Machete Maidens Unleashed
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it was fun to watch, i think i remember some of the movies it covers.Published 2 months ago by John
Dear God I love this documentary! This is such a great film that shines a spotlight on a forgotten movie B-movie genre.Published 7 months ago by Tarrin Lupo
It is a documentary about movie making in the phillapines. Clips of topless women only are shown from previous movies.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the most entertaining docs I've seen. If even half of the stories connected to this film are true it's pretty incredible.Published 15 months ago by D. Martin
Unexplored cinema history subject! Never heard of the political climate influence on these Filipino-made movies! Great insightful interviews with the stars.Published on November 8, 2013 by Jim
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.Published on March 28, 2013 by William D. Haddock