By: John M Jerva As someone who grew up in the 80’s, I was privy to experience the gloriousness of Cannon Films who in that decade and into the 90’s […]
By: John M Jerva
As someone who grew up in the 80’s, I was privy to experience the gloriousness of Cannon Films who in that decade and into the 90’s put out some of the greatest action films of that era including the Ninja craze which consisted of Revenge of the Ninja and Ninja 3: The Domination as well as some of Chuck Norris’s epic flicks like the Missing in Action trilogy and one of my personal favorites The Delta Force. It was truly a great time to be an action fan and now it’s time to revisit these films once again.
Now the infamous film studio is the subject of a three book series that will dive deep into the history of all that is Cannon and we have your first volume cover art for you below along with the official press release too!
As you can see the cover is a great homage to the VHS boxes that these films were released in during the 80’s and it strikes the right amount of nostalgia!
From 1980 until 1994, The Cannon Group was responsible for the production of more than 200 films. Quantity, rather than quality, was the key to Cannon’s game: their output included many of the 1980s’ most beloved (and notorious) b-movies. Along the way they dipped their toes into every imaginable genre of movies, made stars out of Chuck Norris and Michael Dudikoff, kicked off the ninja and breakdancing crazes, and kept Charles Bronson working into the twilight of his career. While it’s rare to find a “traditionally” good film bearing the company’s famous logo, it’s even harder to find one that isn’t immensely entertaining from its title screen to the credit roll.
To be published across three volumes, The Cannon Film Guide will be the first comprehensive examination of the revered b-movie studio’s filmography in book form. Now available in both softcover and hardcover editions, The Cannon Film Guide Volume I (1980-1984) explores forty films and franchises produced by The Cannon Group during the company’s first five years under the command of cult film legends Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Through in-depth critical studies and interviews with many people involved in the making of these films, the book tells the stories behind dozens of VHS-era classics.
Volume One includes a foreword by director Sam Firstenberg (Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, Ninja III: The Domination), interviews with Luigi Cozzi, William Sachs, Catherine Mary Stewart, Diane Franklin, James Bruner, Lisa London, Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers, and more, and nearly 200 VHS covers, rare posters, lobby cards, and pieces of international sales artwork.
Films covered in Volume One: ACTION & ADVENTURE: Death Wish 2, 3, and 4; Missing in Action 1, 2, and 3; Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, Ninja III: The Domination, 10 to Midnight, Exterminator 2; Hercules and Hercules II: The Adventures of Hercules; Sahara, Young Warriors (a.k.a. The Graduates of Malibu High), Sword of the Valiant, The Seven Magnificent Gladiators, Treasure of the Four Crowns. MUSICALS & COMEDY: Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo; The Apple, The Last American Virgin, The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, Making the Grade, Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype, Over the Brooklyn Bridge. HORROR & THRILLERS: New Year’s Evil, Schizoid, X-Ray (a.k.a. Hospital Massacre), House of the Long Shadows, The Naked Face. DRAMA & ROMANCE: Bolero, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Wicked Lady, Love Streams, The Secret of Yolanda, Nana, That Championship Season, Body and Soul, Teen Mothers.
Volume One is available now and includes over 500 Pages Covering the Company’s First Five Years under the Leadership of B-Movie Icons Golan and Globus. This is a great book to add you your collection along with Stories From The Trenches which covers the great career of filmmaker Sam Firstenberg who was a big part of Cannon Films.
Needless to say the first volume contains some of my most prized films in my collection including Missing in Action 1, 2, and 3; Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination. It even has one of the guiltiest pleasures of the decade in Treasure of the Four Crowns which was a glorious 3D train wreck but in a good way. I remember going to see that film in the theater and my younger self loved every second of it.
Don’t hesitate and take a stroll down memory lane with the first volume of The Cannon Film Guide! What an era it was.