Director: Renny Harlin Run Time: 102 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1987
Starring: Lane Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field, Andre De Shields, Lincoln Kilpatrick
One year before his contribution to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise (Part 4, The Dream Master), Renny Harlin got practice with the malevolent supernatural in Prison, a gooey haunted penitentiary thriller that finds a wrongfully convicted-and-executed inmate back for revenge.
When a prison is reopened years after Charlie Forsythe’s death by electrocution, Warden Ethan Sharpe is plagued by sweat-soaked nightmares. Soon the incarcerated men and guards begin to die in horrific ways, making it quickly apparent that these are no accidents. Starring a baby-faced Viggo Mortensen, Prison teems with fire, smoke and billowing light, and some really disgusting deaths that will have you swearing you see Freddy Krueger in the haze.