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The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison's new governor.

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Burke / Forsythe Electrocution
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Katherine Walker
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Warden Eaton 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' Reynolds
Mickey Yablans ...
Brian Young
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Hershey
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Captain Horton
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Wallace
Matt Kanen ...
Johnson
Rod Lockman ...
Kramer
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Storyline

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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24 December 1988 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Börtönhalál  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$354,704 (USA)
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Trivia

The "gate" for the entrance to the prison does not exist. It was built onto a back wall section of the prison. In the process of cutting a hole in the wall for vehicles, the wall, constructed by prison labor, it was discovered, had many odd items in it as filler including a snow plow. See more »

Quotes

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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Wot! No DVD?
29 November 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Considering the amount of crap that Hollywood studios churn out onto DVD these days, it's simply amazing that this absolute gem of a horror movie is only available on video (and NTSC at that!). If you, like me, are a big fan of the multi-talented Viggo Mortensen and are lucky enough to come across a copy of this film on eBay or suchlike, then I suggest you buy it until someone comes to their senses and treats this film to the DVD transfer that it richly deserves.

This was Renny Harlin's fourth film (just before he came to fame with 'Die Hard 2') and stars Viggo, as the kind of prisoner that you'd want as your friend, along with Lane Smith (he of the 'Superman' TV series) as a deliciously sadistic warden. The story takes place in a prison (no surprise there, though it was filmed in a REAL prison which adds to the atmosphere) and concerns the unintentional release of the revenging spirit of a prisoner electrocuted 30 years earlier - nuff said. Fans of truly inventive and gory dispatches will love this film. The ending is a bit cheesy, but that's the only quibble I have.

9/10

PS - Viggo does look real good in his underwear.


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