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Detention of the Dead -- A group of teenagers trapped in detention fight for survival after their classmates turn into ravenous zombies. THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets ZOMBIELAND in this head-busting zombedy.
Detention of the Dead -- Comedy and Horror unite in this 'The Breakfast Club' meets 'Shaun of the Dead' tale about a group of oddball high school students who find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of Zombies. Can they put their differences aside and work together to survive the night? Fat chance! This is High School after all.
Detention of the Dead -- Comedy and Horror unite in this 'The Breakfast Club' meets 'Shaun of the Dead' tale about a group of oddball high school students who find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of Zombies. Can they put their differences aside and work together to survive the night? Fat chance! This is High School after all.


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When there's no more room in Hell, the dead will go to DETENTION!
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  (in credits order)

Jacob Zachar ... Eddie

Alexa Nikolas ... Willow

Christa B. Allen ... Janet

Jayson Blair ... Brad

Justin Chon ... Ash

Max Adler ... Jimmy

Joseph Porter ... Mark

Michele Messmer ... Mrs. Rumblethorp

Jonathan Coogan ... Guidance Counselor Zombie

Richard Jewell ... Colonel
Adam DeFilippi ... Jock Zombie
Jennifer Wellbaum ... Rich Girl Zombie
Bernie Allemon ... Little Person Zombie
Don Richard ... Raging Zombie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joey Paul Gowdy ... Zombie Student
Geneva Brunetti ... Zombie (uncredited)
Caroline Chuby ... Zombie Teacher (uncredited)
Tiffani Elise Edwards ... Hipster Zombie (uncredited)
Alex Nardelli ... Samurai Zombie (uncredited)
Brian Schaaf ... Zombie Shop Teacher (uncredited)
Stephanie Schaberg ... Zombie Student (uncredited)
David Waldman ... Zombie (uncredited)

Directed by
Alex Craig Mann 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alex Craig Mann 
Rob Rinow  based on the play by

Produced by
Brooke Anderson .... producer
Rick Johnson .... co-producer
Michael Manasseri .... producer
James J. Yi .... line producer
Original Music by
Cody Westheimer 
Cinematography by
Noah Rosenthal 
Casting by
Elisha Gruer 
Michelle Levy 
Production Design by
Danika Von Gesjen 
Art Direction by
Christopher Hohman 
Set Decoration by
Lauren Clifton 
Costume Design by
Amy Julia Cheyfitz 
Makeup Department
Michael Bordo .... assistant makeup artist
Michael Bordo .... makeup intern
Eleyna M. Brandt .... makeup department head
Troy Holbrook .... key special makeup effects artist
Lauren Kress .... department head hair stylist
Alexandra Martin .... assistant makeup artist
Christina Newman .... makeup artist
Jessica Nordstrom .... key hair stylist
Rachel Paone .... makeup intern
Daniel Phillips .... special makeup effects department head
Production Management
James J. Yi .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris O'Hara .... first assistant director
Daniel Warnock .... second assistant director
Brian Wooten .... second assistant director
Art Department
Kevin Barnes .... set dresser
Courtney Hermon-Taylor .... assistant set decorator
Marc Krauter .... swing gang
Jacqui Lenney .... swing gang
Joey Ostrander .... property master
Mike Rhadigan .... on set props
Devon Alaric Westerholm .... assistant on set dresser
Jen Whalen .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Dustin Crist .... boom operator
Arnie Geher .... music editor (as Arnold Geher)
Brandon Mehlhorn .... sound utility
Matt Mulder .... sound mixer
Mike Szakmeister .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Michael F. Hoover .... digital artist
John Ikera .... visual effects supervisor
Eric Reinhard .... digital compositor
Shawn Bernal .... stunt performer
Deanna Fakhouri .... stunt performer
Kathy Jarvis .... stunt double: Christa B. Allen
Chris LaCentra .... stunt performer
Chris LaCentra .... utility stunts
Michael Livshiz .... stunts
Nikolay Livshiz .... stunts
Carl Anthony Nespoli .... assistant stunt coordinator
Patrick Potochick .... fight choreographer
Patrick Potochick .... stunt coordinator
Anna Ranoso .... stunt performer
Danny Ray Cook .... stunt performer
Don Richard .... stunt performer
Heather Schilling .... stunt performer
Jordan Teachout .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Ballou .... digital imaging technician
Patrick Barcroft .... key grip
Brent Christy .... additional electrician
Wallace Michael Chrouch .... still photographer
Kevin Davis .... grip
Drew Dawson .... second assistant camera
Jim Dickson .... best boy grip
Chad Dougherty .... grip
Josh Ficken .... grip
Alex Grossfeld .... camera intern
Bryan Kimbel .... best boy electric
Graham Strachan .... gaffer
Stephen Taylor-Wehr .... first assistant camera
Jeff Urbanowicz .... additional electrician
Joe Vargo .... electrician
Casting Department
Katy O'Lynnger .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Bieling .... costume assistant
Mary Kasprzak .... key set costumer
Tracy Machak .... costume assistant
Rachel Oaten .... costume assistant
Mallory Vandruska .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Narbeh Tatoussian .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Sean Fernald .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Peter Kuzniar .... driver
Other crew
Geneva Brunetti .... edit team
Geneva Brunetti .... production assistant
TeAira Bryant .... production coordinator
Andrew Clark .... production assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Adam DeFilippi .... production assistant
Adam DeFilippi .... social media consultant
Adam DeFilippi .... stand-in: Max Adler
Brandon Hartley .... production assistant
Roshonda M. Hayes .... production accountant
Juanita Jackson .... production secretary
Danni McClellan .... key production assistant
Tim McClure .... locations prep
Lee Meltzer .... film publicist
Alex Nardelli .... production assistant
Katy O'Lynnger .... production assistant
Alexander Ray .... production assistant
Aaron Segel .... production assistant
Brian Wahler .... production assistant
Bethany Waldon .... script supervisor
Michael Walkmeyer .... armorer
Chris Winston .... production assistant
Angela Worrel .... production assistant
Horatiu Zglimbea .... production assistant
Nicholas Holland .... stand-in for max adler (uncredited)

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This film has many references to The Breakfast Club. Specifically the group running through the school halls, the scene in the library where the group tells why they are in detention and the scene where 3 members crawl in the school's air-conditioning ducts.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Ash mentions watching Shark Week on TLC. Shark Week airs on The Discovery Channel.See more »
Willow:It looks like Rob Zombie raped the entire cast of "Gossip Girl" and this is their angry love child.See more »
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References The Faculty (1998)See more »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Schools out, zombies in...., 19 July 2013
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

Having run into a swarm of questionable and dubious low-budget zombie movies the last couple of months, I really had no particular high hopes for "Detention of the Dead", but I was genuinely surprised.

The movie starts out well enough and drops the action right in your lap almost right away. I enjoyed that and it was great not having to sit 30 or 45 minutes into the movie before action starts to happen and the movie to pick up pace. "Detention of the Dead" starts off in a high gear and keeps going at that pace.

"Detention of the Dead" has a good amount of comedy to it to make it a worthy addition to the genre where you would find "Shaun of the Dead". While it is not as classic as "Shaun of the Dead", "Detention of the Dead" does manage to leave a good mark on the zombie comedy genre.

The effects in the movie were nice, though not as gory and detailed as that in George Romero movies or "The Walking Dead". But still, for a movie of this type and budget, then the effects and make-up was quite alright.

The characters in the movie were nicely detailed and equally well performed by the people hired for the various roles.

Story-wise, then the movie didn't really bring anything new to the zombie genre. But still, it managed to take already established lore in the zombie genre and put it to good use. There were some nice enough, although cheesy, references to be seen here and there, so stay alert.

"Detention of the Dead" is a good addition to the zombie movie library of any zombie aficionado.

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