Machete Maidens Unleashed! 2011 NR CC

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A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Starring:
Carmen Argenziano, Allan Arkush
Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes

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Machete Maidens Unleashed!

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Mark Hartley
Starring Carmen Argenziano, Allan Arkush
Supporting actors John Ashley, Alan Birkinshaw, Judith Brown, Andrea Cagan, Colleen Camp, Steve Carver, Leigh Christian, Marlene Clark, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Jon Davison, Gerardo de Leon, Marissa Delgado, Nick Deocampo, Vic Diaz, R. Lee Ermey, Leo Fong, Eddie Garcia
Studio MPI Media Group
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Everyone is in good spirits and quick to point out the absurdity of the movies.
DaisyMags
This pic is a little more of the hyper-cut editing style, a little glib maybe; and not as graceful or carefully wrought, though.
William T. Wiggins
I guess he was a big deal and made a lot of movies but I don't ever recall having seen or heard of him.
Eric Sanberg

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DaisyMags on April 4, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a very entertaining and informative documentary. Directed by Mark Hartley, who also headed up the Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood, you'll get great insight into how American filmmakers came to work in the Philippines during the 1960s and 1970s, bringing the world hundreds of cheap, low-quality but highly entertaining movies. They capture the crazy conditions under which these movies where made, making this a time capsule of schlocky goodness.

The iconic Roger Corman serves as the starting point for these films, as many of them were made under his New World imprint. Corman brings his usual dry sense of humor and bottom line/all about the money efficiency. John Landis is hilarious and serves as the perfect hyperactive foil to Corman's coolly detached straight man. Joe Dante comes in and out with how the trailers for these films were cut--because with sleazy cinema like this, it's all about how you sell it to the audience. Getting butts into the drive-in stalls and grindhouses for beasts, breasts, and blood was the name of the game.

A lot of actors, directors and writers are here, giving their take on what it was like to be part of these wacky films. Pam Grier, Sid Haig, Dick Miller, Jack Hill, R. Lee Ermey, and many more tell their stories. They all acknowledge that with the exception of Grier, no one became a major star and her stardom came in part because she had been freshly discovered by Hill. But they seem okay with that and were essentially happy coming along for the ride. No one is jaded or nursing old wounds. Everyone is in good spirits and quick to point out the absurdity of the movies. No one was under any illusions that what they did was high art. Such self-awareness makes for enjoyable viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Chief on January 12, 2013
Format: DVD
I never feel as though I can truly explain the appeal b-movies have for me. I usually end up mumbling something about how unpredictable they CAN be (although sadly, not often enough), or that, in the midst of an otherwise unbearable film, there may be one crystalline moment that is so good in relation to the surrounding badness that it has an extra pop that rarely happens in mainstream films. Whatever; even re-reading what I just wrote sounds like pure justification for guilty pleasures, gratuitous nudity, and mondo extreme filmmaking.

Luckily, as films like American Grindhouse, Not Quite Hollywood, and Machete Maidens prove (along with several others I haven't had a chance to see yet), I'm not the only one who has an appreciation for these flicks. Like the other two I mentioned, this one also concentrates on the underground/ b-movie industry of a particular country rather than a specific genre, in this case the Philippines. So we get clips from early 60's to late 70's horror, blaxploitation, war films, women's prison films, and, strangely, spy/kung fu/midget movies. Meanwhile, those actors and filmmakers who are still around comment on their roles in the industry, and there is usually some film critic to put the output in context.

The formula for these documentaries is fairly simply; if you've seen one, you'll know what to expect from the others. That isn't a knock against them - I don't know anything else that would be more effective.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Unknown Warrior on November 21, 2011
Format: DVD
If it weren't for the movies in the Philippines we may not have seen the movies we now have today. Quenten Tarantino owes his creativity and inspiration to Filipino Exploitation movies. It's all about the unknown Filipino Ninjas.... Mabuhay ang Eskrima.....
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Unexplored cinema history subject! Never heard of the political climate influence on these Filipino-made movies! Great insightful interviews with the stars.
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Quite an interesting look at the "B" movie market. Films reviewed include monster movies, women in prison movies, war movies, and so on, it's a very interesting look.
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By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2012
Format: DVD
I watched tons of these movies as a kid. Couldn't rent the "Adult" stuff, but easy to get to rent "R" rated movies and the VHS rental market was dumped with these B movies real quick:-)

This is a neat chunk of American film history, a real nice insight into the times.

Lots of fun to watch, it makes you want to buy tons of obscure drive in movies.
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