Monday, May 11, 2009

Prison (1988)

3.5 / 5 Dec '08
Tagline: Horror Has A New Home
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Written by: Irwin Yablans, C. Courtney Joyner
Actors include: Viggo Mortensen, Lane Smith, Tom Everett
Genre: Horror
Length: 102 minutes
Banned: West Germany, Iceland
Country: USA

This was kind of a neat little film that is often forgotten (I mean heck where is the DVD release already?). In the story we see an abandoned prison that has a ridiculously short amount of time to being reopened...however it's not quite ready. See a prisoner from before when the prison was well functional was wrongly executed and it seems he's never forgotten his grudge. The prison opens despite some resistance, and of course the angry dead guy starts going on a murderous spree around the jail. Amusingly this has Viggo Mortesen as one of the leads and even Tom Everett makes an appearance! It was relatively well made, and the prison is certainly eerie definitely well made overall. Anyhow considering this wasn't a very big hit, it really should be something that most any horror fan would appreciate and it was quite satisfying.

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