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Happy Birthday Ted Mikels!

Tedandfan-webTo celebrate Ted Mikels‘ 85th birthday today, enjoy this great and long interview with the master exploiteer–who directed such classics as 10 Violent Women (1982), The Astro-Zombies (1968), and The Doll Squad (1973)–courtesy of Nerdlocker!

PS: I want that sweater!

  

And she lived to tell about it! I must try this soon!

Stigmatophilia's gore splattered corner of insanity.

In honour of cult UK label 88 Films releasing two Ted V Mikels films in the same week, The Doll Squad and The Corpse Grinders, I woke up with possibly one of my most inspired/ or silliest (depending on what your stance on shlock z-grade movie making is) ideas I have ever had. Not only will I be providing you lovely folks with full reviews of the aforementioned 88 Films releases, but I decided it was time for a Ted V Mikels movie marathon, 6 films in 12 hours. Would I survive with my brain cells intact? Would I ever be the same again? Read on to find out what happened….

The Black Klansman (1966)

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I start the day out right with a good piece of social commentary, Ted V Mikels style, in The Black Klansman aka Brute aka a whole bunch of other names (depending on the possibility of…

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10violent1sheet“Ten Violent Women” was released 32 years ago this month (March). This is a Ted Mikels classic Women in Prison flick which can be boiled down in a sentence as:

It’s ridiculous, absurd, sloppy and lots of fun.

Most of these “Ten Violent Women” were one-hit wonders, in that they had a single film role in this flick and then promptly moved on with their lives.  Mikels recalled later that he wrote scripts such that he had as few actors in the shot at one time as possible, given the difficulty in scheduling, though I’m not sure that was as much an issue in this film.

There is a nice (and succinct) write-up of this film in Mike Quarles’ 1993 classic book Down and Dirty: Hollywood’s Exploitation Filmmakers and Their Movies, which reminds us that this film is really two films spliced together: the scenes taking place outside of prison feel like light, TV adventure, while the prison scenes have a much darker and sleazier feel to them.

Happy Birthday Charles Gorgano!

GorganoToday (January 26) is Gorgano’s 70th birthday; he starred as “The Sheik” in the 1982 Ted Mikels classic, Ten Violent Women, of which only eight women are actually violent.  I guess budget cuts affect us all. 271px-10ViolentWomen

Not sure he’s done much in the exploitation, zero-budget genre since, but he’s stayed steadily busy in television and film for decades, which is much more than we can say for the overwhelming majority of the cast of TVW, almost all of whom called it quits after this film–which seems pretty typical of Ted Mikels productions.

At any rate, Gorgano has his own web site, and it seems he tried, but abandoned Twitter a few years back.