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Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Astro-Zombies (1968)

Starring Wendell Corey, John Carradine, Tom Pace, Joan Patrick, Tura Satana
Directed by Ted V. Mikels
(actor & director credits courtesy

A government project to create synthetic men to be sent into space is compromised when one of the project's doctors uses a criminal brain in one of the "astro-zombies."

Despite the presence of capable actors Wendell Corey and John Carradine, this is a Z-grade effort with weird touches of humor, including the opening and closing credits playing over unrelated footage of wind-up toy robots.  The screenplay awkwardly mixes three different sets of characters, each of whom have scenes having nothing to do with the plot, causing the film's focus and direction to meander all over the place.  It's not unwatchable, but not by much.

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