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The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison's new governor.

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Renny Harlin

Writers:

Irwin Yablans (story), C. Courtney Joyner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viggo Mortensen ... Burke / Forsythe Electrocution
Chelsea Field ... Katherine
Lane Smith ... Sharpe
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Cresus
Tom Everett ... Rabbitt
Ivan Kane ... Lasagna
André De Shields ... Sandor
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Tiny (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Stephen E. Little Stephen E. Little ... Rhino
Mickey Yablans Mickey Yablans ... Brian Young
Larry Flash Jenkins ... Hershey
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Horton
Hal Landon Jr. ... Wallace
Matt Kanen Matt Kanen ... Johnson
Rod Lockman Rod Lockman ... Kramer
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Storyline

After Charles Forsythe 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 Ethan Sharpe, a former security guard who was present at Forsythe's execution. When prisoners are ordered to break down the wall to the execution room, they unknowingly release the angry spirit of Charles Forsythe, a powerful being distributing his murderous rage to all, leading up to the Warden himself. Written by Wallace Entertainment

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Börtönhalál See more »

Filming Locations:

Rawlins, Wyoming, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$354,704
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Production Co:

Empire Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A special set of sledge hammers had to be purchased for actor "Tiny" Lister so that they did not appear to be "toys" when he held them. His sledge hammers weighed 18 lbs, and one was a 20 lb hammer. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Burke: Let me tell you something. I was making it a real point to mind my own business. Maybe you oughta try that for a while. Start right now. You give me back my ball, I'll give you yours.
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Chaos
Written by Ron Jankowski and Sunny Hilder
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Pretty great film
17 May 2000 | by Ivan RavenousSee all my reviews

Story of a wrongly executed prisoner who haunts the prison he was electrocuted in and kills random prisoners while waiting to take revenge on the man who framed him.

Viggo Mortensen is great, and the acting is pretty good overall. Lane Smith is deliciously wicked as the guilty warden. Also, this film has some great gore, including death by barbed-wire mummification.


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