Electric Boogaloo sees acclaimed cult film documentarian Mark Hartley trace the story of indie production house Cannon, which enjoyed its heyday in the 1980s, launching the careers of Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme & Dolph Lundgren.
Documentary film Electric Boogaloo sees acclaimed cult film documentarian Mark Hartley trace the story of cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus who, in their pursuit of the American Dream, founded The Cannon Group, an indie studio which had its heyday in the 1980s, launching the careers of Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren.
The film, which had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival last year before being shown at the BFI London Film Festival, celebrates the legacy of Cannon, a indie studio that would produce over 120 exploitation films from 1979-1989.
Wildly eclectic, Golan and Globus also produced work by such luminaries as Franco Zeffirelli, John Cassavetes and Barbet Schroeder. With relentless energy and sheer nerve, the cousins turned a renegade outfit into a major Hollywood powerhouse.
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright as called the film as “breathlessly entertaining as the very films it covers” adding that it captures the best and worst of Golan and Globus: the “high impact fever dreams of sex, violence, madness and mayhem.”
Matt Glasby said it was “required viewing for connoisseurs of trash cinema, even if none of the films included are anywhere near as good as it is.”
Interviewees include Olivia d’Abo, John G. Avildsen, Martine Beswick, Richard Chamberlain, Bo Derek, Lucinda Dickey, Michael Dudikoff, Robert Forster, Elliott Gould, Tobe Hooper, Just Jaeckin, Dolph Lundgren, Franco Nero, Molly Ringwald, Robin Sherwood, Catherine Mary Stewart, Alex Winter, and Franco Zeffirelli.