Taco trucks, ponchos and machine guns fill Robert Rodriguez’s gonzo ode to all that’s loco and south of the border, as Danny Trejo slices and dices his way through scores of anti-immigration politicians and border vigilantes. It’s pretty much the ne plus ultra of the genre Rodriguez calls “mexploitation,” in which he has dabbled since his half-a-shoestring debut, 1992’s El Mariachi.
Machete originated as one of the fake trailers for Grindhouse, the Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino twofer that tried to bring back horror exploitation flicks. Pair the flick with the recently released Black Dynamite, which revisited blaxploitation, it makes you wonder what’s next. Canada-sploitation, with hardcore flannel and graphic politeness? Maybe go across the Atlantic to Europe for some czechsploitation? One genre that’s actually on the rise is hobo-sploitation, at least based off of the hilarious new trailer for the upcoming feature Hobo With A Shotgun, also originally from Grindhouse, which stars Rutger Hauer as, well, a hobo with a shotgun. Check it out below, but watch out, it’s pretty NSFW.
Personally, 17 years after the release of Jurassic Park, I’m still aching for a resurgence in t-rexploitation. What do you think PopWatchers? What cheesy genre should be minted next?
EW’s ‘Machete’ review
‘Machete,’ ‘The American,’ and ‘Going the Distance': Did you agree with me? And which one did you like best?
‘Machete’ and ‘The American’ neck and neck at Friday box office