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Machete Maidens Unleashed!

1h 24m Documentary, Exploitation 2010

The wild tale of the maverick directors who cashed in on Filipino incentives to make some of the most outrageous exploitation movies of all time.

Machete Maidens Unleashed! chronicles a magical time in the 1970s and 1980s when Imelda Marcos had two passions in life: building the finest shoe collection in the world and building a film production studio to rival Hollywood. Incentives were rich and if you had the bravado or tomfoolery to mount a production in an inhospitable and politically unstable jungle, you had the Filipino dictatorship to feed you what you needed: tanks, helicopters, extras, locations. It was an exploiteer’s dream.

See a dazzling array of absolutely bonkers movies and the equally zany characters who risked life and limb in the pursuit of quality, albeit sometimes sleazy, not-so-family-friendly entertainment. Directed by Mark Harley (NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, ELECTRIC BOOGALOO) and featuring stories from Roger and Julie Corman, Joe Dante, Brian Trenchard-Smith, John Landis and many more legends of the game.


Mark Hartley



Closed Captions [CC]

English captions


United States



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