Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Directed by Mark Hartley

Karate-kickin' midgets! Paper-mâché monsters! Busty babes with blades! Filipino genre films of the '70s and '80s had it all. Boasting cheap labour, exotic scenery and non-existent health and safety regulations, the Philippines was a dreamland for exploitation filmmakers whose renegade productions were soon engulfing drive-in screens around the globe like a tidal schlock-wave! At last, the all-too-often overlooked world of drive-in filler from Manila gets the Mark Hartley (NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD) treatment in Machete Maidens Unleashed!. This is the ultimate insiders' account of a faraway backlot where stunt men came cheap, plot was obsolete and the make-up guy was packin' heat.

MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED! is the first detailed examination and celebration of Filipino genre filmmaking — a world where stunt men came cheap, plot was obsolete and the make-up guy was packin' heat!

Cast: Carmen Argenziano, Allan Arkush, John Ashley

Member Reviews

Excellent movie. I grew up on these movies and smile when I see bits of them. Could I watch the full length movies again? Probably not. But it was a golden time!

Shane D.
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4 months ago

Fantastic! This isn't a review, more of a plea. Is there any way to get some of these films up in here? I'd more than like and less than love to get a chance to see a ton of these.

Tedlake
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5 months ago

Fantastic documentary on the Roger Corman exploitation films! If you’re a true B-movie cinephile and not an over sensitive snowflake, you’ve got to watch it.

Master_Tora
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8 months ago

I agree with John Landis.

APGB
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a year ago

One of the best docs ever!!

CryptKeeper
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a year ago