Film / Prison

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'Prison is a special effects extragavanza horror film by Renny Harlin, released in the year 1988.

The film opens with the title prison, Wyoming State Penitentiary, being opened again after 20 years. When rebuilding starts, a wrathful spirit is released which starts to cause mayhem around the premises, seeking those who had wronged him in the past.

This film features the examples of:

  • Agony of the Feet: Cresus shoots his foot to get in the infirmary.
  • Anti-Hero: Prisoner Burke. It helps that he's more of a thief than hardened criminal. The plot makes a huge deal about how he looks so much like the dead prisoner Charlie but in fact Burke never gets possessed or has a part in Charlie's revenge. He's more of a distraction towards Sharpe who focuses his anger towards Burke rather than make the not-too-crazy conclusion that Charlie's ghost is back and pissed.
  • Token Girl: Katherine.
  • Vertigo Effect: Shown when Sharpe is handling the bullets for his revolver.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't find out if the other prisoners survived Charlie's rampage.
  • You Look Familiar: It's quickly noted by both Warden Sharpe and one of the older prisoners who knows what Sharpe did to Charlie how much Burke looks a lot like long-dead Charlie Forsythe...