Electric Boogaloo, not to be confused with the masterpiece Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (from which this documentary lovingly takes it’s name) is a hyperactive shotgun blast of fun through the hey day of Canon Films. The story of the films is told by those who lived through this amazing era of film making, including Lucinda Dickey (Ninja 3), Robin Sherwood (Death Wish II), and Sybil Danning (Luigi Cozzi’s amazing Hercules). And of course, the cast of the Breakin’ films make an appearance.
Electric Boogaloo focuses not just on the films but on the business practices employed by cousins Golan and Globus. Some of the interviews praise the two and some are very harsh. The majority of their films were made on the cheap based on poster art or half-baked ideas of Meneham Golan. Shoots were fast and sometimes dangerous, some people got screwed out of money, and Golan and Globus swindled their way to the top of Hollywood before eventually crashing down.
Directed by Mark Hartley, who else helmed Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation, Electric Boogaloo is a lot of fun for those of us who grew up on Canon Films. It was very surprising to me just how many of these films I had seen as a kid! Masters of the Universe, Over the Top, American Ninja, and Cyborg were all favorites while countless others were staples of the VHS era (the Missing in Action series, Invasion U.S.A., Ninja III: The Domination). Hartley is obviously a fan of the company and lovingly made this for other fans. Electric Boogaloo offers an insight into what worked and what didn’t work for the company and how the Canon influence is still felt to this day. They also managed to edit in every bit of nudity from Canon films into the segments, so kudos for that. It’s also amazing just how well a lot of the actresses have aged. Like most of it’s film output, the Canon story is something that only could have happened in the magical time known as “the 80s”, and this documentary brought back a lot of good memories. I highly recommend this film.
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