At that time (circa 1995/96), Tom and I were totally suffering from PM-S (PM Entertainment Shellshock). While cinemas were clogged with lukewarm sequels like DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE (1995) or UNDER SIEGE 2 (1995) and tired action hero stuff like TRUE LIES (1994) and ERASER (1996), we were digging the adrenaline-fueled antics of these low budget action flicks starring the likes of Gary Daniels, Jeff Fahey and C. Thomas Howell. PM stood apart from most DTV fare by putting a heavy emphasis on their action scenes. Their brand of action was something wholly unique and a breath of fresh air. Growing up on a steady diet of real stunt work, the Hollywood trend of using CGI enhanced feats of “danger” was giving us the green screen blues (who knew it would get so much worse?). Thankfully, PM showed up to remind us that bigger is always better when it comes to explosions. How was it that the makers of low budget, direct-to-video action vehicles were making better action films than most majors? I’d like to think the production meetings went something like this.
Stunt coordinator: “So what do you want for this movie?”
Pepin: “Can you do big explosions?”
Merhi: “Can you do car flips?”
Pepin & Merhi together: “CAN YOU DO EXPLOSIONS WITH CAR FLIPS?”
Stunt coordinator: “Fuck yeah!”
We’ve only covered a few PM flicks on the blog (ALIEN INTRUDER, RAGE, T-FORCE), but don’t mistake that for lack of enthusiasm. We love their stuff, but only have so much time, dammit!
Tom summed it up perfectly when he saw that in the trailer and said, “That van had to check in with the air traffic controller before it took off!” Miraculously, Manning survives this. Also miraculously surviving is a bag of cocaine that cops planted on him and he is arrested and sent up river.
Michael Champion as Steve Martin in
ROXANNE II: THE NOSEJOB
Railsback employs strict method acting:
Rambo, Jr. had a long way to go to live up to his father: