Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The terrific Machete Maidens Unleashed!, the follow-up to Not Quite Hollywood from director Mark Hartley, is now streaming over at Netflix and I hardly recommend it to everyone reading. Whereas the incredible Not Quite Hollywood focused on Australia's wild exploitation movies, Machete Maidens Unleashed! is focused on the many Filipino genre films of the '70s and '80s. Featuring an extraordinary number of interviews with everyone from the most prolific filmmakers to the many actors and actresses that appeared in the dizzying number of films shot in this period, Machete Maidens Unleashed! is fun and powerful work that solidifies Hartley as one of the best documentary directors on film around. While the interviews with familiar faces such as John Landis and Roger Corman are very welcome, Hartley really scores by getting everyone from Margaret Markov to Eddie Garcia to sit down for his camera. Like Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed! is an incredibly informative and entertaining experience that will prove eye-opening to even the most jaded cult film-fans. Netflix subscribers should head over now and give this terrific film a look. The DVD from Dark Sky will be avaliable on November 1st.