ELECTRIC BOOGALOO Review | TIFF 2014

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I love learning behind-the-scenes stories about movies, and the crazier the movie and the production team behind it, the better.  During the 1980s, no major studio was making movies like Cannon, which was run by Israelis Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.  Their schlocky movies have developed a cult following over the years, and although some of it is ironic appreciation, the stories behind those films are fascinating.  In his new documentary, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, director Mark Hartley regales us with wild anecdotes and clips, and while the structure is a bit scattershot, it’s still an exciting and hilarious look at the madness that went into creating delightfully loony pictures.

Drafthouse Films Picks up US Rights to ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS

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I like that director Mark Hartley is out there making movies.  His previous films, Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens Unleashed, went inside the sub-culture of cheap and dirty filmmaking that still provided entertaining genre fare.  However, his new film, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, finally brings him closer to Hollywood.  The movie explores the studio created by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.  Their films were still quick, dirty, exploitative fare, but among their 120+ movies they released between 1979 – 1989 they cranked out Bloodsport, Breakin’, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, American Ninja (and all four sequels), Over the Top, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.  That’s just a slice of the trashy treasures they brought to the world.

Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, is planning “a theatrical release is being planned for late 2012 to coincide with a traveling roadshow retrospective of Cannon’s seminal films.”  Dear Drafthouse, please swing by Atlanta.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

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