A follow-up to his wildly entertaining documentary NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD (2008), Director Mark Hartley turns his sights from the exploitation films of Australian to the American ones shot in the Philippines. 

MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED focuses on the Grindhouse films of the 60’s and 70’s and features such genres as horror, crime, prison thrillers and war. Most of these films were light on plot but heavy on blood, sex and nudity. Shooting in the Philippines allowed the filmmakers to shoot the films fast and cheap, as they could hire skilled labor for pennies on the dollar. 

Like NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, Hartley does a great job collecting the Actors and filmmakers who were involved with the films and letting them give their own perspective. So we get the likes of Roger Corman, Sid Haig, Joe Dante, John Landis and Colleen Camp (among so many others) waxing poetic about these raunchy flicks and their importance to their own careers as well as the growing industry. 

A fun exploration of a bygone era, MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED is amusing and delivers everything one might expect from the title.  It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of this particular type of film (I could seriously leave it) or have even heard of any of the movies, because Hartley does a great job of educating the audience and making the material fun and interesting. 

Worth a look, especially if you’re a fan of nudity.


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MAY 25, 2014