Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Director: Mark Hartley Cast: Roger Corman, Joe Dante, John Landis


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In the 1960s and 70s, drive-in movie theaters and big city grindhouses were eager to book the wildest and most action-packed fare they could find, and low-budget producers were always on the lookout for something unique to offer their viewers. Many of them found it in the Philippines, a country full of exotic locations, cooperative officials and folks willing to work cheap. Local producer Eddie Romero began exporting his cut-rate horror and crime pictures to American distributors in the 60s, and before long U.S. filmmakers were traveling there to shoot crazed jungle epics, women in prison thrillers, bloody horror stories and violent wartime dramas. It certainly helped that Philippine extras and technicians would work hard for low pay, and that local stuntmen didn't seem to worry much about risking their necks for a good shot; as one producer put it, "Human life was cheap, film was cheap -- it was a great place to shoot a movie!" Filmmaker Mark Hartley, who shared the crazed true story of the Australian exploitation movie scene in his documentary Not Quite Hollywood, shares the inside scoop on the wild and wooly world of filmmaking in the Philippines in the 1960s and 70s in Machete Maidens Unleashed! Featuring interviews with Gloria Hendry, Colleen Camp, Sid Haig, R. Lee Ermey, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Allan Arkush and many more eyewitnesses to the madness of movie making in the Philippine jungles, Machete Maidens Unleashed! was an official selection at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2011
UPC: 0030306818993
Original Release: 2010
Rating: NR
Source: Dark Sky Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 48,117

Special Features

Director and crew commentary; Bonus interviews; Trailers; Still galleries

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Machete Maidens Unleashed
1. The Wild East [5:19]
2. Hemisphere Pictures [3:00]
3. The Blood Island Films [7:15]
4. New World [3:46]
5. The Big Doll House [5:17]
6. Cages and Cobra Women [3:25]
7. The Corman Heroine [3:32]
8. The Hot Box [3:07]
9. Martial Law [5:25]
10. R is For Romero [6:20]
11. Cirio Meets Corman [4:31]
12. Tricks of the Trade [7:09]
13. Cirio Gone Rogue [5:19]
14. The Wild World of Bobby Suarez [5:17]
15. Apocalypse Wow [6:14]
16. Weng Weng [4:48]
17. The End is Nigh [5:30]
18. End Credits [2:09]

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