Movie Meltdown: The Cannon Film Canon
This episode we talk with Austin Trunick, author of The Cannon Film Guide, an in-depth series of books about the legendary 1980s B-movie studio The Cannon Group.
And as we discuss the art and influence of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, we also address… The Apple, renting horror movies, Death Wish II, Frank Langella, Exterminator 2, Sho Kosugi, Vestron Video, there’s so much craziness going on there, Chuck Norris, a post-apocalyptic universe, 10 to Midnight, the yellow Power Ranger, Michael Dudikoff, Masters of the Universe, William Sachs, Enter the Ninja, has one of the higher body counts, Charles Bronson, Avenging Force, a healthy supply of guys who could do flips, Flashdance, they’re dressed… basically as the Village People, unrelated ninja, Skeletor, re-dubbing European porno movies, the hero shoots the villain point-blank… with a bazooka, Dolph Lundgren, he had already moved on to another project, Franco Nero, Breakin’, violent action movies, that was based on a stage-musical written in Israel… in Hebrew, there are so many ninja movies, Empire International Pictures, Invasion U.S.A., Mario Van Peebles, with a dubbed Texas accent, you travel five-thousand miles… around that corner, Ninja III: The Domination, the threads of society are falling apart as the years go on, River Of Death, Revenge of the Ninja, and during the screening… the audience actually boo’ed, Death Wish 3, Robert Ginty, high confidence in the product he was producing, Christopher Walken, wearing a crazy leather-studded outfit and at least make it releasable.
“…yeah, they were very, very good at selling – their movies.”
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