Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
As difficult as the films of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were to predict when they were released during the heyday of Cannon Films, their output is almost more difficult to understand now. The seat of the pants craziness that was Cannon’s stock in trade isn’t often seen today, unless via the ironically bad output of Asylum and similar outfits. So let’s go back to the footloose ’80s with this Electric Boogaloo trailer.
Golan and Globus bought the Cannon name in 1979, and through the early ’90s churned out an amazing series of low-budget near-exploitation films that were all violence, titillation, crude humor, and weird story concepts. Naturally, the movies are now hailed as being pretty awesome. (Just get a copy of, say, Ninja III: The Domination to see how magnificently insane Cannon projects could be.)
The documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films traces (obviously) the history of the company, and does so with a wild energy that is fitting for the films in question. Check out the trailer below.
Note: this trailer is not safe for work due to brief nudity.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films has started to do festival rounds; you’ll likely be able to see it in 2015.
A documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus – two movie-obsessed cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed – and the tale of how this passion ultimately led to the demise of the company they built together.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is not just a hilarious tale of scattergun movie making, but of two cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed, and how ultimately this passion would come between them and the company they built together. This is a one-of-a-kind story about two-of-a-kind men who (for better or worse) changed film forever.
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