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Machete Maidens Unleashed!
The Filipino revolution that even Marcos couldn't crush!
In the final decades of the 20th century, the Philippines was a country where low-budget exploitation-film producers were free to make nearly any kind of movie they wanted, any way they pleased. It was a country with extremely lax labor regulations and a very permissive attitude towards cultural expression. As a result, it became a hotbed for the production of cheapie movies. Their history and the genre itself are detailed in this breezy, nostalgic documentary.
Somewhat unsatisfying documentary on the history of adventurous genre filmmaking in the Philippines wastes time explaining the history of exploitation distribution, the perils of the Apocalypse Now shoot, and the importance of Roger Corman to the careers of several well known directors. Could have used more depth on things like, oh, I don't know, the totalitarian regime under which these movies were produced and the resulting cheapness of life and labor. These things are mentioned, to be sure, but flying by them to get to Joe Dante telling another story about trying to polish a turd by cutting a misleading trailer for a Cirio Santiago movie makes for an entertaining but somewhat rushed feeling narrative. This movie itself feels like…
From director Mark Hartley and the team behind the essential Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood, comes this equally enthusiastic and eye-opening expose of the golden era of Filipino exploitation cinema between the 1960s and the 1980s. This was an age where opportunist, renegade producers such as Roger Corman and Eddie Romero churned out a staggering array of crazed grindhouse B-movie epics, fully exploiting overseas loopholes when it came to the censorship-free, anything goes content (sex, horror, depravity) and the favourable financial incentives – locations and costs were cheap and crews were not overly concerned with petty matters like making it through the shoot with all their limbs still attached!
Set against the fraught political backdrop of the Marcos regime which…
Estoy seguro de que fueron mas interesantes los rodajes en la Filipinas del matrimonio Marcos que las películas resultantes. Aprovecho para pedir un sonoro viva! para true celluoid heroes como Joe Dante, Pam Grier, Sid Haig... etc
A really interesting talk heads docu with great footage! It touches both on the great and the not so great of filming over in the Philippines. It seems like a completely manic way of filming that will never ever happen again!
A frank, funny and fast paced documentary that breezes through the exploitation cinema that was shot in the Philippines in the 60s and 70s. It's great to see the likes of Roger Corman, Joe Dante and John Landis alongside Pam Grier, Eddie Romero and other legends of drive-in cinema.
The interviews are candid, nostalgic and in good humour while the structure of the documentary itself is fluid. We get touches of political history both in the Philippines and internationally but the topic never dwells on one particular feature, production, movement or timeframe long enough. The audience is merely the spectator here.
This is an audio visual feast. A theme park trip down memory lane of retro exploitation genre flicks. I know very little about the movies featured here but this has certainly whet my appetite.
I really didn't like the stupid sound effects they inserted into every film clip. Also why did they choose to display taglines in boring-as-fuck white text on a black background when they clearly had the trailers available that contained the taglines and were actually what I think pretty much everyone watching this documentary wanted to see? There was something weird about the structure of this. It felt kind of superficial even though they had a lot of interviews and footage. I don't know. I'm tired.
An excellent and fun look at the Filipeno exploitation films that I know and love. Every one of the movies featured is a must-see. Dig the late John Ashley's line, "I used to think I'd let you pee in my face, just so I could see where its coming from."
Otro grandísimo documental de Mark Hartley. Es otro prodigio de ritmo y montaje, también bastante informativo, aunque no llega a las virtudes del Not Quite Hollywood. Con todo, es una muestra imprescindible del cine de explotación filipino en coproducción con USA. Hubiera estado bien un poco más de background del cine de género del país en el prólogo.
Incredibly fun for fans of Filipino exploitation pictures of the 70's especially. For lively interviews and general breezy tone this is easily a 4/5. But there's a nagging sense that the regime behind this boom is being glossed over in favour of so-bad-it's-good nostalgia, so I've shaved off a half point. Still very entertaining.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Aunque había visto varias de las películas que hizo Corman en Filipinas (sin saberlo hasta que vi este documental) el resto de las películas presentadas aquí tienen un interés limitado a no ser que seas un obseso del cine de exploitiation, y si, quizás algunas valga la pena buscarlas y verlas porque estéticamente son registro de una parte rara vez contada de la historia del cine mundial.
El documental de Hartley, en su mayor parte, usa el formato del 'talking heads' pero cada vez que muestra imágenes de las películas en si, se vuelve interesante porque deja a esas imágenes mismas hablar de la evidente locura que rodeaba el rodaje de todas esas películas, y el mismo tiempo sirve para comprender un poco mejor el trasfondo en el que éstas eran filmadas.
Nada como una dictadura militar fomentar un cine salvaje sin límites.
Documentary on the Philippine Exploitation explosion of the late 60s to the early 80s. Featuring Roger Corman, John Landis, Joe Dante, R Lee Ermey, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Sid Haig, Eddie Romero, Jack Hill, and many others. Very similar to the American Grindhouse documentary, but I think it is better largely because of the much more narrow scope of the subject.
Turn ons- Beasts, Blood, Boobs.
"Machete Maidens Unleashed" -- hilarious documentary about the Filipino exploitation movie industry of the 70s. When U.S. filmmakers like Roger Corman and other schlockmeisters discovered the Philippines' natural beauty (and low costs) they realized that it was the perfect place to crank out dozens of sleazy, t&a filled horror, action, kung fu and women-in-prison flicks. Tons of clips of boobs, decapitations, and stuff blowing up accompanies interviews with B- movie royalty like John Landis, Dick Miller, Sid Haig and Corman himself. After watching this doc I added about a dozen titles I'd never heard of before to my "I gotta see that!" list.
Doesn't have the stories that Electric Boogaloo has or the particularly bonkers movies that Not Quite Hollywood featured. Still, there's a lot of Corman and it's a fun watch.
I watched this a few years back but must have fallen asleep because all I remembered were the women in prison movies.
Machete Maidens Unleashed! is another wonderful documentary by the guy who made the ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood. This time it's all about the wild, untold story of the Filipino exploitation explosion.
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