7 movies shot inside Philly prisons

 The crumbling Holmesburg Prison, the site of riots, rapes and murders in the 1970s, is the backdrop for the horror movie 'Death House.' (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The crumbling Holmesburg Prison, the site of riots, rapes and murders in the 1970s, is the backdrop for the horror movie 'Death House.' (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Want to see inside a Philadelphia prison without handcuffs and a criminal conviction? Hollywood can help.

Plenty of movies have been filmed in the city’s old Holmesburg prison and Eastern State Penitentiary in recent years:

Law Abiding Citizen: Holmesburg Prison was the setting for several scenes in this 2009 movie about vigilantism, starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler.

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Animal Factory: Old convict mentors young convict behind Holmesburg’s walls in this 2000 film, directed by Steve Buscemi and starring Willem Dafoe.

Condition Red: A prison guard falls in love with an inmate in this 1995 flick, set at the Holmesburg Prison.

Up Close & Personal: This 1996 movie is a romance set in the world of TV broadcast news. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as the TV reporter who gets the story when a prison riot, set at Holmesburg, breaks out.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: In this 2008 sequel, stars Shia LeBouf and Megan Fox take shelter in the crumbling Eastern State Penitentiary.

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Return to Paradise: Eastern State is a Southeast Asian prison in this 1998 movie starring Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn

Twelve Monkeys: In this 1995 sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, Eastern State served as a futuristic mental hospital.

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Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, MTV’s Fear have all set episodes at Eastern State.

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