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5.0 out of 5 stars A stylish horror of the yesteryear
From the opening sequence to the dramatic conclusion the scenes of violence are expertly put into play in a way that only the master’s of 80’s horror can do.
This movie is classy in the way that only the 80's horror movies can be, with intriguingly executed scenes of violence from the yesteryear.
I bought this movie for the appearance of Viggo...
Published on 18 Mar 2004 by H. R. Stanton

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3.0 out of 5 stars worth a go
not great but if u see it cheap then get it some recgonisable actors in it aswell, would like to know where it was filmed
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stylish horror of the yesteryear, 18 Mar 2004
This review is from: Prison [VHS] (VHS Tape)
From the opening sequence to the dramatic conclusion the scenes of violence are expertly put into play in a way that only the master’s of 80’s horror can do.
This movie is classy in the way that only the 80's horror movies can be, with intriguingly executed scenes of violence from the yesteryear.
I bought this movie for the appearance of Viggo Mortensen of Lord of The Rings fame and I wasn’t disappointed with the way he took this role as a convict in the prison which since it was closed down has been damned.
A plus point for Mortensen fans is his time spent in his underwear while the inmates are questioned about the deaths of fellow inmates.
Lane Smith turns out a fine performance as the prison guard who was involved in the incident that closed the prison down the first time.
Blood, gore and men in underwear galore this film has it all in the tight package of a stylish horror.
A must for all Mortensen fans and fans of horror movies of the 80’s with an intriguing twist to the tale.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underrated horror film by Renny Harlin., 27 Feb 2010
This review is from: Prison [DVD] (DVD)
Prison is only available on region 2 dvd by optimum, while this film isn't widely known, I thought it was very underrated and should have reached cult status during it's release in the late 80's. From the height of the eighties horror boom, featuring a terrific cast and some intricate gory death scenes comes Prison. Predictably enough it is set in a prison but this particular prison has been re-opened after twenty years and is seriously run down. Not only is it run by a sadistic warden but it is also being haunted by the spirit of an executed man who was innocent. There are plenty of good, if clichéd, characters and even without the supernatural deaths this would be an especially nasty place to get locked up. The film is well directed and quite creepy at times with some spectacular death sequences. Prison was Renny Harlin's first American film, and also the movie that gave him the directing-job on A Nightmare on Elm Street part 4. I have no idea what the budget was on this flick, but it looked very slick and expensive. It's a great location and filled with some good actors to. Viggo Mortensen is an interesting hero, but doesn't have that same charisma like he has nowadays. Something to do with age I guess. Lane Smith plays the warden, and is electrifying in his role probably one of the best roles he's ever done. But in my opinion the star of the film is the prison itself, which makes the whole movie in a different league than many of the other horror movies of it's time. It's Grey and dark, and the production values are very convincing. Of course the special effects are important, and here we get some really cool stuff. It's never a bloodbath, but it's gory and graphic and has some very nice-looking murder-sequences. Optimum Releasing released this classic 80's horror on dvd without any special features however it's the only place you can find this film unless you have the region 2 Dragon Film Entertainment release from Germany which actually has special features but it's alot harder to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars young viggo mortensen, 9 Oct 2013
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The first film with Viggo Mortensen in a leading role. It is exciting and Viggo Mortensen delivers (as usual) a convincing performance. It was nice to see him in his younger years and the skill in acting in the beginning of his career. The story is nice, a bit creepy but not too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a real goodie!, 27 Oct 2011
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Mr. M. K. Johnson (Norwich,England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Prison [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I want to say that getting this film was a dream come true! I sometimes wonder just why they do not put this film on DVD! If they ever do, I will definitely order a copy! The film is creepy right from the start, and the story itself keeps getting better and better!
thanks to all at Amazon. Another great result!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unleashed!, 25 Jun 2010
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Mr. Dg Howes "Mazzariniuk" (Gloucester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Prison [DVD] (DVD)
One of the best films to be released by Charles Bands' now defunct Empire Pictures, for the record the others were Re-Animator, Dolls, From Beyond, Robot Jox, Ghost Town, Catacombs, Enemy Territory and Trancers. Back to the movie in hand, brilliant and atmospheric this is a class horror picture, the likes of which we don't see today, no dull teens in this movie. SFX are of a high standard and well used. It is also framed correctly at 1.85:1 with anamorphic enhancement, the disc also features the original trailer which will take you back to '88 when this was released by EIV. Great stuff,buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film but not working on english blu ray player, 28 April 2014
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it film is brilliant film but
I notice to all of u if u buy it blu ray from American some them is not working on british blu ray player not all of their blu ray player is working on united kingdom by stupid laws thing like
region A FOR AMERICAN BLU RAY PLAYER ONLY
region B FOR BRITISH BLU RAY PLAYER ONLY
BUT some dvd player can unlock region b to free region mean can watch all of the world dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film!, 11 April 2014
This review is from: Prison [DVD] (DVD)
Hadn't really heard much about this movie so i picked it up by chance. overall this is a very cool horror with some great acting and gore scenes.The story is pretty wild but that's not a negative. would defiantly recommend this horror to others who love great late 80's cheese! a must horror 80's horror lovers
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2.0 out of 5 stars Electric ghosts in the walls, 24 Feb 2014
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Prison [DVD] (DVD)
Every great actor has some garbage at the beginning of their career, and Viggo Mortensen is no exception. A great example would be "Prison," a little B-movie set in a nasty prison -- Mortensen has some nice moments and the kills are both creative and nicely grotesque, but most of the cast is instantly forgettable and the plot is incredibly confusing.

Creedmore Prison is reopened after being vacant for thirty years. A new crop of prisoners are brought in to live there, including the quiet car thief Burke (Mortensen). who immediately impresses the others by being relatively nice to everybody who isn't, well, a jerk. On the very first day, Warden Sharpe (Lane Smith) orders the old execution room to be opened -- only for a bright light and electricity to flood out of it.

And almost immediately, people start dying -- a man is fried alive in his cell, another is brutally cut up in the ceiling, and another is throttled with barbed wire.

Sharpe blames the inmates, but it soon becomes obvious that a more supernatural threat is responsible. Safety inspector Katherine Walker (Chelsea Field) begins to investigate the prison's history, and discovers that the spirit of an executed prisoner -- who just happens to look exactly like Burke -- is getting revenge for his death thirty years ago.

"Prison" is not a terrible movie -- just a rather inept one. It's one of those horror movies where most of the characters are indistinguishable from each other, the motivation of the ghost is murky at best, and there are important answers never given. For instance, why do Burke and Forsythe look exactly alike? Are they father and son? It's never even touched on, and the resemblance adds nothing to the movie.

However, despite the hot mess that is the plot, it does manage some lovely horror moments -- the gruesome death via barbed-wire strangulation is just terrifying, and the pervasive sense of fear really does come across. And the prison, full of dark shadows and dank, dungeon-like cells, gives a genuinely claustrophobic feeling to the horror.

In other words, it's a good concept and some excellent B-movie horror, but handled clumsily with ill-defined characters and a really, really goofy climax. With a bit more finesse, it could have been fun.

You can tell that this is an early role of Mortensen's, because he's pretty rough compared to his later nuanced roles. However, he does give a nice subtle performance as a car thief with a heart of gold, who is kind to others even in prison. Lincoln Kilpatrick gives the most nuanced performance as an older man tormented by the past, and the rest are either stock roles (the token girl, the nasty warden) or a sea of inmate faces that just sort of blur together.

"Prison" feels like a first-timer's TV movie, but it at least has more heart, guts and horror than anything you'll see on the SyFy Channel. Enjoy for the creative horror, and don't expect a lot more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars worth a go, 4 April 2013
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not great but if u see it cheap then get it some recgonisable actors in it aswell, would like to know where it was filmed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic!!, 10 April 2012
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Mr. M. K. Johnson (Norwich,England) - See all my reviews
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It has taken awhile, but another VHS film is finally available on DVD format!
I have purchased the VHS film form Amazon,and it is in excellent condition, but, as you know, VHS is now old hat so to speak,and getting a new VHS machine is not possible as companies no longer produce them anymore. I man aged to get a top of the range VHS second-hand, but as I am replacing my old VHS collection with DVD copies, it does not get much used,and that will help prolong the life of the VHS machine!!
Thank You again Amazon, you have done it again!!
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