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Death Row (2006)

Jake Busey , Kyle Schmid , Kevin VanHook  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jake Busey, Kyle Schmid, Stacy Keach, Claire Coffee, Scott Whyte
  • Directors: Kevin VanHook
  • Writers: Kevin VanHook, Rick Glassman
  • Producers: Benjamin Sacks, Jerry Adams, John W. Hyde, Karen Bailey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LP6L2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Death Row" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Writer/Director Kevin VanHook
  • "An Axe to Grind: The Making of Death Row" featurette
  • "License to Thrill" featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Still Gallery
  • Original Production Art
  • Script (DVD-Rom)

Editorial Reviews

Several years ago, a bloody riot of epic proportion ravaged the corridors of the Isla del Roca penitentiary, resulting in the gruesome death of both inmates and guards alike.Now condemned, the prison serves as nothing more than a shattered relic of archaic brutality; a chilling reminder of man’s morbid and murderous nature. Seeking to explore the violent history of the uprising, a naïve crew of filmmakers invades the decaying penitentiary, only to discover that a band of fugitives has taken refuge inside the empty jailhouse. Fearful for their lives, the filmmakers soon discover that the convicts may be the least of their problems – and that the victims of that fatal riot may still haunt the prison walls. Jake Busey (THE FRIGHTENERS), Stacy Keach (AMERICAN HISTORY X), and Danny Trejo (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) star in this terrifying splatterfest from critically acclaimed horror maestro Kevin Van Hook.

Features:Widescreen Presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs,Still Gallery,Original Production Art,"An Axe to Grind": The Making of DEATH ROW,"License to Thrill",Also on DVD,Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Kevin Van Hook,Deleted Scene,DVD-Rom script,Motion Menus

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait, Kevin van Hook made a watchable movie? March 25, 2008
Haunted Prison (Kevin van Hook, 2006)

I should know better by now than to watch Kevin van Hook movies, but van Hook is the Uwe Boll of Sci-Fi Original Movies: I just can't not watch. That said, Haunted Prison (aka Death Row), van Hook's most recent (as of this writing) release, is by far the best of his movies; could it be that he's learning from his painful earlier mistakes? (Step one: do not, under any circumstances, cast Casper van Dien in the lead role of your movie.)

This one gives us two groups descending upon an abandoned prison: first are a crew of criminals, headed by the insane Marco (Jake Busey), on the lam after a jewelry store heist gone bad. Second are a group of college kids making a documentary about the prison. The opening scene, which is the best work van Hook has ever done, is told in flashback as the college kids interview Elias (Stacy Keach), a guard who was at the prison when the riot that closed it down happened. There's an amusing dichotomy between the story he narrates and the story we actually see. Cut to the criminals getting to the prison, and the ghosts of the restless dead getting all uppity now that they have fresh blood to prey upon. Cut to the college kids getting there. The meat buffet is open, folks.

After that first scene, the movie becomes your basic supernatural slasher movie, but van Hook actually has some real actors to work with here (aside from Keach and Busey, we have General Hospital's Claire Coffey, A History of Violence's Kyle Schmid, Danny Trejo, and some others you might recognize), and they breathe life into van Hook's script, which, while still mediocre, is quite strong given the pen it came from. The wit is actually witty now and again!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's my own fault for not doing the proper research. I should have known better than to trust a handful of reviews that I skimmed over. If I had ever seen those 4 words, I would have never plopped down my $5 for this really mediocre film. In all fairness, had I caught this while channel surfing I might have hung around out of morbid curiosity. But I didn't. I actually bought this turd. So, in an effort to convince myself that it has a twinge of merit and I didn't waste my money, I'm going to attempt to write an unbiased and fair review of "Death Row" (and my name is Napoleon Bonaparte).

This feels a lot like "13 Ghosts" without the fair acting and cool house or the ok visual FX. Well, that pretty much describes anything of value from "13 Ghosts" doesn't it? As ridiculous as the story of "13 Ghosts" is, the one thing it had going for it was originality. I don't mean to imply that it's a great story, but the idea is at least unique. "Death Row" is lacking anything that could be describes as "Original". If you've ever seen a film with annoying people, brutal deaths and cruddy ghosts then you've seen this. Oh, and as an added surprise, only the virtuous survive (whatever that truly means); clever huh?

Is it so difficult to have some likeable characters in a horror movie? Why must all the characters be so flawed or annoying that death can't come too soon? Whatever happened to actually trying to get us to worry about the characters? Well guess what; you want all these people to die, and you get a lot of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A laughably amateurish effort May 28, 2012
Death Row is nothing but another unoriginal and unsatisfying "haunted prison" movie. If it's distinguished for anything, it's the terrible special effects that give all the ghosts a bizarrely ludicrous "Shocker" treatment. The story's a dud, the acting is pretty bad (especially when characters have their "the evil prison made me do it" personality changes), and the obvious attempt to appeal to gore hounds does more harm than good. The unrealistic gore won't satisfy true gore hounds at all, and it will just turn other viewers away. As for the ending, the writers obviously just pulled it right out of their "you know what." This gives me every impression of a horror film made by someone who doesn't understand horror films. Sure, it looks easy: add ghosts, victims, and clueless young people together and stir, throw in some gore for seasoning, and you've got a horror movie. I'm sorry, but that just doesn't work. Death Row (also known as the even more unimaginatively titled Haunted Prison) offers an abundance of evidence for why the Sy-Fy channel has no business trying to make horror movies.

So these college kids are making a documentary about the infamous Isla de la Roca Penitentiary off the Texas coast, its infamy well-earned by a riot that makes the worst prison riot in actual history look like a simple misunderstanding. The "evil" prison has been abandoned for years, but wouldn't you know it? The same night our little Scooby gang heads up there to film, a gang of murderous jewel thieves decide it's the perfect place to lay low for a day or two, especially since one of them is suffering from the most painful and debilitating flesh wound in the history of the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This film was entertaining but I only bought it for Kyle Schmid anyway. I received it DVD in a week of ordering it.
Published 8 months ago by Ciara Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Row DVD
Product arrived in great condition however, I have not watched it yet so I cannot give an honest review of the movie itself. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jimmy C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Row - Fun Horror Film
The Sci-Fi channel had shown the moving "Death Row" which I found fun for a horror movie. I was interested in adding it to my collection, so I turned to Amazon. Read more
Published on September 12, 2011 by Alina Hernandez
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, it's okay if you're bored
Yes, it has a stupid premise. Yes, I wonder why the guard in the beginning chopped off his own legs to escape and not the hands of the guy holding him. Read more
Published on January 9, 2011 by K. E. Multop
3.0 out of 5 stars Death Row Not too bad
This movie was alright, it is a ghost movie (you can actually see the ghosts) about a group of college students making a documentary of an evil abandoned prison on an isolated... Read more
Published on September 9, 2010 by Austin Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars For a low budget feature... very well done!!!!!
"Death Row" is about a gang of jewel thieves who hide out in an abandoned prison. Little do they know, the prison is haunted and it's ghost occupants are angry. Read more
Published on April 13, 2009 by XKAL
2.0 out of 5 stars Big-House On Haunted Hill...
A group of documentary film-makers venture into an abandoned prison, only to find themselves besieged by a group of desperate criminals. Read more
Published on May 29, 2008 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
This is about a group of jewel thieves who hide out at a prison, while at the same time a group of young film makers show up to film a documentary there. Read more
Published on August 23, 2007 by Bud Bundy
5.0 out of 5 stars death row
origanly aired on sci fi as haunted prison i liked it very mutch it had a lot of thrilles . not to scarey though.
Published on May 12, 2007 by Michael A. Cortez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for a B horror film
I really liked this film from start to finish. It was well written for a B horror film and the acting was very good too. Read more
Published on March 9, 2007 by Mark
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