Detention Of The Dead [DVD]
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When a group of oddball students find themselves stuck in detention they have no idea that their classmates and teachers have turned into a horde of bloodthirsty zombies. As the undead try and get into the detention room to tear the kids apart, the students have to put their differences aside and work together to survive the night.
Combines The Breakfast Club with Night of the Living Dead --Variety
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It's pitched as "The Breakfast Club (1985)" meets "Dawn of the Dead (1978)" with a mixed bunch of students in detention finding their entire school has been zombified (an event that seems to happen in about ten minutes and which is never explained). Then again, we had three seasons of that concept in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and a similar movie in The Lost Boys so the idea is sadly outdated.
Just as The Breakfast Club had "a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal" so this film has a brain, two athletes, a goth, a cheerleader and a dope dealing skater, and there are even scenes paying homage to that seminal 1980s teen movie, in which the gang inadvisedly smoke pot and later on attempt an escape through the air conditioning pipes.
The best joke in the film is the names used for characters and locations: Brad and Janet (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) are the dating quarterback and head cheerleader, Ash (The Evil Dead trilogy) is the skater and Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is the goth chick, and they end up making a stand in the Savini Library (named for the horror actor, Tom Savini).
Sadly, it fails to offer anything more than we've already seen in the excellent show, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" or the hilarious zom-rom-com, "Shaun of the Dead". Then again, it is free to stream via Amazon Instant/Prime, and there are far worse things to spend your time watching!
Whilst trapped in the desperate situation they learn a lot about the others they're with and about themselves, in between frenzied battles with their undead classmates...
I got this from a well known discount shop, where everything costs just £1. I had zero expectations for the film and bought it on a whim.
The movie is highly derivative (no doubt labelled as, and trying hard to be 'Shaun of the Dead' meets 'The Breakfast Club') but happy enough with what it's trying to achieve. Yes the movie is low budget but that doesn't really get in the way of or hamper the story.
Of course one could sit here all day and discuss unlikely and unrealistic character motives and outcomes but you'd be wasting your time and probably missing the point.
Zombie films are ten a penny at the moment, and I suppose the real question is 'does this stand out from the pack?'... Err... Well no, not really, but it is enjoyable enough for what it is. The cast (particularly the female leads) are lively and seem to be enjoying themselves too, which helps.
The zombie rat looks like the 'Sumatran rat monkey' from Jackson's far superior Braindead.
The UK dvd is bare bones but for a trailer.
It tells the tale of a varied group of teenagers (the nerd, the stoner, the jock, the bully, the goth, the cheerleader......) all held in detention, who bond during a zombie outbreak at the school, while being picked off by the undead. I think this is meant to be a sort of "The breakfast club" meets the zombie apocalypse. It didn't really work for me personally.
There are some nice jokes along the way (for example keeping the zombified head of their detention teacher and then using it as a mascot later and the zombie rat in the ventilation shaft. Also, like liked some of the methods of dispatching the undead; the clarinet being my favourite.
Overall, however, it was not really funny enough nor quite gory enough and the cheesy "life lessons" along the way, which are intended as sincere, just slowed everything down and killed the comedic mood. Finally, while the acting is fine, the cast just look too old for High School (at the beginning when I saw a character walking down the corridor towards the class clutching his bag, with a look of fear on his face, I thought it was the teacher. Turns out it was the "nerd" character Eddie (Jacob Zachar)).
The film is okay, but there are any number of smarter/funnier low-budget zombie films out there in my view (e.g. Freaks of Nature, I survived A Zombie Holocaust, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Me and My Mates vs the zombie apocalypse, Deathgasm, Re-kill.........) which I would recommend seeing ahead of this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Actually a good enjoyable film, full of cheesy scenes...but funny ta boot.
Deffo watch this again. Just a bag of fun if your just expecting a cheap silly funny movie. Read more
Okay film have seen better however it definitely still had a comical element to it,Published 7 months ago by Harry B.
This movie is so bad, It looks terrible (yeah yeah low budget but they could have done much better, or they shouldn't have wasted the money)
It's unoriginal, not funny and... Read more
This is just ''Shawn of the Dead'' meets ''The Breakfast Club''Published 13 months ago by Heather Findlay