Volume I: 1980-1984 is available now and covers in its more than 500 pages the first five years of the company under the reign of Golan and Globus. Films covered in the first book include Death Wish 2, 3, and 4; Missing in Action 1, 2, and 3; Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and Ninja III: The Domination; Exterminator 2; Hercules; Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo; The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood, New Year’s Evil, Schizoid, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Wicked Lady and many more.
Trunick’s book provides in-depth studies of the Cannon filmography as well as interviews with the many people involved in the making of the movies, including Luigi Cozzi, William Sachs, Catherine Mary Stewart, Diane Franklin, Lisa London, Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers and many more. The text is enhanced by nearly 200 VHS covers, rare posters, lobby cards, and pieces of international sales artwork.
Volume II, which will cover the period between 1985 and 1987, is scheduled to arrive next year. For students of film history — of which the Cannon saga has been a largely unexplored chapter — fans of exploitation filmmaking and B-movies, and aficionados of cult cinema, The Cannon Film Guide is likely to be an essential addition to your bookshelf.
It may even inspire you to dig out some of those battered, dusty VHS tapes and revel once again in Cannon’s no-holds-barred brand of bargain basement cinema.