Machete Maidens

5. Titled Machete Maidens Unleased, the film exploitation history story goes... from the early '70s well into the '90s the Philippines was a back-lot for a bevy of B-movie film projects. The country was utilized for its inexpensive labor, "exotic" locations and distinct lack of rules. 

And from there, a large body of genre work emerged - monster movies, jungle prison movies, blaxploitation and kung fu hybrids - all miraculously made at a time when the country's political situation was repressive at best. 

Described as "the ultimate insiders' account of genre filmmaking in the Philippines," Machete Maidens Unleashed features interviews with several local and international men and women who contributed to the "movement," all adding their distinct and honest accounts of this Devil-may-care school of filmmaking. 

Included are an array of the many outrageous film clips from some of these films.

The filmmaker, Mark Hartley's previous film was another similar chronicle, although of the history of exploitation film in Australia, titled Not Quite Hollywood, which I also recommend. 

Check out the NSFW trailer below for Machete Maidens Unleashed; you should be able to identify some of the films and faces within it, if you're up on your exploitation - specifically blaxploitation cinema.