by Nadia-Bruce-Rawlings, Stephen A. Roberts & Marco Siedelmann
This interview collection takes us back into the roaring 1980s, when the home video market changed the whole world of film making. For a short time, everything seemed possible, and in a way everything was possible. Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment was in the right place at the right time. Although SGE closed its doors in 1995, films like THE EXTERMINATOR, BLACK ROSES, SHAKEDOWN, MOONTRAP, RED SCORPION, NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER II, BASKET CASE II & III, FRANKENHOOKER, MANIAC COP and several others remain cult favorites today. Enlightening interviews with business legends and producers are combined with extended conversations with well-known genre filmmakers. On top of this are the voices of all the key people that marketed and sold the SGE movies to the world, managed the productions, or ran the office during this fast forward period of maverick film making. Neither Jim Glickenhaus nor Leonard Shapiro have ever opened up this much about their fantastic careers in the film industry.
Leonard Shapiro, James Glickenhaus, Stephen A. Roberts, Nadia Bruce Rawlings, Lewis Horwitz, Ted Rosenblatt, Sonoko Sakai, John Alexander, William Lustig, Frank K. Isaac, Frank Henenlotter, Kevin Tent, Jefferson Richard, Cynthia Cirile, Andi Elliot, Christian Ingvordsen, Jalal Merhi, Jacqueline Palmiere, Cynthia Rothrock, Joseph Zito, Stephanie Denton, Bob Berney, Marilyn Moore, Robert Chapin
"Independent filmmaking has never been more outrageous and fun!
This is real Hollywood history so wild and unpredictable that if you
pitched it as a movie, no one would believe it. Back in the day, I wrote
movies for Cannon Films, Shapiro Glickenhouse Entertainment's
biggest competitor. Cannon kept me pretty busy, but I couldn't help
but wonder what life was like down the street at SGE. Thanks to this
terrific in-depth look at how the other half lived and filmed, I finally know what I missed. Hugely entertaining and informative."
Screenwriter James Bruner ( MISSING IN ACTION, DELTA FORCE, INVASION USA, etc. )
"The Untold, In-Depth, Outrageously True Story of Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment"
"An excellent collection of interviews about the beloved production/distribution
house of the 1980s and 90s. With fascinating commentary from executives,
editors, producers, writers, marketers, actors, and directors—including major cult figures like William Lustig (MANIAC COP), James Glickenhaus (MCBAIN), Frank Henenlotter (FRANKENHOOKER), Cynthia Rothrock (TIGER CLAWS), and Jalal Merhi (TALONS OF THE EAGLE). Covers topics like: wild Cannes
parties, packaging for foreign sales, theatrical distribution, the VHS heyday, and
the worldwide distribution of RED SCORPION. Illustrated with concept art, news
clippings, behind-the-scene photos, posters, paperwork, and memos. Invaluable to fans and scholars of genre movies of this era."
by Paul Talbot
Paul Talbot is the author of several books including Bronson’s Loose!: The Making of the ‘Death Wish’ Films and Mondo Mandingo: The ‘Falconhurst’ Books and Films as well as numerous print and online articles and DVD liner notes.