Machete title

Tag line : They just messed with the wrong Mexican!

MachetePerhaps not really a horror movie in the true sense of the word, but one that should appeal to horror fans, Machete stars genre actor Danny Trejo (you know, the barman out of "From Dusk Till Dawn") as a former Mexican Federale, who was double crossed by his corrupt boss, and now lives in Texas as an illegal immigrant, taking whatever menial jobs come his way.

However, one day he's given an offer he cannot refuse, when a local businessman offers him $150,000 to assassinate a high ranking Texan state senator (played by Robert DeNiro), as he doesn't agree with his hard line on immigration. Unfortunately, the whole thing turns out to be yet another double cross, as the entire plot has been set up to fail, in order to garner sympathy for Senator McLoughlin's campaign, with Machete being the fall guy.

Aided by his brother, a gun toting Padre (Cheech Marin), and a young girl named Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), who runs a network that helps illegal immigrants, they set out to help clear Machete's name and bring down the real bad guys. But with people on both sides of the law looking for him, including the senators men, a professional hit man (played by SFX legend Tom Savini), a South American drugs lord (Steven Segal) and a hard nosed Immigration officer (played by Jessica Alba), its going to be one hell of a ride!

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film is action packed, though in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek style and is really how those "Grindhouse" films he did with Quentin Tarantino ("Death Proof" and "Planet Terror") should have been made. If you liked Rodriguez other movies, like "From Dusk till Dawn" and "Desperado", then you should also enjoy this.

Bloody good fun!

Overall marks : 7/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "He was given an offer he couldn't refuse", "If you're going to hire Machete to kill the bad guy, you better make damn sure the bad guy isn't you", "He knows the score. He gets the women. And he kills the bad guys", "Yesterday He Was a Decent Man Living a Decent Life. Now He is a Brutal Savage Who Must Slaughter to Stay Alive", "A Pissed Off Mexican Out to Settle a Score".

  • The film's budget was $10,000,000.

  • The movie started life as a fake trailer, which was shown between the films "Death Proof" and "Planet Terror" (which were originally shown as a double bill in the US). Such was the interest in the trailer, Robert Rodriguez developed it into a full motion picture.

  • Don Johnson's character was originally called LT Stillman, but the name was changed during production to Von Jackson. However, some of the advance promotional materials still had the name LT Stillman on them.

  • The first film in which Danny Trejo has played the title character.

  • Robert Rodriguez was also supposed to be directing "Predators" but both projects got the green light at the same time, so he had to pass on that to direct this. Instead he ended up producing that movie and letting Nimrod Antal direct it.

  • Danny Trejo also played a character called Machete in the 3 "Spy Kids" films.

  • The bodyguard at the Senators ranch who speaks to Machete in Hungarian was played by Nimrod Antal, who directed "Predators".

  • Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin and Jeff Fahey also featured in the original fake trailer.

  • Robert Rodriguez apparently wrote the script back in 1993 whilst working on "Desparado".

  • This was the first theatrically released film Steven Segal had appeared in since he was in "Half Past Dead" in 2002.

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