When it was announced that 'Not Quite Hollywood' director Mark Hartley was returning to Fantastic Fest with his new doc, 'Machete Maidens Unleashed,' it caused no small twinge of excitement. This time around, Hartley is focusing his cinematic microscope on the wild, weird, and unabashedly entertaining world of Filipino exploitation cinema. More specifically, the doc focuses on American studios coming into The Philippines to crank out a truckload of these films. While it doesn't have quite the flair and punchy pacing of the 'Not Quite Hollywood,' 'Machete Maidens Unleashed' provides the same treat for insatiable lovers of cinema obscurité. The list of interviewees that Hartley got for this film is extensive and chock-full of movie geek gold standards: Roger Corman, Joe Dante, John Landis, R. Lee Ermy, and Pam Grier all lend their stories and insights into the insanity of this bizarre subgenre. If you found yourself taking extensive notes during 'Not Quite Hollywood,' prepare your must-see lists for another influx of schlock.
Cinematical was fortunate enough to sit down with Mark and talk a little bit about his background, his process, and why no one should underestimate the genius of 'Psycho II.'