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Prison (1987)

 -  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

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Burke / Forsythe Electrocution
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Katherine
Lane Smith ...
Sharpe
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Cresus
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Rabbitt
Ivan Kane ...
Lasagna
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Sandor
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Tiny (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Stephen E. Little ...
Rhino
Mickey Yablans ...
Brian Young
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Hershey
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Horton
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Wallace
Matt Kanen ...
Johnson
Rod Lockman ...
Kramer
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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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In 1956, Charles Forsyth was sent to the electric chair. Now he's back... See more »


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8 December 1987 (UK)  »

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Börtönhalál  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$354,704 (USA)
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The posters on some of the prison cells, are from movies made by Irwin Yablans, Charles Band, and in one case - Linda Blair, that poster is really autographed by her, as she was on set from time to time visiting a friend who worked on the crew. See more »

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Lasagna: I thought bustin' cars was your thing.
Burke: Well a car ain't nothing but a series of locks. Older the lock, easier it is. And this place... is old.
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As You'd Expect
11 July 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Years after a Charlie Forsythe has been executed via the electric chair the state of Wyoming reopens the prison . During some renovation work a wall is knocked down releasing the spirit of Forsythe who is now bent on revenge

This is a cross-genre film featuring prison exploitation movie mixed with horror . Before the credits role you know what to expect and no one is expecting the cerebral psychological horror dished out in John Hillcoat's GHOSTS OF THE CIVIL DEAD because this is more in keeping with ghost of the very uncivil undead

Noticing the credit of director Renny who would give us DIE HARD 2 and DRIVEN strikes you that this is going to be a bit loud , noisy and exaggerated and guess what we get ? That said we also get an early starring role from Viggo Mortensen possibly the most underrated actor of his generation

The story and style plays out as you expect it . A diverse group of cons split in to predators , prey and intelligent lone wolfs are sentenced to serious time in the penal system . You can't help thinking perhaps the conditions seen here are a bit to grim to be realistic but then you stop to consider that in real life convicted prisoners in some states live in tents in the yard then maybe no embellishment is given . It also noticeable how similar in some ways on a visual level this film is to Michael Mann's THE KEEP from 1983 but Mann did manage to make his film a bit more hypnotic than Harlin has done with PRISON


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