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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
Lane Smith ...
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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In 1956, Charles Forsyth was sent to the electric chair. Now he's back... See more »


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Release Date:

8 December 1987 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Börtönhalál  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)


$354,704 (USA)

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Mickey Yablans, who plays Brian, is the son of producer Irwin Yablans. See more »


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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References Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) See more »


Written by Ron Jankowski and Sunny Hilder
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Much overlooked horror classic
26 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Caught this film in about 1990 on video by chance and without knowing what i was in for. Many horror fans may have missed this thinking it was a typical prison film and the ones who did get it didn't like it as it was not what they wanted to see. The above mentioned factors are probably the reasons it is low rated but just ignore that and give it a whirl if you're a fan of the genre.

It has strong suits in all departments from script and atmosphere to acting and the prison itself.

An absolute diamond, a film i still have on video to this day. Check it out.

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