Detention of the Dead Review | Zombie Education Alliance

Detention of the Dead review

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

Detention of the Dead Review | Zombie Education Alliance

(2013, USA)

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.

Detention of the Dead Review | Zombie Education Alliance

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

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 (2013, USA) 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…

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3.5 out of 5

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Summary : Easily as many negatives to the film as positives but the strong cast makes their characters interesting, and Alexa Nikolas’s portrayal of Goth chick Willow shines.

About TS Alan

TS was the former managing editor of Zombie Training before co-founding ZEA with former associate editor Mike Garman. TS was born outside Buffalo, NY. After attending high school he entered into a two-year community college to study Communications and Media Arts. There he became involved in the college’s radio station as a radio personality, under the pseudonym of J.D. Hollywood. After a year with WNCB radio he also became the station’s Promotions Director. J.D. Hollywood was also one of two names he used as a music reporter and Associate Editor for Buffalo Backstage, a local music magazine. After moving to Manhattan and experiencing the Northeast blackout of 2003, he became interested in prepping and urban survival, learning much of his experience through self education and observation of tragic events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. TS Alan currently resides in the East Village of New York City and is a published author of the zombie novel The Romero Strain.

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