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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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The character Willow makes a reference to the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The "two Wiccans" are mentioned, one of which was named Willow.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 »
Jimmy:What kind of rabies is this?
Eddie:It's not rabies... they're zombies!
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971)See more »
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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Wholly enjoyable and entertaining zombie-comedy, 8 April 2014
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca

Forced into detention together,a widely-varied group of students are forced to come face-to-face with their own insecurities in order to repel a zombie outbreak at the school.

This turned out to be quite a fun and rousing mixture of horror and comedy that works surprisingly well considering the high risk of detrimental flaws here. The fact that the whole film rests on fulfilling clichés and then twisting them does tend to fall short at times, because it is doing nothing more than utilizing the same exact tropes and storied characters that have been a part of the genre for years now and then turns them into exactly what you would expect would happen because you have to invert the clichés, resulting in nothing new or groundbreaking despite acting like it is. The low-budget doesn't help matters much either with a rather pedestrian look overall to the zombies who look decent enough but never really pack that special push to really sell them, settling instead on colored contacts and swollen features to sell their zombified state, and that's not entirely convincing throughout. As well, the lower-budget-means are fully viewed on the swarming scenes, which lack the massive size of most normal zombie hordes as well as failing to really exploit the type of blood and gore that come to be expected in such a scenario despite several rather gruesome moments which signal the start of what it does right. The fact that the zombie outbreak is so early on in the film, barely ten minutes in when the first victim turns into the ravenous being, makes for a rather pleasing amount of action in this one with a rapid series of encounters that are fun, exciting and quite thrilling, working the best when utilizing the comedy in the intense situations. Being forced to sneak past a group of zombies gnawing on a corpse without suspicion and doing so successfully only to be rousing by the cheers and congratulations of the rest of the survivors, fending off zombies by hurling library books at them or continually bashing them over the head with baseball bats but always loosing their grip on the bat are just some of the wonderful comedic scenes throughout that are not only hysterically funny and logical in such a situation but do so to make the non-stop action all the more fun. Coupled with some of the great gore gags when they occur and a rousing amount of heart, it's a lot more fun than what it seems like.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language, nude pictures and drug use.

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