Two movies titled (The) Prison enter, only one will leave (with that title) as Herman “OmegaPrime” Davis and Robert Rau watch a ghost who is pro-death-penalty — and the ultimate cop battle the ultimate criminal in jail — to determine which should be called (The) Prison.
It’s rare when we can recommend just one of the movies featured in an episode of TCBOO, but it’s even rarer when both are enjoyable watches. The first film is the directorial debut of the alright director — and former husband to Geena Davis — Renny Harlin. In it, a jail in Wyoming is reopened after 30 years, thanks to government cuts, and the ghosts aren’t too happy with all the attention. Considering the direct-to-video aspirations of the movie, we were presently surprised by the talent and the gore. Plus it does take place behind bars, giving it an early advantage.
But the second movie is set in a prison, taking place in mid-’90s South Korea, where a cop gets locked up with a bunch of bad guys. However, it turns out one of them is even badder than the baddest, so the cop hangs with him to get the plot moving. Available on Netflix, this movie was incredibly entertaining and a wonderful throwback to classic action cinema.
This one’s gonna be a toughie, but is either movie good enough to call itself (The) Prison? Listen if you dare.
Do you have an idea or even want to join the “There Can Be Only One” gang at their next viewing party? Email Robert Rau with your movie suggestion, the days you’re free to watch, and how much beer you can bring.
- Director/Producer: Robert Rau
- Executive Producer: Jeremy White