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.