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"Horror has a new home."
  • R
  • 1988
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 5.8  (4,721)
  • 47

Prison is a 1987 horror movie directed by Renny Harlin and starring Lane Smith, Viggo Mortensen, and Chelsea Field. The movie is set in the Creedmore Prison, which is located in an abandoned wing of an overcrowded prison where a tragic fire broke out in the 1960s. The main character of the movie is Burke, played by Mortensen, who has just arrived at Creedmore Prison. He is a young man convicted of manslaughter who is anxious about his upcoming sentence. Burke's fears are soon realized when he discovers the conditions of the prison are worse than he imagined. The prison is run down and overcrowded, with brutal guards who seem to take pleasure in tormenting the prisoners.

Things get even worse when Burke begins to experience terrifying visions of the prison's tragic past. He starts to see the ghosts of the prisoners who died in the fire, still haunting the place after all these years. The ghosts are seeking revenge on the people who let them die and Burke is their target.

As Burke gets deeper into the prison and begins to uncover more about its dark history, he realizes that there is more going on at Creedmore than he originally thought. He realizes that not only is he being targeted by the ghost of a prisoner who was wrongfully executed, but that the prison itself is cursed. The prison has become a living hell and Burke must fight to survive.

Throughout the movie, the audience sees the tension building as the ghosts become more aggressive and the prison's inhabitants become more and more desperate to escape. The movie's horror comes from the fact that even though the ghosts of the prisoners are already dead, they still have an immense power over the living.

Lane Smith plays the corrupt warden of the prison who is at his wits' end trying to control the situation. As the movie progresses, he becomes more and more unhinged, leading the audience to wonder if he might be in cahoots with the undead prisoners. Chelsea Field plays the tough prison guard Katherine who has to deal with the situation head-on and makes a daring attempt to get the surviving prisoners out of the prison.

Prison is a classic horror movie that still holds up today. The movie's success is due to Renny Harlin's direction, which builds an ominous atmosphere and tension from the start, making even the most mundane events feel unsettling. The movie's soundtrack is also notable, as it perfectly complements the movie's dark mood.

The movie's depiction of the haunted prison has inspired countless other horror movies and TV shows over the years. The idea of a prison being haunted by the ghost of the prisoners is not only terrifying but has also become a staple of the horror genre.

In conclusion, Prison is a classic horror movie that will leave you feeling shaken. It's a well-acted and well-directed movie that doesn't rely on jump scares or gore to create its horror. Instead, it creates an overall unsettling atmosphere that will stay with you long after the movie has ended. If you're a fan of horror movies, you can't go wrong with Prison.

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