"This is the sort of shit you do, isn't it?" said Mostly Film's editor as he passed me the review copy of Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films. (I'm paraphrasing, but it was something like that.)
There's no denying that it's exactly the sort of shit I do. And initially, I was reluctant to take on the job simply because it's shit I've already done once before: Electric Boogaloo played at last year's LFF, and I reviewed it then. I wasn't sure if I could come up with a sufficiently different angle to justify a second review. But then I found one: this is the third in a series of documentaries made by Mark Hartley on the subject of exploitation cinema, so why not watch them all back-to-back?
Not Quite Hollywood was a favourite of mine at LFF 2008, and I'm already the proud owner of the Australian two-disc special edition, which includes a second disc of Ozploitation trailers that's longer than the main feature itself. Machete Maidens Unleashed never had a theatrical release in the UK, so it came as a surprise to discover that it's downloadable on iTunes for a ridiculous £1.89. Electric Boogaloo, meanwhile, is hitting UK cinemas tomorrow (June 5th), with a home video release to follow on July 13th.
I talk about them all in my piece on Mostly Film entitled Wild Untold Stories, but obviously the main focus is on the film that's getting released this weekend. So the Red Button Bonus Content you're getting here is no fewer than twenty trailers for films by the Cannon Group, all of which are discussed in the Electric Boogaloo documentary. One of the points raised in the film is that Cannon weren't all about tacky exploitation, and balanced their roster out with serious movies made by overlooked genius directors. Rest assured, though, this collection of trailers is more skewed towards the trashy, so expect tits and gore all over the place, and don't try to watch it at work.