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5.0 out of 5 stars Meta 90's slasher bonanza
Saw this film at Frightfest 2011 and loved it. The description listed for this film doesn't even begin to describe the peaks and valleys that it explores in terms of the pop culture. It seems to be the logical step on from films that reference 80's pop culture and moves it on to the 90's. 'Detention' will clearly be compared to 'Scream' due its meta nature and slasher...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slashing surrealism
Without being cynical, Detention is one of those films that some people gush over just because it's weird; they don't seem to care that it has no plot or characters and is just a cheap echo of much more effective films (in this case Scream). What they see is a bunch of pseudo-"hip" references to recent pop history which they feel smart for "getting", and that, coupled...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meta 90's slasher bonanza, 22 July 2012
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Saw this film at Frightfest 2011 and loved it. The description listed for this film doesn't even begin to describe the peaks and valleys that it explores in terms of the pop culture. It seems to be the logical step on from films that reference 80's pop culture and moves it on to the 90's. 'Detention' will clearly be compared to 'Scream' due its meta nature and slasher flick mix, however this film attempts to do something different, rather than just being completely about looking back at the slasher genre it broadens its scope in order to create more idiosyncratic feel in terms of story telling and visual direction.

All in all, this film is probably up there with 'Cabin in the woods' as one of the best horror films of this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST MOVIE SINCE VOLCANO!, 10 Jun. 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Detention [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
This is a fast paced "Student Bodies" meets "Scott Pilgrim" type of movie. The humor comes at you quick and you must pay attention. It is a teen slasher spoof film, but also tosses in a few aspects of other films. There are clues as to what is going on, but don't worry about trying to catch them and figure out the film, just enjoy the scenes.

Some lines that come too mind:

"Pregnant teens are never funny." A clear slap at "Juno."

"I only eat baby animals."

"Pain don't hurt."

"Where did you learn to make a snuff porno? Lady Gaga?"

"Gnawing through boyfriends like an unfed piranha."

"This human conversation thing isn't working. Let's do texting."

The production incorporates numerous obscure 1980's references, some of which are explained. The film is done in a modern quirky "Scott Pilgrim..." style, but knowledge of 1980s movies is helpful in order to enjoy the feature.

There is a slasher at school. Meanwhile Ione (Spencer Locke), the cute air headed blond likes under achiever cool guy Clapton Davis (Josh Hutcherson). She has given up her jock boyfriend Billy Nolan (Parker Bagley)for him. He wants to beat up Clapton over her, and he is willing to fight for her because she is deep and likes Sting. Meanwhile Riley Jones (Shanley Caswell) has a crush on Clapton and becomes a third wheel.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, brief sex and brief nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slashing surrealism, 1 April 2013
This review is from: Detention [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Without being cynical, Detention is one of those films that some people gush over just because it's weird; they don't seem to care that it has no plot or characters and is just a cheap echo of much more effective films (in this case Scream). What they see is a bunch of pseudo-"hip" references to recent pop history which they feel smart for "getting", and that, coupled with some cartoonish gore, is enough. That said, Detention's strangeness can be entertaining - it's not often that you see a film this anarchic - and it has one or two funny moments, but overall it's too amateurish to recommend.
The "plot", if there is one, goes on so many arbitrary tangents that it's hard to write a synopsis, so I'll just describe the one thread which stays fairly consistent throughout: a serial killer who dresses like "Cinderhella", a horror film slasher, starts murdering teenagers at Grizzly Lake, while Riley Jones (Shanley Caswell), a high school outcast, tries to stop him. Josh Hutcherson from The Hunger Games plays her love interest, and Dane Cook gives a surprisingly okay performance as their principal. You know a film's bad when you start complimenting Dane Cook. Mixed in with this is a thousand subplots about aliens, body-swapping, time travel, mutation, the apocalypse and more, all of which makes about as much sense as a wax oven. The acting's hard to judge as like everything else it gets lost in the endless maze of a screenplay and direction; I suspect that Cook stands out simply because you expect the worst from him. Various visual gimmicks are used, like intertitles announcing shifts in points of view, but not for any reason other than to have visual gimmicks.
I think Detention wanted to be a 21st-century Scream, skewering the 90s from a modern perspective the way Scream did the 80s. The obvious difference, however, is that Scream worked as a genuine horror film; its humour was subtly woven into a clear plot with sympathetic characters. Detention, on the other hand, plays like the makers were just throwing stuff at the screen while hoping that their references would somehow make it cohere. They don't. When a movie nerd in Scream said that police would save time if they watched Prom Night, it was clever; when a character here says "you're my Michael Keaton" to Josh Hutcherson, it's nonsensical. There are, however, a couple of moments of sharp black humour, one involving an ignored public suicide attempt, which hint at the film Detention could have been if its makers had stopped to ask themselves what their focus was. I'd half-recommend it to film fans simply because it is such a rare spectacle; if you saw Richard Kelly's Southland Tales and thought it was all over the place, you ain't seen nothing yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 7 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Detention [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Some of the reviews I've read of this film are awful, I have no idea why!
2 minutes in and I was hooked. It's funny, has a good cast and is extremely well produced.
It parodies all the teenage/horror stereotypes perfectly and all the references are in good taste.

Will be watching this multiple times :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars you wont have seen many films like this before, 9 Jan. 2013
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Rob Simpson "noframeof" (Middlesbrough, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Detention [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Where to begin with Detention? Now there's a million dollar question. The first 15 minutes Joseph Kahn's film is absolute torture. With characters talking to camera, MTV Day-Glo editing and references to the 90s (which are the new 80s, apparently), I was minutes away from turning the DVD off and putting in something less aggravating. Thankfully I never gave up, because after that this truly unique beast reveals its true colour. While the gaudy aesthetics never go away, it takes the approach to storytelling that more is more. Khan weaves sci-fi, slasher, time travel, surrealism, the end of the world, body horror and torture porn into its deconstructionist web. You have no idea where the film is headed next and that flagrant disregard for cliche of expectations makes the film something of a thrill. Quotable, fun, maddening and inventive, all perfectly describe Detention. Even if coming out in touching distance of cabin in the woods does it no favors, chances are you will have seen very few films this strange.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy, 17 Dec. 2012
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If you like the Scream films and you're a Josh Hutcherson fan then you'll LOVE this. It's so awesome. It arrived quickly and in great condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 Oct. 2012
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While this movie is not what it seems by the packaging or summary at the back it was roller coaster of the weird and wonderful. I would recommend to anyone but be warned it will blow your mind!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING film!!!, 5 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Detention [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
This is one of the best horror/slasher/thriller type films I have seen in a good while! The perfect mix of suspense, scenes that will make you jump out of your seat and moments of humour.
Loved all of the references to classic horrors and Pop culture.
And, added bonus, JOSH HUTCHERSON!!
AMAZING.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining mash-up of ideas, 5 July 2014
This review is from: Detention [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Detention is a comedy slasher that's heavy on the comedy - more a spoof, really. Whip-tongued smartass teens spout post-modern ironic dialogue that's too smart for their age at a lightning fast sketch-show pace for the entire movie, while the director uses massive doses of movie in-jokes, camera gags and surrealism to enhance the proceedings.
It's an idea that shouldn't work - as if no-one told the writers that you couldn't make an acid-tongued and hyper-fast gag last for an entire movie. And it almost doesn't. At the 30 minute mark I was wondering whether I could bear with the barrage of noise, arguments, images and snarky witticisms for the length of an entire movie, and my other half fell asleep 3 times due to the (deliberate) lack of a coherent plot to keep the story moving in a traceable direction.
If there's a weakness in the movie, it's that: - witty self-awareness trumps all, including any sense of story, leading to a chaotic bundle towards an ending that seems utterly incoherent and brilliantly designed all at once, and could have equally convincing arguments made for both.
The cast are all endearing and gamely up for this knowing spoof, and they play it to the maximum. The comedy gore is over-the-top enough to be funny, and many of the ideas are utterly barmy. It's almost inconceivable that a movie this insane could actually exist. I still don't know if I liked it o if my head just hurts. However, as long as you can cope with the incoherence, it's fun - give it a whirl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now here's something you don't see everyday, 11 Feb. 2014
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Bought for Josh Hutcherson. But turns out its a very good film. Funny. And good acting too. Not what I expected.
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