12 December 2009 | udar55
Fails to jolt the audience
Warden Edward Dwyer (Paul Benedict of THE JEFFERSONS) re-opens a dilapidated prison with the help of 8 trustee inmates. Along for the ride are psychologist Dr. Langer (James Coco) and his assistant Lisa (Trini Alvarado), who try to help the prisoners with some 80s "I'm okay, you're okay" therapy. Of course, this prison has - I hope you have already guessed - a history and there is a ghost out for revenge. Believe it or not, this is one of the few flicks produced by Angelika Films, a production company offshoot that predated NYC's famous Angelika Film Center (same logo and everything). For a group known for having its finger on the indie pulse, they sure didn't know crap about making a viable commercial product. Actually, husband and wife industrial filmmakers Waldermar Korzenioswsky and Carolyn Swartz are mostly to blame here as they never make it horrific enough, unless you count their terrible attempts at comedy and the ill-fitting piano score and opening blues tune. Just what the hell was the film supposed to be? And how can you waste such a good location and actors? The film ends with an on screen dedication reading "For Jimmy" as Coco died during filming. Poor Jimmy (in both regards). Co-starring Mike Starr, Brad Greenquist, Stephen Geoffreys and a underutilized Richard Edson.