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.




  • Joe Dante in Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
  • John Ashley in Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
  • Eddie Romero in Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
  • Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
  • John Landis in Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
  • George Nader in Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

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16 March 2011 | Red-Barracuda
| Once upon a time in the Philippines...
This is a very entertaining look at a specific time and place in the history of exploitation film-making. It documents the rather strange scenario where the Philippines became a hotbed of psychotronic cinema production between the 60's and early 80's. While I haven't seen more than two or three films that were made under these conditions, it didn't stop the film from being interesting and entertaining. In fact, like many similar documentaries Machete Maidens Unleashed! is most probably a lot more enjoyable than the films it features. Instead we get many, many clips from these crazy films, so it's difficult to get bored.

The films themselves range from the schlock horror of the 60's, via the women-in-prison flicks of the 70's to the martial arts action films of the 80's. It takes the form of the talking heads format where many of the participants tell us about their experiences working in the field. And perhaps unsurprisingly very different rules applied in the Philippines. There's a lot of humour in the presentation. No one is under any illusions about the seriousness of the movies, yet you will no doubt come away from this and have two or three new films you want to seek out. And I suppose with all that in mind, Machete Maidens Unleashed! has done its job.

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