Runaway Train: From Russian Arthouse to The Cannon Group

Tom Jolliffe takes a look back at one of Cannon’s finest, Runaway Train…

If you’re not familiar with the output of a certain iconic independent studio that were prolific in the 80’s, then chances are, of a certain age you probably saw or heard about a number of their films. It might be Masters of The Universe, or Superman IV: The Quest for Toilet (known as The Quest for Peace in some territories).

If you are familiar with the studio then the hazy memory of their logo appearing before your inputted VHS film began, would warm the cockles. They were renowned initially for skin flicks and low rent horror before ploughing more and more money into producing and distributing large numbers of genre films (especially action). Suddenly Messrs Menahem Golan and Yoran Globus were utterly prolific, upsetting a few apple carts along the way. Fans lapped up films like American Ninja,
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