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Sorting Out the Syns: '80s Horror, '70s Sleaze, and Everything In-between with Roberta Findlay, Ted V. Mikels, and More

Vinegar Syndrome had another stellar year in 2017, marking nearly five years of madness on film with a raft of bizarre and fascinating releases from the '70s right on through 1990. This week we're looking at a trio of films from exploitation legend Roberta Findlay in A Woman's Torment, Prime Evil, and Lurkers, a classic from low-budget warrior Ted V. Mikels in The Corpse Grinders, a '70s exploitationer in Trip with the Teacher, and a pair of straight up nutso horror films in Blood Beat and Demon Wind.  All six of these releases definitely deserve a spot in your collection, but click through the gallery below for more details....

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October 24th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Annabelle: Creation, War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Old Dark House

  • DailyDead
With Halloween only a week away now (how in the heck did that happen?), of course there are a ton of horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings arriving on Tuesday, ready to get you primed for all your spooky shenanigans leading up to October 31st. In terms of new titles, both War of the Planet of the Apes and Annabelle: Creation hit various formats, and Criterion has put together a stellar release for Olivier AssayasPersonal Shopper as well.

On the cult side of the genre spectrum, we have a myriad of movies to look forward to, including a quartet of titles from Vinegar Syndrome: The Corpse Grinders, Demon Wind, Blood Beat, and the double feature of Prime Evil and Lurkers. Arrow Video has assembled a special edition set for Herschell Gordon LewisBlood Feast that’s a must-own for any splatter fans out there, and the Warner Archive Collection
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Ted V. Mikels, Legendary Grindhouse Filmmaker Behind ‘The Doll Squad’ and More, Dies At 87

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Ted V. Mikels, Legendary Grindhouse Filmmaker Behind ‘The Doll Squad’ and More, Dies At 87
Ted V. Mikels, a grindhouse legend and B-movie mainstay for decades, passed away in his Las Vegas home on October 16, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The cause of death hasn’t been specified beyond mention of a “long illness,” but it is known that the 87-year-old filmmaker known for such films as “Girl in Gold Boots,” “The Astro-Zombies” and “The Doll Squad” will leave a lasting legacy in his corner of the film world.

Read More: Herschell Gordon Lewis, Horror’s ‘Godfather of Gore,’ Dies at 87

Born Theodore Mikacevich on April 29, 1929 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mikels had an interest in everything from photography to fire-eating in his younger years. He began producing educational documentaries and short films in the 1950s, by which time he lived in Bend, Oregon, before making his first film, “Strike Me Deadly,” in 1963. He became highly prolific thereafter, staking a claim for himself in the realm
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10th Annual Drive-In Super Monster-Rama Takes Place this Weekend

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One of Daily Dead’s favorite horror events, Drive-In Super Monster-Rama returns to the Riverside Drive-In this weekend in Vandergrift, Pa. Presented by DVD Drive-In, the 10th annual event kicks off at dusk tonight with 35mm screenings of Horror of the Zombies (1974), Night of the Howling Beast (1975), House Of Psychotic Women (1974), and Curse of the Devil (1973).

After running from 8:00pm tonight to 4:30am Et Saturday morning, the celluloid celebration continues on Saturday night starting at 8:00pm Et with 35mm screenings of House of Dark Shadows (1970), Night of Dark Shadows (1971), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), and The Bat People (1974). The bloodsucking blast will then conclude around 4:30am Et on Sunday morning.

Admission is $10.00 per person and free for children 12 and under (with a parental guardian). If you want to set up camp and sleep under the stars at the drive-in, you can do so for only $10.00 a night,
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Drive-In Super Monster-Rama 2016 Lineup Includes The House That Dripped Blood (1971) and House Of Dark Shadows (1970)

One of Daily Dead’s favorite horror events, Drive-In Super Monster-Rama returns to the Riverside Drive-In this September to celebrate its 10th anniversary with screenings of eight horror movies over two nights. This year’s lineup includes two films featuring the Collins family—House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Night of Dark Shadows (1971)—as well as Horror of the Zombies (1974), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), and more.

Spanning two nights and showcasing eight films, Drive-In Super Monster-Rama 2016 takes place Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, Pa.

The celluloid celebration kicks off on Friday with Spanish horror night, featuring 35mm screenings of four films from the ’70s: Horror of the Zombies (1974), Night of the Howling Beast (1975), House Of Psychotic Women (1974), and Curse of the Devil (1973).

The fright-filled fun continues on Saturday with 35mm screenings of House of Dark Shadows (1970), Night of Dark Shadows (1971), The House That Dripped Blood
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Legendary Filmmaker Ted V. Mikels Initiates Fund Raising Drive for '10 Violent Women: Part 2'

Mikels Announces Acting Auditions in Henderson, Nevada on August 9, 2015

Tvm Studios has announced that the studio’s new production, Ten Violent Women: Part Two, has scheduled acting auditions at the company’s Las Vegas Studio on August 9, 2015 in Henderson, Nevada. "Ten Violent Women: Part Two", the sequel to “10 Violent Women”, will star Francine York, and will explore females who seek recognition for their physical beauty, muscular bodies, martial arts, wrestling, boxing, and beauty pageant appearances. Check out this great video from Mikels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=dSJ-nzyuFpM

Ted V. Mikels, the film’s legendary director, has announced a campaign to raise the necessary production funds. Mikels notes that he has been making movies for over 65 years. “I have made dozens and dozens of movies over the years, including such titles as ‘Astro Zombies,’ ‘The Doll Squad,’ ‘10 Violent Women,’ ‘The Corpse Grinders,’ ‘Girl In The Gold Boots,
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‘Girl in Gold Boots’ DVD Review (88 Films)

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Stars: Jody Daniels, Leslie McRae, Tom Pace, Chris Howard | Written by Art Names, Leighton J. Peatman, John T. Wilson | Directed by Ted V. Mikels

Pardon the blasphemy, but Jesus H. Christ, who the hell decided it would be a good idea to release Ted V. Mikels Worst film on DVD? The bigger question would be why the hell did I decide to even review this film? If it ranks as one of the worst Ted V. Mikels films And one of the worst films ever to grace MST3K (some would say it made for the worst episode of that show too), why would anyone in their right mind give Girl in Gold Boots the time of day?

I asked myself that question throughout each and every painful minute of this film…

I can understand why 88 Films saw fit to release Blood Orgy of the She Devils and The Corpse Grinders
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Review Round-Up: Blood Orgy in The Longest Week at The Cabin

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We’re playing catch-up here on Nerdly – after a busy 2 weeks prepping for and then attending this years Frightfest there’s a number of weekly-release reviews to bring you up to speed on. So here they are, reviews of The Cabin, Blood Orgy of the She Devils and The Longest Week.

The Cabin

Another one of those straight to DVD films that make up 99% of the horror films on sale at supermarkets, with the same generic cover art and shiny slipcase, The Cabin is destined to get mixed up with all the other cabin/lodge/house movies on the market when, in fact, it doesn’t deserve to – this film has little to do with the titular abode and more to do with the main characters bloodline (the original title of the movie) and his relationship with his faith.

The film tells the story of seminary student Brett Ethos (Matt Thompson
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‘The Doll Squad’ DVD Review (88 Films)

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Stars: Francine York, Sherri Vernon, Tura Satana, Leigh Christian, Michael Ansara, Anthony Eisley, John Carter | Written by Ted V. Mikels, Jack Richesin, Pam Eddy | Directed by Ted V. Mikels

A rousing cocktail of bombs and bikinis, topped with a slick 70s score, The Doll Squad (ask Seduce and Destroy) was produced, directed, written and edited by low-budget exploitation mogul Ted V. Mikels, the man responsible for The Corpse Grinders (1971) and Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1974).

Pre-dating the likes of Charlies Angels (which was clearly influenced by Mikels’ feature), the film sees a group of female special agents brought together by the CIA for a special mission after a space shuttle launch is sabotaged by the megalomaniacal Eamon O’Reilly. The titular Doll Squad are tasked with bringing down O’Reilly and his private army which has warned that if its demands are not met it will strike again. Closing in
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‘The Corpse Grinders’ DVD Review (88 Films)

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Stars: Sean Kenney, Monika Kelly, Sanford Mitchell, J. Byron Foster, Warren Ball, Ann Noble, Vincent Barbi | Written by Arch Hall, Joseph Cranston | Directed by Ted V. Mikels

Recently on television in the UK there was a show about what is in your pet’s food, and how shocked you would be. They missed a trick with that by not showing The Corpse Grinders afterwards. I’m not saying there are people in real pet food, but documentaries such as that are sensationalised tabloid style shows that people fall for. The Corpse Grinders though is a 1971 Grindhouse film that is being released on DVD by 88 Films featuring corpse grinding, cats with a taste for flesh and bad acting.

When the Lotus Cat Food Company finds itself in financial trouble it needs a cheap source for meat and find it in the graveyard. With human flesh entering the feline food chain it
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The Corpse Grinders Grind out Another Sequel

In 1971 director Ted V. Mikels brought the world the cult classic The Corpse Grinders. In 2000 he returned with a sequel cleverly titled The Corpse Grinders 2. Now Mikels is going to the well for a third time with - you guessed it - The Corpse Grinders 3!

This time, though, Mikels will only be serving as executive producer as he's turned the directorial reins over to Manolito Motosierra. John Martino, Richard Lester, and Pedro García Oliva star in the movie. which is set to make its DVD debut on May 28, 2013.

Thanks to DC reader Avery G for the heads-up!

Synopsis

An American entrepreneur comes to Spain to build a new Lotus Cat Food factory and establishes the company in a small Spanish town. The new Lotus doesn’t do too well until they accidentally add a special ingredient to the food — human flesh, ground up into a mash. Soon the
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Wamg Interview: Joel Hodgson Aboard the Cinematic Titanic

Interview conducted by Tom Stockman November 8th 2012

Cinematic Titanic is the live feature-length movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Like MST3K, the show was created by Joel Hodgson and features the same team that first brought the Peabody award winning cult-classic series to life: Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvsi Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TV.s Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester). Cinematic Titanic continues the tradition of riffing on .the unfathomable., .the horribly great., and the just plain .cheesy. movies from the past. Cinematic Titanic is coming to St. Louis. The St. Charles Family Arena will be hosting Joel and the gang on Saturday, November 17th) starting at 7:30 (doors open at 6:30). The movie that will be riffed on this year is Ted V. Mikel.s 1973 classic Doll Squad starring the late Wamg muse Tura Satana.
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Tura Returns! The Doll Squad to be Riffed at Cinematic Titanic in St. Louis November 17th

Cinematic Titanic is the live movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and they.re bringing their show to St. Louis on Saturday November 17th. Like MST3K, the show was created by Joel Hodgson and features the same team that first brought the Peabody award winning cult-classic series to life: Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Cinematic Titanic continues the tradition of riffing on ‘the unfathomable’, ‘the horribly great’, and the just plain ‘cheesy’ movies from the past.

Three years ago when Cinematic Titanic came to the St. Louis area.s St. Charles Family Arena, they riffed on the deliciously riffable 1964 gem Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. The next year they chose a 1968 Kaiju I was unfamiliar with called War Of The Insects (aka Genocide) but
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Ted V. Mikels back with ‘Astro Zombies M4′

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Yes, you read that headline right – the legend that is Ted V. Mikels, director of such Grindhouse classics as The Corpse Grinders and Blood Orgy of the She-Devils, is back behind the camera for Astro Zombies M4: Invaders From Cyberspace, the Fourth film in the Astro Zombies series… I didn’t even know there was a third film!

According to producers Tvm Global Entertainment and Blue Heron International Pictures, Mikels has begun development on the film, which already has a teaser trailer in the bag (above). Says Mikels:

Astro-Zombies M4: Invaders From Cyberspace is now officially in development, I have identified a few key production staff members and we have begun story development.

According to Blue Heron, Mikels has named veteran screenwriter Cory Udler and Florida filmmaker Gary Lester as his creative story consultants, along with veteran Tvm Studios actress, Shanti. Gary Lester will also serve as assistant director under Mikels,
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American Grindhouse

(This film was sent to Bad Lit as a screener from the 2010 Boston Underground Film Festival, which runs March 25-April 1.)

After a bombastic opening credits sequence and an introduction that promises tons of gratuitous and sleazy sex, nudity and violence, the documentary American Grindhouse settles into something really hardcore: A hardcore history lesson.

Directed by Elijah Drenner, this chronicle of the seedy underbelly of film history does a damn fine job of showing how the notorious exploitation cinema racket is really the history of all cinema, that even from the days of Thomas Edison, all movies focused on the salacious and the bloodthirsty in order to draw in audiences. However, it is the grindhouse films that makes no bones about appealing to prurient interests while so-called mainstream films hide their licentious side under the cover of art.

One type of obscure, mostly-forgotten film covered in American Grindhouse are the ’50s
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The Undertaker And His Pals (DVD Review)

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The Undertaker And His Pals (DVD Review)
You know, if I was a famous French film critic I would be in a position to use big fancy words to describe why a film like The Undertaker And His Pals should be reconsidered as an American classic. Why it should be considered a not-so-subtle satire on our obsessions with food and death, and how it breathes new life into the hardboiled detective genre. Of course no one would read it for say 20 years, and by then I would have found some other obscure gem to rave over.

Fortunately I have a different platform from which I can shout my views, and one of them, for better or worse, is The Undertaker And His Pals should be viewed by anyone who seriously is interested in dark satire or who has a interest in the “cannibal cuisine” movies that carve up victims and then serve them to their customers or guests.
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Ted V. Mikels calls in to NYC’s Pioneer

The folks at New York City’s Two Boots Pioneer Theater (155 East 3rd Street and Avenue A) let Fango know that a new guest is taking part in its Schlocktober series of horror screenings. Veteran B-movie-meister Ted V. Mikels (pictured) will do a special phone-in intro for the Saturday Splatter Show that plays tomorrow, October 18 at 10 p.m.

The program consists of Son of the New York Grindhouse Trailer Show, featuring coming attractions for all manner of horror and exploitation fare, followed by Mikels’ best-known feature, 1972’s The Corpse Grinders, about a couple of cat-food-company owners who start putting everyone’s favorite secret ingredient into their product. And it’ll all be screened from 35mm prints. Also worth noting at the Two Boots this weekend is the world premiere of Ivan Zuccon’s H.P. Lovecraft-inspired Colour From The Dark, starring Fango Radio’s own Debbie Rochon on Sunday,
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