The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (2008)

The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels

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The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels -- Meet independent grind-house movie maverick Ted V. Mikels, who is celebrating his 60th anniversary making movies-- wowing audiences with his own special brand of guts, gore, violence, and dark humor. Mikels came from the small town of Bend, Oregon to Hollywood to make movies. From the grisly 'The Corpse Grinders,' early slasher 'The Astro-Zombies,' to the far-out 'Girl in Gold Boots' (which was featured on The Mystery Science Theater 3000) and countless others, Mikels for tells his story for the first time in 'The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels' by award-winning documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels, who brought you 'Vampira: The Movie.' Ted V. Mikels is a pioneer. In the 1970's, the concept of 'The Doll Squad' was stolen by television mogul Aaron Spelling for his own Charlie's Angels series (even down to using the character name Sabrina) and more recently inspired Quentin Tarantino for the turtle-necked look for the DiVA girls in 'Kill Bill.' Ted shares stories of the William Castle-esque movie premieres that included nurses and ambulances on hand at the theaters to assist 'scared-to-death' moviegoers. Plus, he reveals never-before-heard details of his private life in the sprawling Sparr Castle in California with a harem of women called Castle Ladies! Original cast members Tura Satana (Russ Meyer's 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!' 'The Astro-Zombies'), Shanti ('Corpse Grinders II'), Francine York ('The Doll Squad') and Lila Zaborin ('Blood Orgy of the She Devils') recount their memories of working with Mikels, a director who had no cinematic limits. Leading the tour is the one-and-only John Waters, who is famous for directing 'Pink Flamingos,' 'Cecil B. Demented' and 'Hairspray.' Get ready for a wild ride.

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