FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 14, 2009
Documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels comes to Toronto with John Waters-narrated film, “The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels”
TORONTO, ON – Grindhouse movie pioneer Ted V. Mikels is the subject of a new documentary film.
“The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels,” directed by Kevin Sean Michaels (“Vampira: The Movie”), is a rollicking look at the independent cinema of Ted V. Mikels, who has been producing films for over 60 years.
Mikels is considered a maverick of low-budget movie making after 60 years in the business.
Filmmaker Ted V. Mikels was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1960, the enterprising young Mikels relocated his wife and six children from Oregon to Hollywood with the film-cans of his first movie, “Strike Me Deadly.” From that point, Mikels began steadily producing. “The Black Klansman,” “The Corpse Grinders,” “The Astro-Zombies, ” “Girl in Gold Boots,” and “The Doll Squad” followed, and challenged the major movie studios by setting box-office records. As for big league gimmicks, audiences for a Ted V. Mikels production found nurses and ambulances on hand at the theaters to assist “scared-to-death” moviegoers.
Meanwhile, his private life became legendary. In the 1970’s, Mikels lived with a harem of women in a castle with secret passageways. In the 80’s, Mikels moved from California to Las Vegas, Nevada and opened his own studio, where he has been producing movies ever since.
Examples of Mikels’ influence can be seen everywhere from music to television. Punk band The Misfits wrote a tribute song called The Astro-Zombies while Mikels’ film “The Doll Squad” became the template for the television series Charlie’s Angels and inspired the look of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.”
Cult icon John Waters (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby) narrates the new documentary.
“Ted V. Mikels puts the ‘exploit’ in exploitation films,” said Waters.
“He’s pretty amazing.'”
Documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels will be signing the DVDs, “The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels,” and “Vampira: The Movie” in Toronto, ON at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear, part of the Fan Expo, at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Aug 28 – 30, 2009.