[Trailer disappeared briefly due to too many breasts for YouTube. It's back now with a happier home in the ScreenAnarchy video player and this post back to the top of the page accordingly.]
Bringing more breasts per minute than any other film at the Toronto International Film Festival, or so I presume, Mark Hartley's Machete Maidens Unleashed
does for the history of Filipino-shot B-film what Hartley's previous feature - Not Quite Hollywood
- did for Australia.
From the early '70s well into the '90s the Philippines was a back-lot
for a bevy of B-movie mavericks and cinema visionaries alike. The
country was utilized for its inexpensive labour, exotic locations and
distinct lack of rules. A large body of genre work emerged that somehow
managed to capture the raw, chaotic energy of contemporary Filipino
culture. These productions (a cavalcade of monster movies, jungle prison
movies, blaxploitation and kung fu hybrids) were miraculously made at a
time when the country's political situation was repressive at best.
MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED! is the ultimate insiders' account of genre
filmmaking in the Philippines. A role call of local and international
survivors from this period have been interviewed, all adding their
distinct and honest account of this Devil-may-care school of filmmaking.
Sitting alongside the talking heads are a dazzling array of outrageous
film clips from key Filipino titles.
The first promo for the film was built entirely out of clips from the source films talked about in the doc but with the first proper trailer we get more of a sense of how this plays out on the whole, including a good look at the interview segments with John Landis, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Jack Hill, Pete Tombs of Mondo Macabro and more. Yes, please. But not if you're at work or anywhere else breast-averse because there are plenty of them in the trailer below.
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