|release date||March 6 2007|
|starring||Danny Arroyo, Jake Busey, Claire Coffee, Shanna Collins, Tony Flores|
|tagline||A documentary film crew gets trapped in an abandoned prison.|
SynopsisHaunted Prison - AKA Death Row - a horrifying live action film based on the short story by Kevin VanHook-takes place at Isla de la Roca Penitentiary. Rumor has it the Devil himself spat up the place out of the depths of hell, and man turned it into a prison for the most dangerous prisoners in the South. The monstrous building is steeped in the evil created by centuries of murder and injustice and is haunted by vengeful ghosts. Isla de la Roca was abandoned after being soaked in blood by a horrific massacre of inmates and guards. A gang of fugitives from a cop-killing robbery seek refuge within the razor wire of the prison walls at the same time as a documentary film crew arrives to tell the story of the penitentiary. When these groups cross paths within the cruel walls of Isla de la Roca, will anyone get out alive?
Director Kevin VanHook (VOODOO MOON) is no stranger to the small-screen marketplace. Like his last film SLAYER, his latest project made its debut back in October on the Sci-fi channel under the glaringly obvious title HAUNTED PRISON. Not a lot of subtlety there! But, this is pain-by-numbers genre filmmaking and the hallmark of Sci-fi channel productions. Sure some of them come off covered in a little less scum that others, but the bulk are wallowing in a mire of mediocrity. VanHook’s films more often than not rise above the muck—they hardly shine, but the cast he assembles generally hold their own and often elevate the teeth grinding simplicity of the scripts far beyond the source material. …Read More