Detention of the Dead


Action / Comedy / Horror

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IMDb Rating 4.6 10 2292


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Jayson Blair as Brad
Alexa Nikolas as Willow
Justin Chon as Ash
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1hr 27 min
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Reviewed by BA_Harrison 5 / 10

Jimmy who?

An eclectic group of high-school teens in detention—cheerleader Janet (Christa B. Allen) and her boyfriend Brad (Jayson Blair), geek Eddie (Jacob Zachar), pretty goth Willow (Alexa Nikolas), jock Jimmy (Max Adler), and stoner Ash (Justin Chon)—find themselves trapped in the school library after a zombie outbreak turns all of their classmates into ravenous gutmunchers.

Detention of the Dead is harmless enough fun, but in a world where a new zombie film seems to claw its way to the surface on a daily basis, it simply doesn't do enough to distinguish itself from the competition. The characters are all stereotypes—although that's forgivable given that the film is clearly inspired in part by The Breakfast Club—but for Detention of the Dead to have been really successful, it would have needed far better gags, a few genuine scares, and much more creative zombie mayhem. I'd liked to have seen director Alex Craig Mann really go to town with the splatter, but then again, maybe the budget for such carnage just wasn't available.

I rate Detention of the Dead a passable 5 out of 10, although I was tempted to deduct a point for the obvious in-jokes, most notably the characters named after classics of the genre, something that has been done to death in comedy horror films over the years (the library is named after make-up legend Tom Savini; Brad, Janet and Eddie are all characters from The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Willow is from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Ash is, of course, from The Evil Dead; admittedly, I haven't the foggiest who Jimmy is named after).

Reviewed by Scarecrow-88 6 / 10

Detention of the Dead

Breakfast Club Meets the Living Dead. The Harvard-potential geek (Jacob Zachar), horror-loving goth chick (Alexa Nikolas), popular cheerleader babe (Christa B. Allen), the cheerleader's bully jock star dumb-as-a-brick quarterback beau (Jayson Blair), jock quarterback's football pal (Max Adler), and the dope-head skateboarder (Justin Chon) all get detention and must try and survive a high school of zombie students and faculty.

This is the zombie joke: a host of high school stereotypes pitted against halls and classrooms of the hungry, walking dead. There's even the expected "smoke dope and share" scene with indie music tunes underlying the absurd situation. There's the idealistic goth who doesn't pretend to be anything but herself surveying the rest and telling the dork that being your own individual instead of following the status quo is the way to go: it was obvious from the get-go she was the cool kid who many of the "misfits" and "rebels" respond to. The dork becomes the hero. The cheerleader realizes her jock boyfriend is a jerk and could do better while bitching about how "difficult it is to be popular". The pothead doesn't want the zombie crisis to damper his mood, opting for "chillaxing" instead of falling prey to the moody blues. There's a running sight gag of the decapitated head of the zombie detention teacher, with the pothead especially enjoying tormenting her. I guess there's only so many times I can see intestines jerked from stomachs or zombies munching on arms; the effect has just wore off.

The film does have "ass munching"…that is a first for me as a zombie movie viewer. There is an American flag handle stabbed into the head of a zombie librarian. As you might expect, the cheerleader's skirt is jerked away with her running around in what's left of her skimpy uniform, lots of legs and bimbo tendencies. The goth has the hots for the geek but the geek has the hots for the cheerleader; eventually it all sorts itself out. There's the ventilation shaft attempted escape…undermined by a zombie rat! There's even a conversation between geek and cheerleader over why they cannot date. All of this playing out as all the teens and teachers they once knew are now trying to get at them and eat them! The pothead can't leave behind his pot and succumbs to the zombie rat (which, no matter how grotesque, looks like a hand puppet!). At least the cheerleader makes out with the geek...that's something right? There are scenes of legs, pencils, sports equipment, and books (!) used as weapons of defense! Christa B. Allen gets down to nothing but her undergarments and says, "I don't want to die a virgin." The geek gets to see her in bra and panties, allowed to cop a feel and get a kissy. Bodies go over the roof at the top of the building. The high school gym has plenty of "athlete zombies" perhaps bitten during PE. How does it all start? One teenager gets bit by some infected guy outside the school and brings it to the school where it all goes to hell. Simple way to get the ball rolling. There's some funny moments along the way, but after a while the zombie genre's "comic juice" is certain to be squeezed dry. The cast, though, gives the material their all. I especially liked Nikolas who sums up what she sees throughout realistically and pragmatically, all the while dressed in black with fish net stockings. This does stretch credibility to the max, but the zom-com is know for that.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

Predictable but fun

Well, there certainly are many zombie B-movies being made these days, and many of them are very bad. DETENTION OF THE DEAD isn't. Although it's yet another comic zombie horror set in a high school, the jokes aren't bad and there's plenty of fast-paced action to take your mind off the deficiencies of the script. Plus, the constant references to THE BREAKFAST CLUB are unexpected and a lot of fun too.

DETENTION OF THE DEAD gets to the zombie action very quickly, while the laughs come thick and fast too. Some of the plot ingredients are over-laboured to the max - that running severed head joke for instance - but others are handled quite well. The zombies are effectively ferocious and the gore effects don't disappoint either.

Mainly it's the characters that make this film work, with the actors putting plenty of enthusiasm into the performances. I found the main nerd character to be a bit dull, but the supporting players like Alexa Nikolas and Justin Chon have fun roles and do plenty with them. DETENTION OF THE DEAD isn't the best film in the world, but I found it to be an enjoyable time-waster.

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