Wayne Rogers”.  Here I would like to express my personal suspicion that Wayne Rogers got a writers credit for The Astro-Zombies project *because* he allowed the movie to be filmed on his property.

  8. A few years ago, my friends and I did a MST3K of this as a Christmas present for our good buddy. Now I watch this movie with both an appreciation for pulp horror and nostalgia for the filming of our spoof. =D

    Ted Mikels is a really nice guy, too. We bought a bobble-head Astro-Zombie from his website last year and he included a bunch of freebie extras.

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