Machete Maidens Really Edutainment?1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
Aussie documentarian Mark Hartley returns with another exploitation expose for the discriminating connoisseur of crap. Only this time around he emigrates from his native Australia to focus on the down and dirty films of the Philippine Islands.
Those familiar with the fantastic Not Quite Hollywood should already know what to expect- a kick ass clip show featuring the absolute best of the absolute worst. You want gore? You want sleaze? Secret agent karate midgets? Then you’ve come to the right place. Machete Maidens Unleashed is a veritable smorgasbord of gratuitous nudity and over the top violence, seasoned with a dash of exotic Filipino spices.
But Maidens is more than just a B movie mix tape full of cheap thrills; it is educational as well. Dare I call it edutainment? I dare. Hartley has assembled a rouges gallery of talking heads- including Joe Dante, John Landis and Roger Corman- to act as our collective guide through these murky cinematic waters.
The first stop on the tour? Gerry de Leon and Eddie Romero’s blowtorious Blood Island trilogy. These no budget monster movies were invisible to critics, but caught the attention of the business savvy Corman. Once he got a whiff of the cheap labor and exotic locales available in the Philippines, he immediately set sail for this exciting new world.