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The Jailhouse (2009)

Small town, the American dream. A blue-collar family living the idyllic rural lifestyle. Nothing is out of place save for the lacking white picket fence - and the old JAIL that occupies the... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Ken Aguilar ...
Darren Dalton ...
Brody Docar ...
1906 Inmate
Bill George ...
Fireman #1
Seth Delray
Tommy Lindsey ...
Fireman #2
Sheriff Hooper
Brandon Luck ...
Jim Kenton
Bryan Mahoney ...
1906 Jailor
Keith Minor ...
Deputy Clayton
Jillian (as Madison Weidberg)
Billy Paluck ...
1906 Inmate


Small town, the American dream. A blue-collar family living the idyllic rural lifestyle. Nothing is out of place save for the lacking white picket fence - and the old JAIL that occupies the 2nd floor of their century-old home. Seth Delray knew the possibilities before he moved his wife and two kids into the old jailhouse, but the Sheriff assured him that it would take an act of God to put that place back into service. Times were tight, and it was just too good of a deal to refuse. That is, until the county jail caught fire. The Sheriff's hands were tied and he had to put displaced inmates anywhere he could find iron bars with a locking door. The Delray house was his only option. For Seth the worst wasn't the criminals locked like animals in the soiled cages above his living room. It was the mortal fear in his children's eyes, it was the piercing cold looks from his wife. It was that deep, dark creeping recognition that something had happened there, something terrible, something that ... Written by Anonymous

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A deputy sheriff begins taking on the characteristics of his century-old predecessor after moving his family to a house once used to house prisoners. See more »


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1 May 2009 (USA)  »

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A deputy is shown unlocking the cell door and walking inside, while he is wearing his pistol. Firearms are not allowed in the cell block area, much less an armed solo deputy in the cells themselves. See more »

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haunted (jail)house thriller
16 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A haunted (jail)house horror/thriller, bearing some resemblance to "The Shining." Although, of course, Billy Lewis isn't Steven King, who wrote "The Shining, and C. Thomas Howell, who stars in "The Jailhouse," isn't Jack Nicholson, who starred in "The Shining." Nevertheless, Howell carries the picture pretty well,he's in almost every scene.

The film's a low-budget indie made in southeastern North Carolina. According to an article in local newspaper, Wilmington Star News, writer-director Billy Lewis was inspired by existence of creepy old jail house in Burgaw, N.C.; wrote and made film around jail,in which it is more or less the villain. Produced by Heath Franklin,locally cast, aside from Howell. A short, tight, quick film that moves pretty well, is not as bloody and gory as most films in this category: no brains splashed all over the place, nor eyes hanging out. I was able to get into it pretty quickly. Think it might do well, even in non-English speaking markets, the plot can be followed easily enough without the understanding of English.

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