Film Review: ASTRO ZOMBIES: M3 – CLONED (2010)

Film Review: ASTRO ZOMBIES: M3 – CLONED (2010)

Oct 18, 2016

IMDb: Astro Zombies: M3 – Cloned (2010)
Director: Ted V. Mikels
Stars: Fletcher Sharp, Francine York, Sean Morelli

I just found out Ted V. Mikels passed away. I had to cry. I could say he lived a full life and dismiss it as his time because of advanced age. I could, but I won’t. It’s sad. I suppose it’s not every day that you get to sit next to a prolific director the first time you ever watch one of his films. ASTRO ZOMBIES M3: CLONED (2010) was my first experience with the direction of Ted V. Mikels. But it wasn’t the last time I went to one of his screenings. Being in Las Vegas has its perks for sure, and he was a local like me.

Before the movie started he told me I looked familiar. I said I’m Creepie Suzie, do you know me from online? He said no… And then he told me later I looked familiar. I just had to laugh. We were friends on Facebook, but he swore he knew me elsewhere. Maybe he saw me at the grocery store? Who knows. Then he spoke of his children and grandchildren. I’m sure he was thinking of them with the spirit of this film. It took me back to the days when I was young, watching Sci-Fi with my Dad on a Saturday morning.

There was a lot of humor used in ASTRO ZOMBIES M3: CLONED, but by far the most fun was the exploding zombies that burst into these cheesy CGI balls of flames upon impact with a blow dart. I was surprised to see the plastic “My First Microscope” along with hardware that looked more like something out of Radio Shack, than a cloning lab. But since actual cloning produces a fetus, factual accuracy was not a priority in the production of full-sized Astro zombies.

I couldn’t reason around it, so I just had to giggle. And there were enough ridiculous moments during the film that I ended up laughing a lot, especially with regard to the crazy bad effects. It reminded me of the skeletons in ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992) where you could see the strings holding them together. It was entirely intentional. Although I’m not sure that the biohazard team member who was obviously reading off a cue card was meant to be humorous necessarily, even though it was.

Ted played twins in the film: one a general and another a drunk hippie. The peace-loving twin commits suicide with cyanide with an effect that likened to Morticia Addams crossing her arms and “smoking”. The tone of the whole flick is just goofy, lighthearted fun. And that also explains the two-dimensional, cartoony characters. The film itself was grainy and made almost to feel like a 70’s exploitation Sci-Fi / James Bond flick.

There were points when a bit of editing would have done wonders for length, but for the most part there was momentum and a decent pace. Ted kept the theme of female empowerment and his feminist attitude with The Doll Squad’s emergence to kick some Astro Zombie ass. There was no nudity, swearing, sexual situations, and very little gore. Yeah, I’m pretty sure Mikels made this for his grandkids. And his legacy lives on…