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Curse of Alcatraz (2007)

Joe Jones , Jessie Camacho , Daniel Zirilli  |  NR |  DVD
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Jones, Jessie Camacho, Candise Lakota, Jose Solano, Alex Quinn
  • Directors: Daniel Zirilli
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T5O480
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A curse borne of torture and isolation comes to life and terrorizes a group of scientists who travel to the Alcatraz Prison to investigate a series of unsolved murders. The very last film ever to be shot on The Rock, prepare to experience the terror yourself inside the prison's haunted and deadly walls!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The prison on Alcatraz Island can be a pretty creepy place - especially if you believe in the ghost stories that have sprung up over the years - so you would think a horror movie filmed on location right there on The Rock would be something special. Throw in the fact that the film also happens to be the last movie the government allowed to be shot there on location, and you've got your sales pitch pretty well finished. Unfortunately for all concerned, Curse of Alcatraz totally lays a great big egg. Much like the hardened criminals Alcatraz used to hold, this movie should have never been allowed to leave the island. I almost feel sorry for the ghosts of Alcatraz who had to endure the whole dud film creation process. This film actually makes Alcatraz look silly and weak, and those evil souls who have been unable to escape its walls even in death cannot be happy at all about that.

I know what you're thinking: this "curse of Alcatraz" must surely stem from one of the sadistic murderers who died a grisly death on The Rock - or maybe it's tied to the two prisoners who may or may not have escaped (they were never found, but they almost surely died in the water) doomed to spend eternity in the God-forsaken place they tried so desperately to leave. I guess that would just be too easy, though. Instead, we get a strange, long-dead Native American uncovered from the soil in one of the unfinished parts of the prison. But wait, you say, what about the incredible atmosphere of the place - surely that delivers a few thrills? Sadly, no. The setting proves to be incidental at best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low budget but interesting and creepy October 7, 2007
By Simon
Format:DVD
Alcatraz is a pretty creepy place to start with - especially at night.
It's a low budget film, and several of the actors aren't so great, but it's got a pretty cool plot, with a viral infection that creates a kind of "The Thing" situation but on Alcatraz. There is some interesting history of the island woven throughout the story, too.

Forensic scientists are trapped on the island and you don't know who/what is killing them, while at the same time they're digging up these remains - something like an American Indian version of a Nordic Beserker. If the director had more money, it probably would've been better, but the production value of "The Rock" adds a lot to the scary factor.

I heard it was the last film the Government will allow to be shot there. And apparently the cast and crew spent an entire night shooting on the Rock (watch the Director's commentary).

Worth the rental, some beer and popcorn.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078 January 27, 2014
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What a great idea for a movie, a supernatural horror flick, that was actually filmed at Alcatraz prison. There were a dozen ways to make this film work, even on a shoestring budget, unfortunately they didn't use any of them. The story begins with a construction crew doing renovations on the old prison, which is now a national park. The team uncovers a sealed off room and when they begin digging, they find human remains. Did the body belong to a guard or a prisoner? No, they belong to Native American, who would have died long before the prison opened, but was somehow found inside this room. After a long period of non-sense, it is discovered that the body is cursed, and causes anyone who comes in contact with it, to go on a killing spree. This could have been a great mystery about some crime at the prison that was never known or solved. Maybe it could have been a good ghost story, but no, it had to be some weird possession story, that made no sense what-so-ever. The story starts out interesting, but quickly becomes a complete joke. The writing is horrendous and performed by a less than adequate cast. The only name of recognition was Jose Solano, a soap actor, who was on Baywatch the last couple of seasons. For some reason, he is in a wheelchair and does nothing but joke about being crippled. Sometimes really bad Horror films can get away with cheesy acting and a bad story, as long as they make you laugh, but there is nothing funny about this movie. Even though it has a creepy cover and was filmed in a really cool location, Curse of Alcatraz fails to deliver and is a complete waste of time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interested to see old Alcatraz... March 10, 2013
By Kate S
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I grabbed that movie cuz they made film around old buildings and inside and outside! I like the movie, too. I never went there but it was exciting to see what they look like. Thank you, the producer and crew!
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