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Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 15 October 2010 (USA)
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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 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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The Filipino revolution that even Marcos couldn't crush! See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood se déchaine à Manille See more »

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Mark Hartley wanted to interview Bobby A. Suarez for this documentary, but Suarez died before it could be arranged. See more »

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Features Vampire Hookers (1978) 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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We can have Filipinos for about five bucks a day.

I watched a couple of women-in-prison movies the other day. Both were made in the Philippines. This documentary goes behind the scenes to show why and how Roger Corman type films were made there. Cheap actors and lax safety rules made for an ideal situation for making low budget films.

Blood, breasts, and beasts were the staples of films like Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Beast of Blood, The Big Doll House, Women in Cages, Black mama, White Mama,The Big Bird Cage, and the classic Vampire Hookers.

We see stars like Pam Grier learning the craft in these cheap films. Part of a new wave of women as action heroes, which was new to moviegoers.

The documentary was invaluable in understanding the background of filmmaking.


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