Machete Maidens Unleashed!
Director Mark Hartley | 2011 | 88 minutes | Documentary | English
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.
“More fun from the director of NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD. A total blast.”
– JoBlo’s Movie Emporium
“Mr. Hartley has proven himself to be quite the excellent curator of globally tacky cinema.”
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