A few days ago, I mentioned my admiration for the 1980s schlock movie company Cannon Films and the upcoming documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. The film, directed by Mark Hartley of Not Quite Hollywood fame, recounts the story of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus; two Israeli-born cousins with a love for movies — any movie — and a desire to make it big by generating more product than anyone else.
Taking control of Cannon in 1979, Golan and Globus left behind a treasure trove of films like The Apple, Over the Top, Breakin’ and its famously-named sequel, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Using money from the next production to pay for the one already being made, the party ended when the cousins tried to enter the majors by agreeing to produce Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and Masters of the Universe.
Recounted by directors and other staff who had the fortune — or misfortune — to work at Cannon, the film is a truly funny tale of two guys who loved movies so much, they willed them into existence and never cared if they were any good. While some of their methods were questionable, there was an admirable spirit at work in the company’s office. Granted, quality control was not part of that spirit.
Warner Bros. plans to screen the film at select Landmark Theaters on September 17th in the following locations: Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco (Embarcadero Center Cinema), San Francisco (Guild Theatre), St. Louis, Washington D.C.
If you ever saw Cobra, a Missing in Action film or King Solomon’s Mines on your local TV station’s Sunday film marathon, go out and see the story behind their improbable creation. Here’s the trailer to whet the appetite: