Flickchart Daily: Matchup of the Day and the Week’s DVD/Blu-ray Releases

24 Apr

Matchup of the Day

It’s two tales of science run amok with “Zombie” in the title:

Bloodlust Zombies vs. The Astro-Zombies

Some of you, who keep up on this sort of thing, may have heard that pornographic actress Alexis Texas stars in Bloodlust Zombies.  Now, I’ve seen some legitimate films featuring porn actresses that aren’t too bad.  Like some of the stuff that Traci Lords appears in.  Even Zombie Strippers with Jenna Jameson is almost endurable.  That’s not the case with Bloodlust Zombies.  Alexis Texas doesn’t seem to possess much presence outside a non-porn setting.  Actually, she has a (non-explicit) sex scene in the movie that didn’t exactly light up the screen.  The stale humor and  insipid zombie action is even more disheartening.

I looked up the director of Bloodlust Zombies, Dan Lantz, and I discovered that he is also behind the Ninja Babes from Space web series.  There are eight episodes which run a few minutes each.  I would recommend watching those if you’re interested in low-budget titillation, rather than his zombie film.  Here’s the link to the official site.  I’m offering you this alternative because Ninja Babes is shorter and not as agonizing to sit through.  In fact, this clip of Traci Lords exercising offers more entertainment value than Bloodlust Zombies:  

Maybe the only thing The Astro-Zombies has in common with Bloodlust Zombies is that there’s a science lab in both films.  Bloodlust has zombies of the infected variety, while The Astro-Zombies is about a Frankenstein’s monster type of deal.  I think.  I had a bit of a rough time following The Astro-Zombies.  From what I could tell,  John Carradine plays a mad scientist who built a monster out of human body parts called an “Astro Man”.  Tura Satana (better known for her role in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) is a spy who wants the secret for Astro Man construction.  She engages in some murder and torture in pursuit of her goal.  Meanwhile, the United States government is out to stop them both.           

Ted V. Mikels directed The Astro-Zombies.  I’ve seen a few of his movies, and Girl in Gold Boots is the most enjoyable by my standards.  There is a documentary called The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels (narrated by John Waters) that might be worth checking out if you’re interested in learning about his long career.  Or, you can watch this interview:


New Blu-ray and DVD Releases


Girl on a Motorcycle




The Innkeepers


Young Goethe in Love


Thor at the Bus Stop


The Time That Remains


The Wicker Tree


Nazis at the Center of the Earth




11-11-11: The Prophecy


Cowboys and Indians


The First Beautiful Thing


Cinema Verite


Karate Girl


Planet of the Vampire Women


The Scarlet Worm


Some Days Are Better Than Others




Reuniting the Rubins


 Eclipse Series 32: Pearls of the Czech New Wave

Criterion Eclipse is releasing these  Czechoslovak New Wave classics:

Capricious Summer (1968)

The Joke (1969)

A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)

Pearls of the Deep (1966)

Return of the Prodigal Son (1966)

Daisies (1966)


Marvel Animated Features – 3-Movie Collection

Planet Hulk


The Invincible Iron Man


Doctor Strange


Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow

Ultimate Avengers: The Movie

Ultimate Avengers 2


Coming out this week from Olive Films (here’s the official website):

The Jayhawkers! (1959)

The Buccaneer (1938)

Hit! (1973)

Pony Express (1953)

Badge 373 (1973)

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