Thanks to the Internet and the efforts of obsessive fanboys and girls – many of them outside the
Quentin Tarantino, for one, has openly acknowledged his cinematic debt to a number of Pinoy exploitation movies even as he combines grindhouse aesthetics with A-list
A recent international film festival actually held a screening of the camp midnight movie classic “
It is on the worldwide web, however, where these movies continue to live a preternatural half-life, as downloadable torrents, or legal online DVD purchases, and enshrined as the content of lovingly constructed websites and blogs, ripe for rediscovery.
• A good place to start is http://andrewleavold.blogspot. com/, a weblog maintained by Australian Andrew Leavold, who runs a video rental place in
• Thankfully, we have a local counterpart in http://video48.blogspot.com/. Maintained by one Simon Santos, the site offers a somewhat more balanced view of Philippine cinema, including as it does more mainstream films and fewer of the more extreme type (although it has its share of Pinoy movie arcana, offering for instance, proof of the existence of a 1987 bold film actually titled “Diligin ng Suka ang Uhaw na Lumpia”). It also covers Tagalog komiks and other aspects of Filipino popular culture, with an equally obsessive attention to detail. With a wealth of archival material including news items, photographs, movie posters and scanned artwork, video48 is a true labor of fanboy love. (click images above to read the article in full)