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The Dusty VHS Corner: Pm Entertainment

13 July 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the latest edition of The Dusty VHS Corner, Tom Jolliffe digs out a trio of actioners from Pm Entertainment…

Between 1989 and 2002, Pm Entertainment was a strong force in the straight to video action arena. Founded by directors Joseph Merhi and Richard Pepin, they set about trying to deliver big thrills on low budgets. At some stages, largely during a peak period in the mid-90’s, they managed to do that.

Certain stars would become synonymous with the company, and they largely worked with the same ethos as other bigger companies and action specialists, in that you need to have a name attached to sell your picture. Pm worked, sometimes repeatedly, with a slew of video action stars such as Gary Daniels, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Jack Scalia and Jeff Wincott.

Pm Entertainment would also work largely out of La. Whilst other rival companies decided Canada or Eastern »

- Gary Collinson

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Without Theatres: ‘Fear City’ is the murky answer to ‘Taxi Driver’

22 January 2014 9:45 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fear City

Written by Nicholas St. John

Directed by Abel Ferrara

USA, 1984

New York City holds a large cinematic history of being a hotspot for noirish sleaze, a stage for a morally ambiguous society held together by a justice system without empathy or remorse. The playground was manifested in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver as a window to the subversive end to the American Dream, a place underneath the hopeful symbols of the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. The apocalyptic mood of Scorsese’s revelation was transplanted into the works of Abel Ferrara, a Bronx-born local whose early focus on the deep evils of his immediate landscape labeled him a mainstay in exploitative film. After The Driller Killer (1979) and Ms. 45 (1981), Ferrara continued his narrative strength of depicting the consequences of homicidal justice-seekers with Fear City, regarded as a relative failure due to its mainstream compromises without mainstream appeal. »

- Zach Lewis

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