"This is the wild, untold story of the Filipino
. . . and my case against Grindhouse
(18 Aug 2010) Writer/Director:
For those of you who really believe these movies are harmless, the
following quote is true, and it would be fine, if that's all it was,
but it isn't:
"The 'Blood Island' series were really just American drive-in
movies with a bit of Action, suggesting a bit of sex, some horror
happening somewhere, a weird rubber-faced monster comin' at you.
. . . They went in the car with a girlfriend to make out, and
every now and then they'd hear a scream, and they'd look up, and
they'd see something kind of lurid happening, and they'd go back to
their snogging, and I think that's how those movies were
Putting Up not Putting Out
I turned 17 in December of 1976, the first of these movies I saw was a Russ
Meyer double feature "Up!" (1976)and "Vixen"
at my local drive-in (pictured at right). (Shout out to my
Westchester! and yes, the theatre is gone now.) It was a rite of passage just to see something
Rated "R". I remember that the guy who took me to see them just hoped
they'd turn me on (as they did him), and kept trying to make out with
me. Men are stupid that way (his nickname was
"Meathead"). These movies only made me feel slimed.
My objections to the content of Machete Maiden
Unleashed's (MMU) preview, and
my gut reaction
against the inclusion of this film at
Actionfest 2011 were made before I watched the film. That's
something you really shouldn't do. One really can't say (doesn't
have the right to say) without seeing the whole thing, but after
seeing it, I knew I didn't need to see it: I lived it,
and could have made all the points I needed to without it, but as it
was included at ActionFest, it really gave me a jolt because up
until then, I guess I always thought Action Movies were about
heroes. And heroes don't exploit, degrade, or debase
women. I was incredibly disappointed (the timing coincided with
"Machete" being honored
at ActionFest for, thankfully, stuntwork and not as a movie; and it
seeming increase in the popularity of "Grindhouse" films) that this
trend might become a part of my beloved genre. Not on my watch!
Of course, after I opened my big mouth (didn't
think anyone was reading!) and spoke out against it
on the website, I then
had to watch it at the festival. I was prepared to
leave the theater if I felt uncomfortable, like watching a sex scene
with your parents, or worse, sitting next to some creep in the
audience who was getting turned on. Thankfully, ActionFest is not
that kind of crowd. I think the men who asked me, afterward, what I
thought of it, thought that I would change my mind and like it and
think it was okay, but surprise, surprise, it only served to
reinforce my initial "ew no" reaction, and gave me the words
to say— more effectively than I could have even hoped—what is wrong
with the kind of films this film covers.
I have nothing against nudity per se but it has
to be equal. Men should be naked too, no double standard. If the tables were turned, the men might
understand why women don't like it. Stay tuned, because your day is
coming. Love that Denis Leary line "I think you hear [us]
knocking, and I think [we're] coming in."
Someday, women will make these kinds of movies about men, just as a
began writing this (back in 2011), I read every MMU review I could find and
cataloged them (links
at the bottom) (if there are more recent reviews I have not
read them). I suspected, and was proven correct, that
most of the reviews were done BY MEN. What is obvious in
these reviews is that this movie is seen as not a merely documentary
of "cheap and edgy genre fare" but a celebration.
And yes, there is something wrong with that as well, but I am simply
going to quote the movie in bold and let the movie say it all
(and contradict itself), and I will comment below the quotes (or [in
brackets] within the quote itself).
By Men, For Men JON DAVISON
"Human life was cheap. Film was cheap. It was a great place to make
a picture." [The humor about the novelty and the
conditions in the making of these movies is not lost on me. It does
appear to be lost on men, however, that this stuff is FOR men.
Men are too often guilty of thinking of "everyone" as including
women when it's really only the guys, for example . . ]
ROGER CORMAN "We were
[MALE] audience what they wanted to see." "We did
not have stars, so we had to exploit the subject matter [WOMEN];
and I fully accept the statement we were making exploitation
LANDIS [more correctly says they created
what the [MALE] audience wanted to see:] "Exploitation is
really about ballyhoo; it's about marketing. So, in exploitation
films, if you're selling sex . . . it's 'the girls with the biggest
breasts, and the most beautiful teeth, and the most luscious thighs,
you can have them, if you come to this theatre' you know, I mean,
that's what they're saying." It more or less sums up the
entire MMU movie when Landis says: "Never before have you seen
material so ripe for masturbation!"; [FOR MEN. While
Landis is saying these are "tits-and-ass movies", the word
"BARBARIZED!" is show on the screen while a soldier pokes a
stick at women in a bamboo cage. Yeah, we women are neither
interested, nor turned on.]
MARK HOLCOMB "The MPAA, the ratings
board, didn't see these films. They could care less, so, little
kids were going to see monsters raping women staked to poles."
[This resonated with my objections to the initial selection of
ActionFest 2011 "Powder Keg" films (shown in the
VIP Lounge) as the lounge screen
is visible from the lobby by every child coming to see other movies
being shown during the festival. Thankfully, they ended up not showing, except
one movie, which I had to misfortune to be in the lounge at the time
of showing and both I and the male friend next to me looked away in
embarrassment at one 'awkward' scene. At least I wasn't the only one
Sadly, there's no consideration that impressible
young boys who have their first sexual feelings by being turned on
by something barbaricly harmful to women, might want to recreate
that in real life, like Ted Bundy warned.
Believe it or not, all these images
are just from the trailer for MMU:
"Tolerance"?! JOHN LANDIS "Everyone'saffection [MEN'S
affection not "everyone's"] for those movies is
based on tolerance. [That's putting a positive spin on
JOE DANTE "In fact, if you look, from today's perspective, at
1970s exploitation pictures, they look like they're made on
another planet. The basic elements of them are things
that you couldn't put in movies today and get away with. And
these pictures always played drive-ins where huge screens can be
seen for miles around by cars driving back and forth, and the images
in these pictures are
astonishing." [If Joe Dante thinks so . . . ]
"The New World Company built their success on the exploitation of
ANDREA CAGAN "Women in cages, and in boxes, and confined . .
JOE HILL "You're gonna have T & A and then a little
[Because that is what turns MEN on?! (the
Torture of Women)]
DANNY PERRY then says "I just imagine the
screenwriters saying Okay I've gone three pages and nobody's [he
means no WOMEN] been tortured, let me just write that in:
'Strip. Torture.'" and hechuckles. What if we were
talking bout men being treated this way? Would it be so funny?
JANE SCHAFER "All these
girls were ready to take on new experiences, they wanted to get
their careers going, and they wanted to be up on the screen, and if
it involved cobras, okay." [Thank you Ms. No Standards.]
JOE DANTE "There were no big
stars who came out of those pictures and went on to huge movies,
that wasn't the case." [They insert PAM
saying "No shit!" WELL I WONDER WHY!?! I know
why: Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?]
Spilt Milk The affection and humor this documentary treats these films with
is as MALE-centric as the movies themselves were. I am not buying
that these "new experiences" would get the actresses' careers going.
(Of course they didn't, and these men didn't buy it either, even if
they were trying to sell it.) Actresses today could help their
careers by realizing that once you show your tits, men are onto the
And you are not empowering a
woman by giving her a gun if she has to be objectified to use it
(fully covered in what I wrote about Sucker
Punch) with the possible exception of Pam
Grier, who is a force to be reckoned with in all her movies,
and retains her dignity somehow no matter what. MMU is
full of the lies men wrap around degrading and debasing women.
The stupidest thing is the idea that these exploitation movies
are 'liberating' for women. Those are just the words of a man
coming out of a brainwashed (stupid) woman to alleviate his guilt,
and her nagging suspicion that she was duped.
ALAN ARKUSH "Who you could talk into going . . . JOE DANTE . . . that was the
JOE DANTE "There was always a rumor that there was one girl
who didn't come back." ALAN ARKUSH [laughs!]
[They laugh! Yes, it's so funny to accept an acting job where you
might be exploited then killed. So sexy! Seems fitting
to quote Paris Hilton "That's hot!"
(my reaction is like Jim Carrey reacting to the courtroom testimony
in Liar Liar where he's drinking the water and then stops
suddenly to scream "OH COME ON!")]
Profits . . .. at
ROGER CORMAN [on
The Big Doll House:] "I didn't like the film. [
! ] I thought it had gone a little bit too far with the sex and
the violence [Roger Corman thinks it's gone too far?!
ˇImaginate!]. The film cost about $100,000, and grossed
something like $4,000,000.When I saw the grosses I have to
admit, my scruples faded away. I said, let's make another one!" [The fact that he had scruples says a lot about him not liking
MOVIE PROMO "Women
in Cages: The sensational new motion picture that rips the veil
off the dirtiest racquet ever conceived by the minds of vicious
seemed to think so, and spoke out against
pornography (and these kinds of movies) the day before he died as a
warning (while has gone largely igorned).
STEVE CARVER "A lot of the pictures had no, really,
redeeming factors as far as the stories was concerned. They
were very bizarre to say the least."
Men getting off on violence
against naked women is not a good thing just because men
enjoy seeing it. Would they enjoy it if the tables were
turned? Probably. Stupid question. Wish I could laugh.
Women Leads . . .
again, at what price? ROGER CORMAN "One of the things that made these
films noteworthy was the fact that very few people were making films
with women leads."
BARBARA POKRAS "Roger treated women in film, really, as
heroes, and that was a departure."
DANNY PERRY "Moviegoers were not used to seeing women
doing Action, at all. "
JOE DANTE "And even if they're little mousy girls at the
beginning, by the end they're toting two machine guns and shooting
down scads of guys." . . . "You not only had a female heroine, but
you also had a female being abused." [He laughs]. Interjection: UNBELIEVABLE
HOW OBLIVIOUS HE IS TO THE FACT THAT THE FEMALE HEROINES ARE NAKED
OR NEARLY NAKED. "So you got both sides of the coin and you
appealed to the male audience, and you appealed to [he makes a skeptical
smirk/chuckle] and any dates they may have had to bring, which I
suspect were not many." [Ya think?]
"There are a lot of filmmakers who are
responsible filmmakers, but sometimes what's fun are the
irresponsible filmmakers, who later, say, 'Well, of course, I was
doing this . . . '" So he admits he knows that's it's
irresponsible to do this. I wonder what he thinks the real-life
ROGER CORMAN "They were about women who
were abused at the beginning, but then, taking over and having
revenge." [AGAIN, UNBELIVEABLE HOW A MAN DOESN'T SEE THAT THE
FACT WE HAVE TO BE ABUSED IN ORDER TO BE HEROES IS APPEALING ONLY TO
BARBARA POKRAS "I think that was very helpful, overall,
in terms of women establishing themselves on the screen as powerful
[in bikinis with guns] and being empowered as women."
THIS IS THE IMAGE THEY SHOW . . . This is NOT empowerment
for WOMEN, this is empowerment for OBJECTS. There IS a difference.
[Hah!] ANDREA CAGAN "Women really related to that, and began
to love us as heroes." I saw them in context at that time, and I don't know any women
who loved them. At best, we tolerated watching them to be with
the dumb jerk who degraded us by taking us to see them. Women did
NOT relate to them as heroes, they related to them as victims.
I had no interest in these movies. When I watch, them my repeated
thought is "this stuff is just for men".
I think it says it all that women have not embraced these films
with any affection today. They're, thankfully, a thing of the
I believe strongly that these movies contributed to
violence against women in every form from domestic violence to
serial killers. It totally depicted them as things.
And let John Landis interject REALITY with the male point of
JOHN LANDIS You hear people talking about the crassest, most
exploitive, sexist, racist films, as liberating, and intelligent,
and I'm thinking 'What are they smok-, I mean, you know, what?!"
[And then this clip, which could be the most
damaging line ever, suggesting women like sex no matter what. It
also suggests that women who like sex can't be raped as if there is
nobody they would object to having sex with. It's just ridiculous.
What it is, is an excuse for men to rape, giving stupid men watching
the idea that there are women you can't be raped.]
"You can't rape me. I like sex."
ANDREA CAGAN "Feminism and women taking their power was
worldwide at that time, so taking off our tops was kind of a
powerful thing to do." ["Kind of" She's still not sure
because IT'S NOT!!!!]
And now these ringing endorsements (<- sarcasm, in case you
MARGARET MARKOV "It was, to a certain extent,
LENORE KASDORF "Look, I can do this, and I can still be
an actress, and I can still be [quote marks and rolls her eyes]respectable." [See, she doesn't even believe it as she's
ANDREA CAGAN "It's an interesting mixture of feminism,
because there we were being exploited in a certain way
[in EVERY way], and at the same time we were showing
that we were powerful women." Now I'm rolling my eyes, thankfully, they inject reality with
the male point of view again:
JOHN LANDIS "They took control, but they'll show you their
LADIES, Let's be clear here. This is MALE garbage!
Don't promote nudity as liberating. Until we live in a world where
women are safe, it's completely WRONG and irresponsible.
Back to Reality Thank you John Landis. Intelligent women know there
is no power with nudity. Men just dismiss you as stupid.
Doesn't matter if you're toting a gun if your tits are jiggling
while you do it. It's plain and simple: one cancels the other
If you portray yourself in a sexual way, you lose
And what do they follow this "Feminism" segment up with?
Naked women segment!
JOHN LANDIS [again, telling you what men really think] "I don't
buy that Feminist stuff."
And they interject a clip of a topless women covering her breasts
saying "What are you talking about? It's a tit shot pure and
simple." THE FILM
ITSELF IS SAYING THAT THE FEMINIST ANGLE IS CRAP.
ITS ALL BULLSHIT: GIVE
WOMEN 'POWER' but then take
it away by objectifying them.
"Feminism with aggressive women was not going to be palatable in the
mass [MALE] market without tits and ass." It's
really sad that she still sees the world as male, sadder still that
it's true. BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE. We can make our own market!
If that doesn't say they're stupid, well, just let them say it
ANDREA CAGAN "Somehow we had to do that in order to get to
the next step. [Except they already said that none of them did.
It didn't work to advance any of their careers.] I didn't feel
bad about it."
[methinks she doth protest too much] "I saw it as a path."
To what? Have you ever heard of Andrea Cagan?
JUDY BROWN "Are we not taking this a little too seriously,
And then the film itself once again negates the feminist spin the women are
trying to put on it with this clip quote: "This is not a film about the human condition, this is a film
about tits and ass."
. Hardly The film then goes into the Political theme of some of
the movies, but then, no surprise, they totally negate all that as
an excuse for more exploitation.
They discuss that filmmakers
could get away with more stuff "because nobody's looking".
And yet, they don't realize that in commenting on what you could and
could not get away with in the Philippines, they ignore that the
world was watching this crap.
"Women in Jeopardy"
Theme . . . A metaphor for modern life A man spits at a women who is on the floor, topless. He spits as
her and says "Pig! Ready for the butcher." and a
voiceover with men shooting at fleeing women and a woman (assumingly
wounded) with cleavage showing, writhing on the jungle floor:
"Come, join the woman hunt, set your sites on the tastiest game."
As I watched I could NOT believe I heard this:
EDDIE ROMERO "Pretty basic formulas: Women
being kidnapped, and sold into slavery." Basic! WAKE UP WORLD! There are more
female sex slaves today than in past eras combined.
And these movies are no small part of the war against women.
ROMERO "These are not really the kind of films that I'd been
longing to make. They were the films that I had to make considering
what the market had to offer; what the market wanted."
[THEY CREATED THAT MARKET!]
Then, someone says he wasn't proud of the films, and pretty much
disavowed them later in his career.
"They Don't Need Clothes
To Strike A Pose" JOE DANTE "As the pictures went on, they became
a little more threadbare [pun unintended], and when "Cover
Girl Models" rolled around, it was pretty much the mideer? (end) of
the period." But what it did have, was it did have was a lot of
dresses because they were supposed to be fashion models, and we
said, 'They're always over exposed, (and in unison with ALAN
ARKUSH) but they're never underdeveloped. Very important."
AND THEN . . . there is a clip from the movie inserted with the
voicover: " . . . If his camera could talk, he's be in jail
for statutory rape."
OH. MY. GOD.
Speaking of statutory rape: This is one of the MANY things that is
wrong with the world. Images that come to mind are Ultra music
festival with young girls in underwear as clothing or body paint.
But then look at Victoria's Secret. Young girls are supposed
to aspire to that, but it's no longer something you wear in private.
It's okay to wear whatever you want, and it's not an excuse for why
you were raped? Really. Keep telling yourself that you are not
sending a "fuck me" message when you're half naked. It may take
getting raped to make you see the light, but it's wrong.
And it's very dangerous for all women.
"They wanted love, he gave them
terror and death."
Just like real life.
Imitation is the Sincerest Form
of Flattery They go on to speak about Dir. CIRIO H. SANTIAGO'S movies (he
made more than 100),
"Firecracker" (1981)"The screen's first erotic kung fu
classic" (she's topless) and "Vampire Hookers" (1978), and
Producer/Director BOBBY SUAREZ'S "Cleopatra Wong"
(1978), "Bionic Boy" (1977), "Dynamite Johnson: The
Return of The Bionic Boy" (1979), and "The One-Armed
It hit me that, in as short as the clips were they were showing
of these movies, that they reminded me of scenes in other, later,
Action Movies, like "Commando" (1985) (garden shootout), "XXX"
(2002) (motorcycle on the barn), and "The Condemned'
(2007) (helicopter scene).
Winding Down In the overall 'big picture' about making movies in the
Philippines, they cover FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA'S "Apocalypse Now",
a circus, and the "Weng Weng" movies, a freak show (a 2' 9"
actor Ernesto de la Cruz), and the effect of market
saturation, distribution, critical, and the demise of drive-ins/grindhouses.
The unstable political situation in the Philippines ultimately
killed filmmaking there.
Looking back, I credit New York Mayor ED KOCH (served
1978-89) with helping put an end to these movies. He sounded off
about the growing crime in New York City and did something about it,
including cleaning up Times Square where there were many porno
houses. To me, it was a dose of sanity to stop making objectionable
movies. Like we came to our senses.
Likening "Jaws" (1975) to a ROGER CORMAN film, they
mention "Pirhana" (1978), "Up From The Depths" (1979),
and "Humanoids of the Deep" (1980), they make the point
that when these movies imitated big hits, they flopped, and says the
helped kill them as well.
Female Action Leads
At the end when the credits roll, actress GLORIA HENDRY says "We
did have an audience for these movies, which helped the studios go
'Ha-huh, I think I'll have another female Action lead, which is
good, very good." Riiiiggghttt. Like that happened.
Not until now has this even begun to happen with Gina Carano,
and with Scarlett Johansson being given her own Black
Widow movie. Cynthia Rothrock toiled practically in
anonymity! Of all the summer Action Movies for 2014, women are
still relegated to being victims and girlfriends, or worst of all,
nude and body painted (Mystique) when her character in the
comic has a costume. All we have to look forward to is what
Sylvester Stallone allows Ronda Rousey to do in the
ultimate boys club The Expendables 3 (thankfully he has 3
daughters), and what power Tom Cruise gives Emily Blunt's
character in Edge of Tomorrow.
ACTRESS NAME "I think salaciousness of them and the sexiness
is so trivial by today's standards that you can really look at these
films and you can say 'Gee these are really fun.'"
Is she crazy?
Fight for the Future
At the end of it all I am fine with the freedom to make a movie
about whatever you want to make it about, however . . . I do not
have to see it, and, I am free to say that I believe there is a
cause and effect between the depiction of sexualized violence
against women and real-life violence against women committed by men. Ted Bundy
said it all for me as well (transcript of the video at the bottom).
When the world is safe for women,
or when men are equally objectified and equally victimized, then
we'll talk. Until then, I speak for all women when I say I don't want
to promote this kind of film. There are too many better movies
than those with scenes where a naked girl takes a cell phone out of
her vagina just before she is killed with a machete ("Machete").
I truly loved ActionFest (which, sadly, has not been held the last two
years) and wanted it to continue to grow and succeed. I was
thrilled when they added the "Chick Norris" Award for
2012 and gave it to Gina
Carano. Women are more than 50% of the population and with
the popularity of gaming, the market for strong women in Action Movies
is growing. (As
reflected in gaming.) We teach our sons to fight and protect
themselves, but not our daughters, and our daughters need it more. Maybe
a trend in teaching girls to fight will help them fight back and end
domestic violence. Bullies understand only one thing, violence, so kick
their ass. I believe there is a huge market for physically strong women
in Action Movies, not the waif types like Gal Gadot as Wonder
Woman. WTF?! That's male casting. Can't believe it wasn't Gina
Carano. Our time will come.
________________________________ REVIEWS of Machete Maidens Unleashed
1. April 5, 2010 | Greg B. •
Cinesploitation: Exploitation, Slease, Grindhouse,
Sexploitation, and Horror News & Reviews"Machete Maidens
"It is the first detailed examination and celebration
of Filipino genre films"
2. August 3, 2010 | Andrew Nette •
PULP CURRY: Crime, hard-boiled and curried
Perhaps what I think is missing from your review, having
seen it with you, is acknowledgement of the corrupt
beauty that a lust for distribution and money drives in the
cinematic arts. It is not Visconti or Bertolucci, but it is
film, it had an audience. The porn aesthetic, "B" grade
production values, low resolution, coarse lighting and framing
underlies a primaeval desire to create visual images that is
both disturbing and insidously seductive. Why do I look
at moving images, irrespective of their credibility. What draws
my eyes to images that are fantastically awful. Machete
Maidens Unleashed, if nothing else poses the question of
understanding the willingness of a western liberal
[MALE] capitalist audience to
consume images in the same way that it consumes fast food.
Good points, Craig, especially the seductive nature of
the porn aesthetic, b grade production values and visual feel
of the movies in Machete Maidens. Not only does the film
raise questions about the way Western audiences consume images,
it highlights the way that much of the Western film industry
approaches film making in much the same way that a car maker
scours the world for the cheapest labour. . . .
3. August 4, 2010 | Ron
Nachmann • Dangerous Minds
"here's something about the film from it's official site:
'At last, the all-too-often overlooked world of drive-in filler
from Manila gets the Mark Hartley treatment' . . . 'a
jaw-dropping story to tell about filmmaking with no budget, no
scruples, no boundaries and – more often than not – no clothes.'
"And on to the red band-worthy trailer, to be watched at
your own discretion:"
From Wikipedia: A green band is an all-green
graphic at the beginning of the trailer. Until April 2009,
these cards indicated that they had been approved for "all
audiences" and often included the movie's
MPAA rating. This
signified that the trailer adheres to the standards for
motion picture advertising outlined by the MPAA, which
include limitations on foul language and violent, sexual,
or otherwise objectionable imagery. . . .
Trailers that do not adhere to these guidelines may be
issued a red band, which indicates approval for only
"restricted" or "mature" audiences. These trailers may only
be shown before R-rated, NC-17-rated, or unrated movies.
These trailers may include nudity, profanity or other
material deemed inappropriate for children.
"Here's the full list of interviewees, in one big fat
brick of excitement: Carmen Argenziano, Allan Arkush, Alan
Birkinshaw, Judy Brown, Andrea Cagan, Colleen Camp, Steve
Carver, Roger Corman, Leigh Christian, Marlene Clark, Joe Dante,
Jon Davison, Marissa Delgado, Nick Deocampo, R Lee Ermey, Leo
Fong, Eddie Garcia, Franco Guerrero, Sid Haig, Gloria Hendry,
Jack Hill, Darby Hinton, Mark Holcomb, Lenore Kasdorf, Rosanne
Katon, Jayne Kennedy, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Paul Koslo, John
Landis, Marrie Lee, Margaret Markov, Jan Merlin, Dick Miller,
Christopher Mitchum, Eddie Nicart, Trina Parks, Danny Peary,
Efren C. Pinon, Barbara Pokras, Corliss Randall, Susanne Reed,
Ricardo Remias, Eddie Romero, Fred Roos, Laurie Rose, Digna
Santiago, Jane Schaffer, Sam Sherman, Brian Trenchard-Smith,
Dean Tavoularis, Pete Tombs, Joe Viola, Patrick Wayne, Celeste
Yarnall, Joe Zucchero"
"Machete Maidens Unleashed! is a fun crowd pleaser."
YEAH, a fun for a crowd OF MEN.
". . . John Landis - whose head would likely explode if he
smiled any more, the man was clearly having the time of his life
. . . Hartley dives headlong into how this explosion of the
perverse and bizarre came to be in the first place setting it
all into context while alsoreveling in the sheer lunacy
of the films he's putting on screen."
"You like breasts? There are lots of them here, the large
majority of them naked. Explosions? Lots of those, too, some
also involving nudity."
"These were ridiculous films made under ridiculous circumstances
and all involved seem just plain surprised that they managed
to get away with doing it for as long as they did."
"Hartley dips into the serious side of things, too, don't get me
wrong, but the director of this film seems abundantly
aware that he needs to match the energy of those films if
he is to have any chance of success and he does exactly that.
This is one wild, wild ride."
[emphasis here is as it was in the original article]
"it probably features a higher body count than anything in
the official Madness selection, to say nothing of the copious
nudity, crazy latex creatures and the presence of genre icons
Joe Dante, John Landis and Roger Corman among the key interview
subjects. Yep, this one's as crazy as they come."
"Cue the montage of jaw-dropping clips!"
"Has anyone done a tally of the number of naked
breasts in the film?
COUNT = NOT ME "No, but I'll give a packet of Tim Tams to anyone up for the
challenge! And please note, breasts are only one-third of the film's
content – don't forget the blood and beasts!"
"As shocking and lurid as many of the
women-in-prison, jungle action, mad scientist and martial arts
movies made in the Philippines were, the back stories may
actually surpass the films in their shocking details. But when
the films being discussed and shown in Hartley's trademark
montage style are as wildly entertaining as FOR YOUR HEIGHT
ONLY, MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND, THE TWILIGHT PEOPLE, THE BIG
DOLL HOUSE and TNT JACKSON, it may be a tie."
"MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED might just be the funniest, fastest,
most shocking film you'll see all year. Featuring hilarious and
informative interviews with Roger Corman, Pam Grier, Sid Haig,
John Landis, Joe Dante, Eddie Romero, Cirio Santiago and many
more of the people who made the golden age of Filipino
exploitation what it was."
"Enjoyably colorful and palpably passionate about its
"offers eclectic (and
adults only) film clips galore"
[well, thank you for that (emphasis added)]
says these films aren't
"quite as lovable" as the Australian
films in NQH
MH is "quite the excellent
curator of globally tacky cinema"
"It's a fun look back at a simpler time in
moviemaking, though it also serves to remind us that the likes
of The Women Hunters and Vampires Hookers
are still being made. The recent Nicolas Cage movie Drive
wouldn't look out of place in this documentary, and the upcoming
Sucker Punch seems a direct descendent as well. The only
difference, aside from bigger budgets, is computer-generated
effects. Seems cyberspace is the new Philippines."
"Since Hollywood is embracing the genre once again,
it is only fitting to see the hidden gems
of the 2010 TIFF finally hit theatres this past weekend."
Embracing the genre?! God I hope not, but EXCUSE
ME! SAYS WHO?
"Since the censors rarely watched the types of films that
many of the directors, including Roger Corman and Eddie Romero,
were producing, they were able to get away with content that
would be considered unheard of today. "
"The interesting thing about some of the
responses is how many of the actresses viewed many of the
B-movies as feminist films."
Not that many.
"Although many of the films featured a lot of female
nudity and, in some cases, violence against women, the B-movie
genre was the only genre to feature female leads in action
roles. In many ways they were the first female action heroes.
Despite some of the atrocities the characters may have endured,
by the end of the film, they always rose up against their
oppressors and saved the day. If you really think about it,
there are very few action films nowadays that feature a female
lead. Studios just do not see them as bankable action stars."
THAT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE THE MALE FANTASY VERSION of a FEMALE
ACTION STAR!!!! and also because they are aimed at male
"Hartley himself does not offer any judgment in regards
to the genre. "
I beg to differ! What he chose to show reflects as his
"salaciously titled" "what can only be described as one of the genre's most
shameless periods." "One need not spend countless hours wallowing through the mire
that's showcased here (although why wouldn't you want to?) to
gleam an appreciation for the subject. "
Really?! And what appreciation is that? That's what I want to
17. Mark Hartley on how he got the
project—not his idea
The Search for Weng Weng
Interview by Colin Geddes at TIFF10
"Maybe it's a reflection of the subject matter, but most of
the clips in Machete Maidens Unleashed did not make me
want to see many of the films. "
and THANK GOD FOR THAT!
Yay Fred! (I got to meet him and sit with him for
a showing at ActionFest 2011—He's super nice and has great interview
"There are plenty of booby clips too. The discussion of a
feminist movement shows the actresses are good sports, and the
segment has nonstop nudity." "It didn't do any damage to my Netflix queue but it's a good
SIGNAL with Kim Troby
interview with TED BUNDY
The evening before his execution in 1989, serial killer TED BUNDY
sat down for an exclusive interview with DR. JAMES DOBSON.
Bundy took responsibility for his actions but he blamed PORNOGRAPHY
as a key factor in the killings of at least 35 women and
I've lived in prison for a long time now, and, I've met a lot of men
who were motivated to commit violence, just like me. And,
without exception, EVERY ONE OF THEM, was deeply involved in
pornography, without question, without exception.
Bundy requested the interview with Dr. Dobson because he had watched
him serve on the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography.
He trusted the focus on the family . . . founder to convey HIS
And what scares and appalls me, Dr. Dobson, is when I see what's on
cable TV (chuckles) some of the movies, I mean some of the violence
in the movies, uh, that come into homes today was stuff that they,
that they wouldn't show in X-rated adult theaters 30 years ago. This
stuff . . .
[DR. DOBSON The slasher movies that you're talking about?]
That stuff is, I am telling you, from personal experience,
the most . . . that is graphic violence on screen . . .
particularly as it gets into the home to children who may be
unattended or unaware that they may be a Ted Bundy who has that,
that vulnerability to that, that pre-disposition to be influenced by
that kind of behavior, by that kind of um, of um, that kind of
movie, that kind of violence.
DANIEL WEISS with Focus on The Family Action says Bundy's words were
think there's a real disconnect in society where we can, even, even
20 years later, look at Ted Bundy and say “Hey we condemn what this
man has done, it's horrible and tragic, and we don't like it” but at
the same time we have entertainment shows all over the place like
CSI, Special Victims Unit, and even, you know, a film today, My
Bloody Valentine, which glorifiesin this kind of
SEXUALIZED VIOLENCE that Bundy was committed . . .
Bundy was really right to distrust the mainstream media because
right now porn stars are on talk shows, they have best-selling
books; and it's kind of like society is just covering up this idea
that porn is harmful and it's just, you know, harmless fun. Dr.
Dobson knew better: He had shown as much by his service on the
Attorney General's Commission. And Bundy knew this to be true
so he wanted to entrust that message to someone who would tell it