Five people are assembled to investigate the old abandoned train station terminal, where it is rumored some of the most deranged and psychotic people have died and their spirits still remain. As night falls they are no longer trying to prove the existence of ghosts, but rather trying to stay alive and escape.
I probably would have never heard of the company Red Scream Films if it wasn't for their association with artist Mike "Eyes of Chaos" Bohatch.(Do yourself a favor and check out his work.) With the work he has done for their movies I figured Red Scream's movies would be pretty good, so I grabbed a couple of them, one of which was "Prison of the Psychotic Damned". Granted the name was a little ridiculous but that didn't detour me, if anything it kind of set in motion of what kind of ghosts I was going to see in the movie. Especially considering the fact that the company has dubbed themselves as creators of "razored-edge neo-grindhouse splatterpunk" entertainment.
At first glance the plot to the movie isn't anything special, with a group of people going to a haunted location and spending the night, where the shit hits the fan. Really, this setup has become as redundant as the slasher in the woods, killing campers. While I won't hold that against the movie as un-originality as at an all time high with horror movies these days, but all the same, that's not very good. Especially when it was all said and done, the progression of the plot made little sense, where often times things seemed to happen just because. To go with the typical story we have the typical characters involved, the person in charge of putting together the investigation who is really only interested in furthering her own career, and doesn't heed the warning from everybody of how this is a bad idea. The psychic who spends the entire movie warning everyone this is a bad idea, but never actually leaves, although she always talks about leaving. The sexy female eye candy, who is an uppity bitch as well. Of course with a bunch of women around you have to have the typical male character who is rude, crude and a total pig while he hits on the women. Then lets not forget the random character that doesn't really have a purpose being there, other than to be a victim. Not only are they nothing more than stock characters, none of them really seem to have a real reason to be apart of the investigation (nor is it really explained why they are partaking in it) other than the host, camera man, and the psychic.
With a low budget effort, you are going to get the not-so-hot acting, and to say the actors in the movie take their performances over the top, would be a gross understatement. Due to the overacting and the fact that several of the characters are down right irritating, the cast is composed of nothing but unlikable characters, one in particular. Speaking of low budget, it is clear they were trying to shoot this movie for what they could, and to give them credit, I'm sure they did. The fact remains though the camera work wasn't that great either of cutting in between POV shots of the cameras operated by the characters, with the regular footage as well. Which at times was pretty bad and looks like it was shot on the same High-8 cameras the characters used. Who knows, maybe it was.
Well then all that really leaves are the ghosts and the locations. I will admit that the location that is used in the movie, the Buffalo Central Terminal Station, was fantastic. Not only did it have the rotting decay look that is expected with any haunted house flick (even though it's not a house) but the sheer size of it was amazing. Here the people behind the scenes definitely used the location to the best of their ability and budget. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the ghosts. The first look of the ghosts we get to see are in flashbacks from the stories told about the people who died at the location. These scenes are so comical and cheesy, any future scenes involving them really have lost any power they may have had to be effective. Especially when you see the scene of the mad butcher who would kill cattle by punching them in the head. You'll have to pause the movie so you don't miss anything while you laugh your ass off. There are a couple shinning moments in terms of makeup for some of the ghosts, were they look more zombie-ish than anything else, which isn't a bad thing except for the fact that it makes the other scenes look that much worse by comparison.
While I didn't have high hopes for "Prison of the Psychotic Damned" as I knew very little about it and the company behind the movie, I still wasn't impressed with what I saw. Like I said, it is obvious they tried to make due with what they had, but in the end the bad acting, the obnoxious characters, and the awkward story. Really takes you out of the movie and makes it hard to enjoy, I know I was certainly waiting for it to hurry up and end. I really don't have much to say about their title of being "neo-grindhouse splatterpunk" other than that, the only part that they really lived up to was the typical bad acting that you find in grindhouse movies. Though I'm not really worried about them being able to live up the title, as that I hoping that their other movies are more enjoyable than "Prison of the Psychotic Damned".