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The rise and fall of Cannon Films is told in Mark Hartley's wildly entertaining documentary, Electric Boogaloo. Here's Ryan's review...
Producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were famous (or infamous) for many things, but a stringent approach to quality filmmaking was hardly one of them. At the height of their success in the 1980s, the Israeli cousins, and their company Cannon Films, were synonymous with cheap B-movies of just about every kind: Chuck Norris action flicks, sex comedies, ninja martial arts epics, dance movies and tawdry slasher horrors.
Their films frequently horrified critics, but became a staple of video rental stores: with Cannon Films cranking out as many as 50 or so pictures a year at its peak, the company's distinctive logo and self-explanatory film titles (New Year's Evil, Avenging Force, Enter The Ninja) were ubiquitous throughout the 80s and early 90s. The company was eventually brought down by its fast-and-loose approach to film production, »
Director and producer Menahem Golan has passed away at the age of 85. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he died this evening in Israel in the city of Jaffa after losing consciousness.
Although this Israeli filmmaker mostly dabbled in the world of action, his impact on the world of horror was palpable, especially in the '80s. He formed Cannon and, with cousin Yoram Globus produced films like New Year's Evil, X-Ray (aka Hospital Massacre) and the Tobe Hooper films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Part 2, Invaders from Mars and Lifeforce.
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- Ryan Turek
Menahem Golan. For fans of 80's films the man is nothing short of a legend. It's with a truly heavy heart that we report today that his truly explosive genius is no longer with us. Read on for details, and pay tribute to the man who gave us so very much.
According to Yahoo! Movies, Golan, co-founder of The Cannon Group production company and Israeli cinema pioneer, has died. He was 85. According to multiple Israeli news outlets, Golan lost consciousness while visiting the city of Jaffa with family members in the early hours of Friday evening.
Ambulances immediately rushed to the scene, and following attempts to resuscitate him, paramedics pronounced him dead.
With cousin and partner Yoram Globus, Golan ran Cannon Films for a decade, releasing more than a dozen films a year in its prime. They bought the ailing company, which was launched in 1967, for $500,000 in 1979 and fueled an »
- Steve Barton
In the tradition of occasion-based horror movies such as Graduation Day, April Fool's Day, Final Exam, Black Christmas, Halloween, New Year's Evil, and more comes a new slasher ready to take his aggression out on nubile young victims! Get set for Founders Day!
From the Press Release
Principal photography on the trailer took place entirely in the state of Connecticut from August 14-18, 2013. The production included 18 actors, 20 crew members, and dozens of extras from across the Northeast.
In Founders Day the quaint suburban town of Fairfield is shaken by the shocking murder of high school student Melissa Thompson. The prime suspect is jailed, and the residents look to the town's bicentennial celebration to provide a sense of strength and normalcy. When more bodies turn up, however, the citizens of Fairfield »
- Uncle Creepy
New Year's Evil (1980) Director: Emmett Alston Stars: Roz Kelly, Kip Niven, Grant Cramer A serial killer calls in to a rocking New Year's Eve party and promises to kill one person at the stroke of midnight across the country. There are a lot of holiday-centric horror movies, and even other New Year ones, but New Year's Evil might take the cake on sheer goofiness alone. In it, Blaze, the middle aged "First Lady »
- Jason Adams
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