Drafthouse Films Gets Cannonized
Drafthouse Films acquires Cannon Films documentary
By Marc Savlov,
11:15AM, Thu. Dec. 1, 2011
It's a fact: the 1980's were the wonder years of low budget, down and dirty, exploitation film awesomeness. We're not talking your horror franchises, either. Many of the most ridiculously cool/strange/WTF?! films came courtesy of two Israeli cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus of Cannon Films. And now Drafthouse Films has acquired their story.
That story comes in the form of the over-aptly titled documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. Directed by Mark Hartley, the filmmaker behind two of our favorite film-related docs of late, the Aussie filmmaking knockout Not Quite Hollywood and the mind-warping Machete Maidens Unleashed, the Cannon canon is rife with cheesy, gory, and just plains stupid goodness. Or good stupidness. Sometimes it can be hard to tell, and that's what's cool about it.
Just a small sampling of Cannon's output in the early to mid-1980s is enough to make us dash to our neighborhood Quickie Pawn to stockpile some more VCRs: Tobe Hooper's underrated Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (which was shot in the building that now houses our good pals at The Austin-American Statesman, by the way); Chuck Norris's Delta Force and Invasion USA; Charles Bronson's Death Wish franchise; the eternally supercool Breakin' and its' sequel Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo; Jean-Luc Godard's ultra-freaky screen adaptation of King Lear (which a young Quentin Tarantino placed, falsely, on his resume as well as amidst the press notes for Reservoir Dogs Seriously. We have a copy right here).
Drafthouse Films press release quotes Alamo overlord and budding mogul Tim League: “Cannon Films was an enterprise that in many ways defined exploitation cinema of the 1980s. We are thrilled to share their untold legacy with movie fans around the country.”
Drafthouse Films Director Evan Husney goes on to enthuse, “With director Mark Hartley at the helm, Electric Boogaloo is sure to be a wildly entertaining, comprehensive and frenetic no-holds-barred dive into the world of perhaps the most infamous production company in film history.”
We dig it, we're psyched, and given Harley's track record so far, we're expecting to have to clean up shards of our mind off the Alamo Drafthouse floor come next Fantastic Fest, when, presumably, Electric Boogaloo will be premiered.