Documentary Review: Electric Boogaloo – The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

Release Date: August 2nd, 2014 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
Directed by: Mark Hartley
Music by: Jamie Blanks

Film Victoria, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, Umbrella Entertainment, Warner Bros., 106 Minutes


Growing up in the 1980s and into the 1990s, I was treated to some really awesome things in pop culture. The films of those times were fantastic. Sure, I was really impressionable at that age but trips to the video store were almost as great as trips to Disney World.

Cannon Films was a small independent company that grew into one of the best studios of that era. They were low budget but they had an imagination and a gritty bad ass quality that big studios couldn’t match. Many of their films left a huge impression on me at the time and that impression was certainly long lasting.

Unfortunately, the company fell apart in the 90s. But that doesn’t mean that they didn’t leave behind an astounding legacy that impacted the motion picture industry.

Electric Boogaloo – The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films is one of the best film industry documentaries I have seen in quite some time. It is also a lot of fun and revisiting the Cannon catalog was pretty cool.

The film interviews many of the people who were involved in these movies and also showcases the films themselves. It runs through the company’s history and describes the creative process and how they worked around having little-to-no money. If you are a fan of Cannon Films work, this is a “must-see”. Hell, if you are a fan of film, this is a “must-see”.

Electric Boogaloo is a high energy and exciting documentary about an awesome time in film history. If anything, it made me appreciate their contribution to motion pictures even more than I already did.

Rating: 9/10