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
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!
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.
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.
I agree with John Landis.
One of the best docs ever!!