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Horror movie set in Boise streaming now

Horror movie set in Boise streaming now

Alright, so right off the bat I’m going to tell you that this movie will only serve two purposes if you live in Boise. The first is its original purpose, which is to scare you because that’s what horror movies exist for. The other purpose it may serve is to make you laugh at the way the Old Idaho Penitentiary is portrayed in the 2021 movie “Paranormal Prison” now streaming on Amazon Prime.

I found the film while scrolling through the horror category on Prime, and when I read the synopsis, it seemed like a decent premise for a “found footage” movie – detectives explore a haunted prison. Little did I know, the movie takes place right here in Boise and at the Old Idaho Penitentiary.

The film, in the vein of films like “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity,” follows a team of paranormal investigators that includes a skeptic filming a show. They are looking to capture evidence of paranormal activity using “science”, while the skeptic aims to logically explain the strange occurrences.

Things are clearly not what they seem and the team encounters several bizarre events happening around the prison. As a horror fan, I would compare the effects to a SyFy movie – not the best, but it serves its purpose.

I have to admit I burst out laughing when the characters made subtle references to Boise or Idaho in general. For example, when the team was given a tour of the garden, one of the characters cryptically says “there’s not much out here”, implying that the prison is in the spotlight.

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Another gut-busting moment came when the team revealed the whole reason for the investigation was because the Old Idaho Penitentiary wanted to be demolished. We know that’s not true, but still – it made me wonder how many people saw this movie and thought that the Old Idaho Penitentiary was actually going to be demolished.

The film is by no means award-winning, it’s not the worst, the premise is strong, but ultimately the film serves its purpose – it entertains.

Horror movie set in Boise streaming now

‘Paranormal Prison’ is now streaming on Amazon Prime. Have you seen it?

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