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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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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1.85 : 1
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Director Renny Harlin was living out of his car when he was first approached to direct this film. 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: Yo, Adrianna.
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Written by Ron Jankowski and Sunny Hilder
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17 September 2000 | by (Port Seton, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent example of what can be done on a small budget movie. The acting is excellent considering the script & the whole atmosphere of the film is very foreboding. The gore is well done and used sparingly (look out for the excellent barbed-wire death) & the action is punchy when used. It's true that there are dodgy lines in the script at times, but compared to other movies on the same (or bigger!) budget, it's hardly noticeable at all. Overall, this is recommended. Trust me, it's better than it appears! 8/10

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