The Cannon Film Guide is a series of books by Austin Trunick. These books will offer the first comprehensive exploration of the filmography of Cannon, the legendary studio responsible for making many of the most entertaining b-movies of the 1980s.
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The Cannon Film Guide Volume I is available now from BearManor Media. This first volume examines forty films and franchises produced by The Cannon Group, the most prolific b-movie studio of the 1980s, during the company’s first five years under the command of cult film legends Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Through in-depth studies and behind-the-scenes stories from the people who made them, this volume examines such beloved, VHS-era classics as the Breakin’, Missing in Action, Hercules, and Death Wish movies, Revenge of the Ninja, Ninja III: The Domination, The Apple, Bolero, Exterminator 2, The Last American Virgin, and many more. Its foreword is written by filmmaker Sam Firstenberg.
Volume II, which looks at the years 1985 through 1987, will follow in 2021.
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“The Cannon Film Guide provides unprecedented access and understanding to the bone-crunching, top-popping, gut-busting, new-wave/roller-disco/Lambada-boogaloo teen-sex/chainsaw-massacre/martial-arts madness (and more!) wrought forth by Golan, Globus, and the mightiest gods of maniacally gonzo cinema. From the the go-go boardrooms of Tel Aviv to the urban gutters blasted clean by Charles Bronson, on to the breakin’ beats of Venice Beach and clear out to the furthermost reaches of Eternia, The Cannon Film Guide is the greatest book anyone could ever write about the greatest movie studio that ever was. And is.”—Mike McPadden, author of Teen Movie Hell and Heavy Metal Movies
“If you’re a fan of Cannon films, or even not a fan, you will be fascinated by Austin Trunick’s deep dive into the studio’s output. This is an under-reported part of cinema history and this book will delight both film buffs and casual devotees of action-packed movies. This book added to my knowledge, not to mention my testosterone level.”—Frank Conniff, comedian, TV’s Mystery Science Theater 3000
“A joyful, knowledgeable ode to one of the great film companies of all time, a sprawling epic full of fun stories, interviews, and images, and it delivers on its promise to be the ultimate guide to The Cannon Group and their releases.” —david j. moore, author of The Good, the Tough, and the Deadly and World Gone Wild