Just as in his previous hit Not Quite Hollywood, Hartley's latest release is another stroll down an obscure cinematic memory lane. Here he tops himself with odd clips and a collection of great anecdotes from The Philippines with its unique cinema history. The country's educated, daring and cheap film workers got B-movie kingpin Roger Corman interested. He produced many of his weirdest titles here, for subsequent release in US drive-in theatres. Rubber monsters, transplanted human heads and the three important B:s – blood, breasts and beasts – were all important ingredients. True fans of the genre will buy a ticket just to be amazed by the four golden minutes with The Philippines' own secret agent, 83 cm tall Weng Weng, one of many unbelievable sights. Politics and morals, especially the women's liberation of the 60's and 70's, are also included, as is the emergence of dictator Marcos in 1972. You would think such revolutionary films were doomed – well think again. Hartley shows that things are not that simple, making this film an experience beyond the average, bizarre monster scrap book.

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Title
Machete Maidens Unleashed
Director
Mark Hartley
Country
Australia
Length
85 min
Festival
2010
Section
Twilight Zone
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Producer
Veronica Fury
Script
Mark Hartley
Music
Jamie Blanks

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