Prison

Prison

Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Lane Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field

     
 

Prison guard Ethan Sharpe (Lane Smith) watched as Burke (Viggo Mortensen) dies in the electric chair in 1964. Over two decades later, Sharpe is the warden, and Burke returns from the dead to exact revenge on the wicked warden when the prison re-opens. Two victims drip blood while dangling in barbed wire in a macabre dance of death, and the guards and inmates suffer at… See more details below

Overview

Prison guard Ethan Sharpe (Lane Smith) watched as Burke (Viggo Mortensen) dies in the electric chair in 1964. Over two decades later, Sharpe is the warden, and Burke returns from the dead to exact revenge on the wicked warden when the prison re-opens. Two victims drip blood while dangling in barbed wire in a macabre dance of death, and the guards and inmates suffer at the hands of the malevolent Burke as he seeks his supernatural vengeance. The film location was the Wyoming State Prison. Built at the turn of the century, the jail became a tourist attraction in 1981.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Hit-or-miss extraordinaire Renny Harlin directed this death row horror schlocker back in 1988, exactly the same year he busted out of the gates with A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. It makes sense that he was handed the mantle, because one look at Prison and you'd swear that it was a Freddy Krueger flick in disguise. How so? Well, take a Nightmare film and cut out all of your favorite homicidal burn victim moments, focusing instead on the surreal real-life death scenes, and you've got about half of this film in a nutshell. The effects are deftly handled and must have proved that Harlin had it in him to tackle bigger and better FX pictures. The script, on the other hand, can be thrown right out the window. Then again, you don't pop this flick in your player looking for Mamet dialogue and plot twists, do you? Acting-wise, Prison is littered with familiar faces like future Lord of the Rings heartthrob Viggo Mortensen. Still soft-spoken but a little younger and less buff, this is Viggio with prime Top Gun hair as he does his best to make sense out of the grisly supernatural deaths happening around him. It's a tough job, but then again, who's really spending too much time looking at this part of his resumé now? Also, horror hounds should note the appearance (albeit brief) of Friday the 13th vet Kane Hodder in not one, but two walk-on roles. In the end, Prison works as a pretty good atmospheric low-budget prison-horror movie. Definitely worth a look if you're interested in what these boys were up to back before they were big shots.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2013
UPC:
0826663138504
Original Release:
1988
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A1
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
22,992

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Renny Harlin; Hard time: the making of "Prison" - an all-new retrospective with director Renny Harlin, producer Irwin Yablans, screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner, stunt coordinator Kane Hodder, executive producer Charles Band, composer Richard Band, production designer Philip Duffin, production assistant Patrick Denver and others!; Poster & still gallery; Original first-draft screenplay (PDF format)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lane Smith Ethan Sharpe
Viggo Mortensen Burke/Forsythe Electrocution
Chelsea Field Katherine Walker
Andre de Shields Sandor
Lincoln Kilpatrick Cresus
Ivan Kane Lasagna
Stephen E. Little Rhino
Mickey Yablans Brian Young
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Tiny
Tom Everett Rabbitt
Rob Brox Pervis
Luciana Capozzoli Claxton
John Hoke Old Warden
Larry Moore Reptile Guard
Larry "Flash" Jenkins Hershey
Arlen Dean Snyder Horton
Hal Landon Wallace
Matt Kanen Johnson
Rod Lockman Kramer
Jeff L. Deist Gate Guard
Kane Hodder Charlie Forsythe/Gas-Mask Guard
George D. Wallace Joe Reese
Duke Spencer Scully
Pat Noonan Collins
Lyle D. Kelsey Guard

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director
Mac Ahlberg Cinematographer
Anthony Barnao Casting
Jan Brodin Sound/Sound Designer
John Carl Buechler Special Effects
Charles Band Executive Producer
Stephen Chudej Costumes/Costume Designer
Margaret Connell Songwriter
Melissa Connell Songwriter
Philip J.C. Duffin Art Director,Production Designer
Sunny Hilden Songwriter
Andrew Horvitch Editor
Ron Jankowski Songwriter
C. Courtney Joyner Screenwriter
Kane Hodder Stunts
Barin Kumar Production Manager
Ted Nicolaou Editor
Richard H. Band Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Suzanne Sanders Makeup
James Shumaker Set Decoration/Design
Christopher L. Stone Score Composer
Irwin Yablans Original Story,Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prison
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12

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