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A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.



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Credited cast:
Allan Arkush ...
John Ashley ...
Himself (archive footage)
Alan Birkinshaw ...
Judith Brown ...
Herself (as Judy Brown)
Andrea Cagan ...
Marlene Clark ...
Jon Davison ...
Gerardo de Leon ...
Himself (archive footage)
Marissa Delgado ...


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15 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Hollywood se déchaine à Manille  »

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Opens the Door on a Largely Unknown Facet of Horror History
5 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

I love horror films and exploitation films and consider myself both a critic and historian (having now reviewed over 2000 films and written numerous articles). Yet, I must confess, I was not aware of the hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of films that were made in the Philippines. I knew about some of them, of course, but did not know just how huge the output was.

Wow! This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen on exploitation films (and I have seen my share). John Landis never disappoints, and some unusual suspects show up, too. R. Lee Ermey? Who knew?

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