Karate-kicking midgets! Paper-mache 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 Manilla 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 packing heat! Machete Maidens Unleashed! features interviews with cult movie icons Roger Corman, Joe Dante, John Landis, Sid Haig, Eddie Romero and a large assembly of cast, crew and critics, each with a jaw-dropping story to tell about filmmaking with no budget, no scruples, no boundaries and - more often than not - no clothes.... Written by
I haven't seen the (as many say) superior "Not quite Hollywood" yet. But this documentary on another "movies on the cheap" documentary is more than watchable. The inclusion of some directors, who either only like sleaze or also have done those type of movies, is very welcome. John Landis in particular was funny as ever (though I heard complaints from other viewers, that he was "too negative" in their opinion), as are all the other directors.
I also have to admit, that I haven't seen most of the movies on display here. And even if you are a fan, you have to admit that some of them are more than cheap ;o) Still nice to watch and enjoyable enough
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