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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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It's a teen zombie movie. Think "Breakfast Club" plus zombies See more (19 total) »


  (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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Willow's makeup appears to be a nod to "A Clockwork Orange".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 »
Eddie:It's time for this paladin to cast a 21st level spell of zombie whoop-ass!See more »
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It's a teen zombie movie. Think "Breakfast Club" plus zombies, 3 August 2013
Author: aliceroques1 from United States

It's a teen zombie movie. Think "Breakfast Club" plus zombies, less epic music (except for the Pixies' cover of "Where is My Mind?" by Nada Surf – Fight Club song for those of you who need a mental nudge). When I say it's "Breakfast Club" I mean just that: "Breakfast Club." It is heavy on the whole teen superficial archetypes thrust together serendipitously, and who must work together in order to get out of a predicament, all whilst learning about each other and themselves. This movie is similar, but instead of figuring out how to survive each other, they need to fight against a shambling horde of newly converted undead. This is the first movie review in RockRevolt Magazine. My reviews are more like a spanking, which sting at first, but when applied with appropriate follow-up, tend to be quite nice. I put everything I didn't like about the movie out there first, and then I soften that blow with what I did like. Let us proceed with that spanking now: Too Long. In this reviewer's opinion, the movie could have been shortened up. There were some brief moments that could have come out, that would have shaved off some minutes without having much impact on the overall delivery.

Jimmy? There could have been more to him; a little more substance. He was practically a prop, right up until his demise.

Holding the Head Effect. The effect was not as polished as I would have preferred. Since it was jarringly different from the other gory details, I would have done away with that particular scene, as it really didn't add a whole lot more, nor was it crucial to the story.

"I don't want to die a virgin?" Seriously? You are stuck in your school's library. The place is crawling with zombies, both inside and out, and all you can think of is…I take that back. If I were a teen in high school in a similar position, I would probably have the same mind-set. Move this to the plusses. Let us not die virgins.

Let's work on removing that sting now, and talking about some of the things that did work for me: John Hughes. I really enjoy some John Hughes flicks, so any nod in the direction of his classic films just hits me where I like it, even with zombies running around.

Visual Comedy. Call me immature, but I will laugh at the same thing a 13-14 year old boy will laugh at. The homo-erotic double entendre scene in which Ash and Eddie are trying to release the Kung-Fu grip a dismembered zombie arm had on Eddie's nether regions as they hump and thrust around just slays me. There were other instances that provoked the Beavis and Butthead giggling in me. I sported the "he he he he" quite frequently.

Ash. By far my favorite character. I could see such a character go awry with the wrong actor, but as portrayed by Justin Chon, I found him to be incredibly charismatic. What I particularly enjoyed about this character was watching his antics become the catalysts that propelled the story forward.

Classic Zombie Movie Salutes. Every once in a while, a reference to another zombie movie would pop-up and make me smile. There was no bigger smile on my lips than when the characters were huddled in front of a desk that had the sign "Savini Library."

There were many other reasons to enjoy this movie. If you enjoy John Hughes flicks, and zombie flicks, you will absolutely want to see this one. If you are ambivalent about one or the other, you should still check this one out. It's a movie that has an amazingly relatable story. How many of you are a dweeb with a hard-on for the cheerleader, but learned that you could save the day and get a girl that is like-minded and just as hot in other ways? I mean, not everyone can be a cheerleader or the school jock, but everyone is somebody, and whether or not you are slaying homework, zombies, or your day to day cubicle farm job, there is something ultimately cool about watching the under-dog save the day, and anyone can walk a mile in those shoes of that average man.

Off the soap box now. Detention of the Dead. Check it out. Take a date. If you get bored, you could always make-out, but I suspect you might actually want to watch this one.

~Alice Roques

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