Cannon Blasts (Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 2014)

electric-boogalooThe 80s were the heyday for Cannon Films.  Electric Boogaloo is the story of Israeli  cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.  Their goal?  To make Hollywood Blockbusters.  Things did not quite pan out, in spite of their tries.

What we got were schlocky gimmick films and attempts to create trends with their films.  This documentary chronicles the rise and fall of their studio Cannon Films.

The film talks to a thorough list of their directors, actors and employees that offer a entertaining and fascinating look at the studio’s rise from sexploitation films to goofy dance films to Chuck Norris actioners.

The film offers some interesting tidbits I was unaware of.  One example?  The Chuck Norris Vietnam POW action flick Missing In Action was actually the second film.  The director of the film told Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus the first film (which was not yet released) was terrible.  So they released the sequel as Missing In Action, and the first film was released as Missing in Action 2: The Beginning.

I found the documentary was interesting and enjoyable.  The Cannon world was a crazy one.  Interestingly, the cousins refused to be interviewed for the documentary, instead funding their own (the Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films) and beating Electric Boogaloo in release by three months.

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