Filipino Exploitation Cinema

by jrdatak | created - 30 Oct 2011 | updated - 30 Oct 2011 | Public

List of exploitation films made in the Philippines, as presented in the documentary Machete Maidens Unleashed.

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1. The Big Doll House (1971)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Judith Brown, Brooke Mills

Votes: 2,056 | Gross: $10.00M

2. Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History

A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Roger Corman, John Landis, Pete Tombs, Mark Holcomb

Votes: 1,481

3. Women in Cages (1971)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

American women prisoners in a foreign country. Sex and action.

Director: Gerardo de Leon | Stars: Judith Brown, Roberta Collins, Jennifer Gan, Pam Grier

Votes: 1,231

4. The Big Bird Cage (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Grier and Haig are thieving mercenaries who engineer a prison break from the outside.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Anitra Ford, Candice Roman, Teda Bracci

Votes: 2,046

5. The Hot Box (1972)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Hot action and lust in the steamy tropical jungle, as heroines break out of a women's prison and start a local revolution.

Director: Joe Viola | Stars: Carmen Argenziano, Andrea Cagan, Margaret Markov, Rickey Richardson

Votes: 199

6. Night of the Cobra Woman (1972)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

After being bitten by a cobra in the Philipines, Lena can turn herself into a snake and she stops aging. The curse comes with a price. The priestess Lena must consume cobra venom and vital young men to stay young.

Director: Andrew Meyer | Stars: Joy Bang, Marlene Clark, Roger Garrett, Vic Diaz

Votes: 286

7. Black Mama White Mama (1973)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A black prostitute and a white revolutionary must form an uneasy alliance when they are busted out of prison and are pursued by guerrillas, bounty hunters and the army.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden

Votes: 2,495

8. The Woman Hunt (1972)

R | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A foreign correspondent is kidnapped and used for human prey.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: John Ashley, Pat Woodell, Sid Haig, Charlene Jones

Votes: 133

9. Savage! (1973)

R | 81 min | Action, Drama

Action packed story of how Jim Haygood (James Glehart) young, black and brilliant becomes the legendary leader of a rebel army. In a daring ambush on the beach Moncada, elusive leader of ... See full summary »

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: James Iglehart, Lada Edmund Jr., Carol Speed, Sally Jordan

Votes: 89

10. Fly Me (1973)

R | 74 min | Action, Drama

Stewardesses battle kung fu killers.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Pat Anderson, Lenore Kasdorf, Lyllah Torena, Richard Young

Votes: 129

11. Savage Sisters (1974)

R | 86 min | Action, Drama

A corrupt General plans on smuggling one million US dollars out of the Banana Republic he dominates. Local revolutionaries plan on stealing the cash but are thwarted when a bandit leader ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Gloria Hendry, Cheri Caffaro, Rosanna Ortiz, John Ashley

Votes: 248

12. TNT Jackson (1974)

R | 72 min | Action

A young karate expert searches for her brother's killer in Hong Kong.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Jeannie Bell, Stan Shaw, Pat Anderson, Ken Metcalfe

Votes: 897

13. Cover Girl Models (1975)

R | 73 min | Thriller

A fashion photography assignment teams three American models and inadvertently plunges them into the mystery and danger of international espionage.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Pat Anderson, Lindsay Bloom, Tara Strohmeier, John Kramer

Votes: 165

14. She Devils in Chains (1976)

PG | 76 min | Action, Drama

An American track team has just arrived in The Philippines for an international competition. Among the competitors are Ginger and Pam, nicknamed "Ivory" and "Ebony", who meet up with ... See full summary »

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Rosanne Katon, Colleen Camp, Sylvia Anderson, Ken Washington

Votes: 136

15. Hollywood Boulevard (1976)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Thriller

In this satire on 70s B-movie industry, a young ditsy pretty blond arrives in Hollywood to try her luck as an actress. After some mishap, a shady agent finds her a job with a sleazy B-movie crew plagued by strange deadly accidents.

Directors: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante | Stars: Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, George Wagner, Jonathan Kaplan

Votes: 912

16. Firecracker (1981)

R | 77 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Femme fatale martial arts expert teaches the mafia a lesson.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Jillian Kesner, Darby Hinton, Rey Malonzo, Ken Metcalfe

Votes: 457

17. Terror Is a Man (1959)

Approved | 90 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage.

Directors: Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero | Stars: Francis Lederer, Greta Thyssen, Richard Derr, Oscar Keesee

Votes: 614

18. The Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1962)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, War

An American intelligence agent is captured by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War II. A team is put together to try to rescue him.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Leopoldo Salcedo, Michael Parsons, Efren Reyes, Jennings Sturgeon

Votes: 52

19. Intramuros (1964)

Not Rated | 88 min | War, Drama

This gritty, atmospheric war movie dramatizes a chapter of World War II history in which 10,000 Japanese soldiers, fearing execution if they surrendered, disobeyed their own superiors' ... See full summary »

Directors: Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero | Stars: Jock Mahoney, Fernando Poe Jr., Michael Parsons, Oscar Roncal

Votes: 81

20. Brides of Blood (1968)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Natives of a tropical island have to contend with man-eating plants and animals, mutations caused by radioactivity. Virgin sacrifices become the norm. A small group of interlopers become caught up in the mayhem.

Directors: Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero | Stars: Kent Taylor, Beverly Powers, John Ashley, Eva Darren

Votes: 670

21. Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968)

M | 85 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A man who loves to travel, travels to an island where a mad doctor is creating zombies.

Directors: Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero | Stars: John Ashley, Angelique Pettyjohn, Ronald Remy, Alicia Alonzo

Votes: 617

22. Beast of Blood (1970)

GP | 90 min | Adventure, Horror

A mad scientist creates a monster, but after its head is cut off, he keeps it alive in a serum he has invented.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: John Ashley, Celeste Yarnall, Eddie Garcia, Liza Belmonte

Votes: 414

23. Beast of the Yellow Night (1971)

R | 87 min | Horror

Satan saves Ashley from death on condition he become his disciple (and, as it turns out, a hairy murderous beast).

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: John Ashley, Mary Charlotte Wilcox, Leopoldo Salcedo, Eddie Garcia

Votes: 568

24. The Twilight People (1972)

PG | 81 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A kidnapped diver is taken to an island inhabited by a mad scientist and his half-animal, half-human creations.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: John Ashley, Pat Woodell, Jan Merlin, Charles Macaulay

Votes: 465

25. Up from the Depths (1979)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A giant shark-like creature preys on a Hawaiian tourist community.

Director: Charles B. Griffith | Stars: Sam Bottoms, Susanne Reed, Virgil Frye, Kedric Wolfe

Votes: 650

26. Beyond Atlantis (1973)

PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A band of adventurers invade a native island determined to grab a reported fortune in buried treasure. The islanders are just as determined to keep their sacred treasure. Complications ensue.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Patrick Wayne, John Ashley, Leigh Christian, Sid Haig

Votes: 283

28. Master Samurai (1974)

91 min | Action

In 1909 Arizona, retired lawman Sam Burgade's life is thrown upside-down when his old enemy Zach Provo and six other convicts escape a chain-gang in the Yuma Territorial Prison and come ... See full summary »

Directors: Cesar Gallardo, Jun Gallardo | Stars: Christopher Mitchum, Von Serna, Larry Chiu, Romeo Rivera

Votes: 36

29. The Muthers (1976)

R | 83 min | Action, Drama

A band of female pirates go undercover at a prison camp on a coffee plantation to rescue their leader's sister.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Jeannie Bell, Rosanne Katon, Trina Parks, Jayne Kennedy

Votes: 391

30. She's Too Hot to Handle (1977)

R | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Sexy adventure film has international hit lady Caffaro involved in James Bondish escapades in Manila.

Director: Don Schain | Stars: Cheri Caffaro, Aharon Ipalé, Vic Diaz, Corinne Calvet

Votes: 201

31. The Bionic Boy (1977)

95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

An Interpol agent is killed by gangsters after he saves the life of a wealthy industrialist who stood in their way. When the rest of his family is killed in a car crash, the Interpol ... See full summary »

Director: Leody M. Diaz | Stars: Johnson Yap, Joe Sison, Chito Guerrero, Danny Rojo

Votes: 49

32. The Return of the Bionic Boy (1979)

95 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Master Johnson Yap stars as Dynamite Johnson a crippled boy who undergoes an operation by bionic doctors to make him superbionic. In the same hospital is a man suffering from terrible burns... See full summary »

Director: Bobby A. Suarez | Stars: Johnson Yap, Marrie Lee, Ken Metcalfe, Joseph Zucchero

Votes: 43

33. Mean Business (1979)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An underworld kingpin's daughter is kidnapped by his own men. So, he calls in Cleopatra Wong, a beautiful karate queen. She brings a team with her - a 300+ pound psychic and a female impersonator.

Director: Bobby A. Suarez | Stars: Marrie Lee, Franco Guerrero, Florence Carvajal, Johnny Wilson

Votes: 70

34. Cleopatra Wong (1978)

110 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Singapore's top policewoman, Miss Cleopatra Wong, who heads the Seasian Interpol Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D.), teams up with her Filipino counterpart to bust a counterfeit ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby A. Suarez | Stars: George Estregan, Dante Varona, Marrie Lee, Johnny Wilson

Votes: 135

35. The One Armed Executioner (1981)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama

This is the story of an Interpol agent turned restaurateur, out for revenge against the gangsters that cut off his arm and killed his bride. This tragedy left him deeply depressed, and his ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby A. Suarez | Stars: Franco Guerrero, Jody Kay, Mike Cohen, Pete Cooper

Votes: 95

36. Vampire Hookers (1978)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

Carradine is an aged vampire who has a bevy of vampiric beauties who lure many of their customers back to his lair. A pair of virile young Navy sailors get mixed up in their shenanigans.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: John Carradine, Bruce Fairbairn, Trey Wilson, Karen Stride

Votes: 531

37. For Y'ur Height Only (1981)

88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Mr. Giant has kidnapped the brilliant Dr. Van Kohler and is planning to use the Doctor's invention, the N-bomb, to hold the world hostage. The only one who can foil Mr. Giant's evil scheme ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Nicart | Stars: Weng Weng, Yehlen Catral, Carmi Martin, Anna Marie Gutierrez

Votes: 909

38. The Impossible Kid of Kung Fu (1982)

81 min | Action, Comedy

Weng Weng is now working for the Manila branch of Interpol. The Chief sends him in the pursuit of Mr X, an arch villian with a white sock on his head, who is holding the Philippines to ... See full summary »

Director: Eddie Nicart | Stars: Weng Weng, Romy Diaz, Nina Sara, Tony Carreon

Votes: 382

39. The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

A tough sergeant and his sidekick roll into a demoralized firebase and proceed to rebuild morale and fortifications in advance of the climactic battle with the VietCong.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Wings Hauser, R. Lee Ermey, Robert Arevalo, Mark Neely

Votes: 2,395



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