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Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

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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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Mark Hartley

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Mark Hartley, Andrew Leavold (adapted from a screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Corman ... Himself - Producer / Director 'The Little Shop of Horrors'
John Landis ... Himself
Pete Tombs Pete Tombs ... Himself
Mark Holcomb Mark Holcomb ... Himself
Joe Dante ... Himself - New World Filmmaker 'Gremlins'
Joseph Zucchero Joseph Zucchero ... Himself
Joe Viola Joe Viola ... Himself
R. Lee Ermey ... Himself
Samuel M. Sherman Samuel M. Sherman ... Himself
Brian Trenchard-Smith ... Himself
Jane Schaffer Jane Schaffer ... Herself
Sid Haig ... Himself
Marlene Clark ... Herself - Actress 'Night of the Cobra Woman'
Jack Hill ... Himself
Jon Davison Jon Davison ... Himself - Executive Producer 'Robocop'
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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 anonymous

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Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Hollywood se déchaine à Manille See more »

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Features The Woman Hunt (1972) See more »

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Let's Go Where the Action Is
Written and Performed by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
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Opens the Door on a Largely Unknown Facet of Horror History
5 September 2012 | by gavin6942See 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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