PRISON
1987, Park Circus, 102 min, Dir: Renny Harlin

From the producers of HALLOWEEN and RE-ANIMATOR comes an explosive mix of action and horror. Years after prisoner Charles Forsythe rode the lightning in the electric chair for a crime he didn’t commit, the Creedmore Prison is reopened by new warden Eaton Sharpe (Lane Smith). When the prisoners are forced to break down the wall to the old execution room, the angry spirit of Forsythe is unleashed to seek revenge. In one of his first major film roles, Viggo Mortensen stars as a new inmate who tries to minimize the bloodshed.


EASTERN PROMISES
2007, Focus Features, 100 min, UK/Canada/USA, Dir: David Cronenberg

Among David Cronenberg’s most accomplished films, this thriller about the Russian mob stars Viggo Mortenson and Naomi Watts. On a rainy night in London, a pregnant Russian teenager arrives in a hospital badly wounded; only her baby can be saved, and Anna (Watts) sets out to locate the mother’s family. What she finds is a web of crime and deception - and a bizarre relationship with enigmatic mob driver Nikolai (Mortenson). Featuring one of the most memorable fight scenes in recent cinematic history, EASTERN PROMISES will keep viewers guessing until the very end.


A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
2005, New Line Cinema, 95 min, USA/Germany/Canada, Dir: David Cronenberg

This thriller from director David Cronenberg stars Viggo Mortensen as a pillar of a small town community who runs a diner and lives a happy and quiet life with his wife (Maria Bello) and two children. But their lives are forever changed when Mortensen thwarts an attempted robbery and is lauded as a hero by the media, attracting the attention of two brutal mobsters (William Hurt and Ed Harris) who believe he is someone else. “A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE shifts its tone faster and better than any film I can think of … from the deeply serious to the deeply unnerving to the outright parodic with breathtaking speed and effect.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times.


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