High school angst and Zombies
Detention of the Dead review
by TS Alan
Originally written and published on TS Alan’s blog on September 19, 2013
A group of high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they ban together and try to overcome their differences in order to survive a zombie uprising.
On the upside the parody element of stereotypical high school kids, which could have been embarrassing, was handled nicely by allowing the actors to add personality to their respective roles. It also helps that Detention has a solid cast of young actors that can actually act, so when the expected character revelations appear they don’t seem forced or awkward.
On the down side the film falls flat at times with its misplaced character exposition and the comedy being forced at times, including character names and place referencing from other horror films, which are a distraction rather than being a tongue in cheek send-up.
Though there is no laugh out loud moments there is some subtle, and not so subtle, humor along with some above average bloody effects that will certainly appeal to Gorehounds. All in all, director Alex Craig Mann manages to balance the humor with the gore, and though it’s not the most original attempt, it is certainly a worthwhile and enjoyable zom-com.
Detention of the Dead
Directed by Alex Craig Mann
Written by Alex Craig Mann, Rob Rinow
Cast: Jacob Zachar, Alexa Nikolas, Christa B. Allen, Jayson Blair, Justin Chon, Max Adler and Joseph Porter
Run Time: 87 minutes
DVD Release Date: July 2013