Curse of Alcatraz is a suspense-horror movie written and directed by Daniel Zirilli. Called to the prison when a walled off cell is opened, San Francisco police inspector, Lana Campbell (Sara Jane Nash) contacts an anthropology professor, Dr. Michael Hauser (Joe Jones) because a mummified former prisoner was found inside. Her determination that the body was a historical and not a homicidal find sets up a situation where the discovery is treated as an archeological matter. Dr. Hauser and a group of students come to the island to investigate the mummy and its location, and eventually become prey to some very homicidal tendencies after Park Ranger Vince (William Van Norman) cuts himself on a nail of the petrified prisoner. The curse, so named by Native American anthropology student Alissa (Jessie Camacho) apparently involves a long forgotten psychosis causing infection of Native American prisoners. Long forgotten, however, does not necessarily mean long gone.