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Death House (1987)

 -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  May 1989 (France)
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A renegade federal agent uses a new drug to create an army of unbeatable warriors.

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Derek Keillor
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Vic Moretti
Dino Paskas ...
Jimmy
Dana Lis Mason ...
Genelle Davis (as Dana Lis)
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Tom Boyle
Salvatore Richichi ...
Tony (as Sal Richichi)
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Rickey Pardon ...
Hector Morales (as Ricky Pardon)
Jim Golff ...
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2nd Lazzada Gangster (as Joseph Zimmerman)
Carl A. Watson ...
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Daniel Kong ...
Viet Nam Soldier
Frank Marino ...
Augie
Bill Brinsfield ...
John Lazzada
David Marriott ...
Lazzada Bodyguard
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A renegade federal agent uses a new drug to create an army of unbeatable warriors.

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No One Gets Out ... Alive

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According to John Saxon, he enthusiastically offered to direct the film if he agreed to also star in it after the initially hired director withdrew from the project at the last minute. Unfortunately, the producers imposed more car chases and gore than the script asked for and Saxon later admitted he did not really get the chance to make the film according to his own vision. See more »

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Yet another late 80s horror flick set in prison
12 December 2009 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

If you made a genre flick in the late 80s, you basically had a 50/50 chance it would either be set underwater or in a prison (sadly, we never got an underwater prison flick). Framed for murder by mafia boss Moretti (Anthony Franciosa), Derek Keillor (Dennis Cole) ends up on death row, right alongside the mob boss' brother Frankie (Frank Sarcinello Jr.). But this is the least of Derek's problems as rogue government agent (and mob stoolie) Col. Burgess (John Saxon, who also directs) is using the prison as a testing ground for a new supervirus. This is the only flick Saxon directed during his storied career. For a guy who has worked with tons of directors, it appears the only ones he picked up any tips from were the cheap-o Italian ones. Sure, it is low budget, but that can't excuse the stilted staging, shooting gaffes, or clumsy exposition in the first 15 minutes. To his credit, Saxon did make it slightly gory and he works in a hilarious nude scene (our lead falls asleep during a prison riot only to fantasize about a female scientist). Cole, who looks like a more rugged Jan-Michael Vincent, is decent as the stoic lead and Franciosa - sporting a really bad rug - gives it his all as the cliché mob boss. The end takes place at Marty McKee's favorite location, Bronson Canyon. Retromedia released this on DVD as ZOMBIE DEATH HOUSE.


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