I wish I could say Machete Joe is a good film. I wish I could say I enjoyed it. More than anything, I wish I could recommend it because, in a very, very specific but important way, I’d like to see more films like Machete Joe.
On the technical side, the nicest, most generous way to describe Machete Joe is as a slightly above average student film. First year student film. The kind that gets a shrug from the other students and a polite nod from the instructor.
Hopefully, more genuinely talented, creative makers of Slasher films will soon begin using actors of differing ethnic backgrounds, making movies that highlight both diversity and excellence. Machete Joe does great on the former—it just doesn’t even come close on the latter.