Burke (Mortenson) is sent to a new place to spend his time. The place is Creedmore Prison and this has been reactivated because of the dire need for a place to dump the many criminals that are overflowing out of other prisons. Burke is trying to escape this prison hell but the prison wants his blood and all the other new recruits. So when the criminal elements try to escape from this evil and monstrous spiritual venom, its going to be a nasty experience for all.
Exclusion and disillusion are very developed ideas in this film. Prison films often focus on those at the edge of societal reality and how they are excluded. This film looks at the wandering soul of capital punishment and how those on the margins are cattle for crime and this end game. Its telling that the film looks at the way then history plays into this world and how repercussions are always on those that did the action (IE you live with what you did, in effect take a persons life without any form of divine ordnance or self preservation in action.)
The demonic returning of evil spirits from the electric chair were in a film by Wes Craven from 1989 called SHOCKER but Harlins film is very different. In both good ways, better plot and narrative drive and bad ways, over the top and obsession with close ups.
The disc extras are grand enough. The HD transfer is crisp and tasty! It looks so sexy that I smiled when it started. Sadly the rest is a little blah to be fair but this is not to attack the work of the great 88 films. They have at least allowed us to see this film and see Harlins best film!
Special Edition Contents
- LIMITED EDITION SOFT TOUCH O-CARD
- High Definition Transfer
- 5.1 Remixed Soundtrack
- Original Stereo Soundtrack
- Original Trailer
- Archive Stills Gallery
- Trailer Reel
- Reversible Sleeve with Alternate Artwork
- Region Code: B
- Picture Format: 1.85:1
- Audio Format: DTS-HD MA 5.1 & 2.0
- Language: English
- Certification: 18
- Running Time: 103 Mins Approx.