Prison (1987)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  8 December 1987 (UK)
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The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison's new governor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burke / Forsythe Electrocution
Ivan Kane ...
Tiny (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Stephen E. Little ...
Mickey Yablans ...
Brian Young
Matt Kanen ...
Rod Lockman ...


After Charles Forsyth was sent to the electric chair for a crime he didn't commit, he forever haunts the prison where he was executed. Flash forward several years when the prison is reopened, under the control of its new warden Eaton Sharpe, a former security guard who framed Charlie. When prisoners are ordered to break down the wall to the execution room, they unknowingly release the angry spirit of Charles Forsyth, a powerful being distributing his murderous rage to all, leading up to the Warden himself. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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8 December 1987 (UK)  »

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Börtönhalál  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)


$354,704 (USA)

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Producer Irwin Yablans initially conceived this film as a slasher movie. Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner came up with the idea to make the premise a ghost story instead. See more »


When Lasagna is shot in the back by the ghost-manned machine guns, empty squib blood packs fly out of the bullet holes in the front of his shirt. See more »


Lasagna: I hear you can take anything on four wheels, man, and fly it away to heaven.
Burke: Well don't believe everything you hear.
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One of Renny Harlin's best and it's still terrible
20 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some of the most tame prisoners ever seen on film are transferred to a prison haunted by an executed man years earlier. Was the evil warden involved? Uh, yes. A young Viggo Mortensen, showing none of the talent he showcased in his later work, is some sort of hotshot prisoner. A whole lot of nothing happens, except lots of blue gels over movie lights and added smoke to make shafts of light. It's a boring and lame forgotten 80s horror entry that should stay forgotten. Doesn't even deliver requisite gore and shocks. A flatline of a movie that takes its silly premise deadly serious. You'll be hard pressed to remember anything that happened except for lots of blue.

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