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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ted Mikels' Mark of the Astrozombies


MARK OF THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES - Music by BENTMEN [HQ]
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The opening three minutes of the cult classic, MARK OF THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES, music and sound effects by BENTMEN. MARK OF THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES stars the immortal Tura Satana (FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!), Brinke Stevens (HAUNTING FEAR, SLAVE GIRLS FROM BEYOND INFINITY) and Liz Renay (John Waters's DESPERATE LIVING, BLACKENSTEIN) as well as the disembodied head of John Carradine (you won't believe it)! The movie is written, produced, directed, photographed and edited by Ted V. Mikels. For the uninitiated, Ted is the living legend behind such drive-in classics as THE CORPSE GRINDERS, BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE-DEVILS, THE DOLL SQUAD, the original ASTRO-ZOMBIES and GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS (as seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000). The BENTMEN wrote over five hours of music for the film without seeing a single frame of footage -- just going by Ted's synopsis, a few stills on his site and our own imaginations. Ted’s primary direction to us was that we leave no dead spots in the movie -- fill it with as much music as possible -- and to treat it as "serious camp," in other words, nothing jokey about the tone. In fact, the only intentional joke we put in was using the sound of a modem as part of the titular Mark administered by Zekith and the Bad Aliens. Judging from the copious amount of duct tape and styrofoam in their spaceship, we felt it likely these guys were using a dial-up connection! Cheap, bargain-basement technology, pressed into the service of something greater, both primitive and futuristic at the same time, is a key BENTMEN signature, and a major contributing reason as to why we feel such an affinity for films like MARK OF THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES. BENTMEN: Des - Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer, Keyboards, Percussion, Sound Effects and Treatments Katherine Desomnd - Keyboards, Guitar, Guitar Synth Crazy Eddie Nowik - Lead Guitar Dark Mark White - Acoustic and Electric Basses Geoff Chase - Acoustic and Found Drums Frank Coleman - Electronic Drums, Keyboards, Treatments, Post-Processing (Editing and Loops) Ross Kennedy - Human Prop
Length: 3:07

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