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Somewhere between prison and hell lies the furnace.
Detective Michael Turner investigates mysterious deaths that occur in and around a maximum-security prison... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Paré ... Detective Michael Turner

Ja Rule ... Terrence Dufresne (as Jeffrey 'Ja Rule' Atkins)

Jenny McShane ... Dr. Ashley Carter

Danny Trejo ... Fury

Tom Sizemore ... Frank Miller

Kelly Stables ... Karen Bolding

Paul Wall ... Joey Robbins

Cowboy Troy ... Officer Troy (as 'Cowboy' Troy Coleman)

Clay Steakley ... Scags

Taylor Kinney ... Bill Jamison
Richard Cowl ... Simon Furst (as Richard S. Cowl)

Andy Stahl ... Warden Patt (as Andrew Stahl)

Frank Knapp Jr. ... Warden Ephrem White (as Frank Knapp)

Todd Truley ... Officer Murphy

Victoria Hester ... Lucille White
Lindsey Repp ... Rita Robbins
Christopher Strand ... Captain Adams
Dominic L. Santana ... Donner (as Dominic Santana)
D.J. Naylor ... DJ (as David Jordan Naylor)

Muffy Bolding ... Polly
Johnnie Oberg Jr. ... Officer DiSalvo (as Johnnie Oberg)

Wes Murphy ... Young Simon Furst (as Wes Murphy)

L. Michele Hester ... Samantha (as Michele Hester)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cam Chaney ... Guard (uncredited)

Spencer Gray ... Inmate (uncredited)
Steve Hudgins ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Dono Langley ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Anthony Lawson ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Gower Mills ... Guard (uncredited)

Steve Sandfort ... Guard (uncredited)
Jerry L. Wallace ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by
William Butler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Scott Aronson  written by
William Butler 
Anghus Houvouras  story
Aaron Strongoni 

Produced by
Scott Aronson .... producer
William Butler .... producer
Anghus Houvouras .... associate producer
Christopher Dehau Lee .... co-producer
Jillian Longnecker .... line producer
Mathieu Ratthe .... co-producer (as Matt Ratthe)
Aaron Strongoni .... associate producer
Eric Tomosunas .... producer
John Vulich .... associate producer
Original Music by
Haavard Christopher Hana 
Noah Sorota 
Cinematography by
Viorel Sergovici (director of photography)
Film Editing by
M. Scott Smith 
Production Design by
Chad Keith 
Costume Design by
Keith Taylor (co-costume designer)
Makeup Department
Ben Dixon .... special makeup effects artist
Georgia Dunn .... second makeup artist
Melinda Dunn .... hair stylist
Brad Hardin .... key special effects makeup artist (as Bradley Hardin)
Kimber Landers .... assistant makeup artist
Kimberly McRee .... makeup artist
Sondra Nottingham .... makeup department head
Tammy Potts-Merritt .... wig specialist
Lancel Reyes .... special makeup effects artist
Michelle Vanderpool-Kohrs .... hair department head
Janie Webber .... contact lens technician
Production Management
Ken Bernstein .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Dancy .... second assistant director
Renee Marsella .... second second assistant director
Mathieu Ratthe .... second unit director (as Matt Ratthe)
Craig Rogers .... first assistant director
Art Department
Elizabeth Boller .... set dresser
Javed Noorullah .... property master
Matthew Petersen .... set dresser
Steven Woodring .... art department intern
Sound Department
Kevin Banks .... sound designer
Kevin Banks .... sound effects editor
Stephen Barden .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Bullick .... sound effects editor
Michael Davis .... adr recording engineer
Mason Donnahoe .... boom operator
Nelson Ferreira .... adr editor
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Matthew Harrold .... sound re-recording mixer
Dashen Naidoo .... sound effects editor
Trent Richmond .... adr recordist
J. Seeman .... adr recording assistant
Lan Tran .... foley editor
Tyler Whitham .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects technician
Spencer Gray .... special effects crew
David Hill .... special effects coordinator
Joseph Quinn Simpkins .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Mathieu Chevalier .... rotoscope artist
Mathieu Clavet .... rotoscope artist
John Copeman .... key stunt coordinator
Bob Fisher .... stunt double
Dino Muccio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Shon Blotzer .... grip
Troy Carlton .... grip
Lucian Diaconu .... gaffer
James B. Mahorney .... best boy grip
Alan Newcomb .... aerial photographer
Alan Newcomb .... first assistant camera
Sloane Schoeneberg .... key grip
Andy Sleet .... assistant camera
Adam L. Taylor .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Bayley .... key wardrobe
Christina Kim .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Jason Bretz .... assistant editor
Kelly Reese .... colorist
Transportation Department
Dave Hodgin Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Chris McDade .... driver generator operator
Other crew
Randi Brenneman .... production assistant
David Eubanks .... head armorer
Allison Hughes Stroud .... script supervisor
Renee Marsella .... set production assistant
Benjamin McDade .... craft service
Emily Neumann .... production assistant (as Neumann)
John Gray .... special thanks
Nathan Lux .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Prison" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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86 min | Greece:90 min
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The crew shot in the old Tennesse State prison, where there was no electricity (or heating), during February 2006.See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Goodbye Gorno! Hello Old Universal Horror!!!!!!!!, 15 February 2008
Author: leatherfacepartydown from United States

A maximum security prison can be looked at as the ultimate house of evil, as it occupies some of the most sadistic criminals. Its walls are terrifying, its gates ensure that no evil can get out. In the case of FURNACE however, a force within the confines of the eerie Black Gate Prison reveal a darker evil than the most extremely violent offenders incarcerated.

FURNACE, the latest film by William Butler (MADHOUSE), opens with a prison guard who commits suicide after coming home from a shift at the Black Gate Prison. Homicide detective Michael Turner (Michael Pare) is assigned the case and quickly discovers something odd. The guard had two fingers severed and bandaged. When an inmate is found dead (the last one who saw the guard alive), he decides to go to the prison to investigate where he runs into his old partner Frank Miller (Tom Sizemore), now a drug addicted, corrupt prison guard. Miller is leading an excursion into the darkest reaches of the prison, where a few inmates (Danny Trejo and rapper Ja Rule) are taking part in. As Miller learns more about the prison, he teams up with the prison psychiatrist (Jenny McShane) to find that spirit from within the prison has returned to extract vengeance on the guards and inmates inside the prison.

FURNACE is the second film directed by William Butler and he does a very good job at setting the film's atmosphere, slowly building tension to the story. The film makes excellent use of its primary location, a Tennessee State Prison (and it does look great on screen). At a scant 85 minutes, the film runs at a brisk pace. Butler, a veteran of horror, definitely knows the genre well and he provides some solid chills here. The film's final act reveals the mystery of the furnace and while it provides the film's more extreme moments, it does fall into territory we've seen before. I also didn't feel the need for things to be explained because the visuals alone were enough to tell the story (Butler is very good with visuals). The dialogue is a little cringe worthy at times in moments of drama and in back story, but what separates this from others is that Butler did assemble a really fine cast for this film.

The ageless Michael Pare, who I've always liked, is fine as Turner, the dedicated detective with a tragic past. It's fit for him and it's good to see him still able to carry a film. He's always been reliable to give a decent performance. I've said before that I've admired Tom Sizemore as an actor and he delivers another good performance as Miller, the film's antagonist. Mirroring his harrowing off screen life, to see Miller as a man fallen on hard times dealing drugs did make it feel uncomfortable to watch at times, but Sizemore delivers it all with a fiery demeanor. Danny Trejo, an ex-convict, mainly has an extended cameo as Fury, and does his scenes well. Ja Rule is surprisingly good as a convict who warns Turner of the evil within the furnace of the prison. Kelly Stables of THE RING is fun as a coroner who has a friendship with Turner (though the mention of a cup of coffee after every exchange did get a little tedious). Jenny McShane is OK in her role as the prison psychiatrist, but the character does seem a little out of place with the rest of the film.

The special effects are interesting in this film, with lots of digital effects (a surprise considering Butler's career as a special effects artist) which are good and effective in showing the ghosts inside the prison but the practical effects are very good here. I wouldn't say the film is extremely bloody or gory, but there are some nasty effects which combined with some good use of lighting make for some very scary moments.

The DVD contains some alternate scenes which doesn't offer anything new to the story and were wisely cut out, but there are some entertaining interviews with Ja Rule, Danny Trejo, and Tom Sizemore. Sizemore in particular shows his unpredictable behavior with some very funny moments.

In all, FURNACE is an enjoyable movie, a throwback in a sense with some fine performances. With this film and MADHOUSE, William Butler is proving to be a modern day Roger Corman in delivering on a small budget with some familiar yet enjoyable fare. If there's one thing, Butler does respect and love horror, and it shows in his work.

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