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.
Friday at Fantastic Fest 2010 featured a movie about a tire that makes people’s heads explode. Then, two other movies almost made MY head explode: one out of sheer awesomeness and the other out of bored frustration. And that’s just part of how day two at the world’s largest genre film festival based in Austin, Texas went. Click here to read about day one, then hit the jump to find out which film did what out of Clement Sze-Kit Cheng & Chi-kin Kwok’s Gallants, Dante Lam’s Fire of Conscience, Quentin Dupleux’s Rubber and Mark Hartley’s Machete Maidens Unleashed.
Director Mark Hartley has gone for a nice change of scenery. His previous film, the 2008 documentary Not Quite Hollywood covered low-budget, exploitations filmmaking in Australia during the 1970s and 80s. Now, Hartley has traveled to the Philippines with Machete Maidens Unleashed!, which also covers exploitation films specific to the region. The Philippines was attractive to low-budget filmmakers due to its exotic locales, inexpensive labor, and most importantly, very few laws regarding filmmaking.
The trailer makes the documentary look entertaining and educational. Hit the jump to check out the NSFW trailer (unless your work is cool with you watching videos of bare breasts).