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Friday, October 18, 2013

31 Days of Scream-O-Ween! - Prison

By Garon Cockrell

Another film in the Scream Factory line up that I hadn’t heard of.  This one’s from A Nightmare on Elm Street part 4 director Renny Harlin.   Prison is a gory supernatural horror flick about a vengeful prisoner seeking his post death revenge.

The Film:
I was 8 when Prison was released so it makes sense that I never stumbled across it as I ventured into my horror fandom.  Luckily enough, Scream Factory released it for us to experience!

Viggo Mortenson stars in this supernatural revenge story about an executed inmate who returns to exact his revenge on the evil guard who knew he was innocent.   There are some really great death scenes in this one including one that could come right out of a Hellraiser movie.

Prison feels like an extended X-Files episode without Mulder and Scully but that’s not a bad thing at all.   Lots of gore and some neat (if a tad dated) effects make Prison a standout and the great performances make it a definite watch.

The Disc:
Another winner from Scream Factory, Prison looks as good as new.  Some of the effects might be a little dated but this adds to the nostalgia value of the film.  The transfer keeps the great sets looking creepy as an old prison should. 

Rich colors and deep blacks keep the chilling atmosphere of this film fresh and looking brand new.

The 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, Actor Tom Everett, Stunt Coordinator Kane Hodder, Special Makeup Effects Creator John Carl Buechler, Executive Producer Charles Band, Composer Richard Band, Production Designer Philip Duffin, and Production Assistant Patrick Denver
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Original First-Draft Screenplay (PDF format)


The Specs:
  • 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)
  • DTS HD Master Audio Stereo
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Runtime: 102
  • Rating: R 

Final Grades:

Story:  A / Can’t go wrong with evil ghost revenge.
Presentation:  A / Scream Factory does it again with a great collection here with great new artwork for the release.

Scare Factor:  A / Great jumps and creeps to be had throughout.
Gore Factor:  A / There is one big gore scene that earns this movie it’s A in gore.   You’ll know it as soon as you see it.

Repeat view-ability:  B / With so many other great titles to be had Prison might slip in terms of repeatability. 

Add Prison to your collection, click HERE!

Check out yesterday's Scream Factory review, Dark Angel!

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