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2010, Australia, 85 min.
Director: Mark Hartley

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If there was ever such a thing as exploitation cinema nirvana, it probably came to realization during the 70s and early 80s in the Philippines. Documentairan Mark Hartley, already having documented the lesser respected genre offerings of his native Australia with Not Quite Hollywood, trains his eye to the north—to a place where not only labor, but expertise, materials and even government assistance (thanks to dictator Ferdinand Marcos) came cheap and helped craft not only some of the most notorious examples of American cinema at the time (Mad Doctor of Blood Island, for example), but also the most lauded (Coppola’s Apocalypse Now is also a product of this system).

Along the way, we are treated to wildly entertaining stories from the Wild Wild East of gunfights breaking out in hotel lobbies, large rats carrying off a quarry of kitten, and street curfews forcing casts and crews to party till the wee hours. The best part is, we get to hear these stories firsthand from the likes of Roger Corman, Jack Hill, John Landis, Sid Haig, Pam Grier, Eddie Romero and Joe Dante among many others. If there’s a major player from the Filipino exploitation era still alive, chances are that Hartley has interviewed ‘em here. As entertaining as any of the films it profiles, Machete Maidens Unleashed! looks back with fondess and incredulity at the insanity that unfolded in south east Asia once upon a time.

— Kevin Monahan


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