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Detention of the Dead (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Horror | 27 April 2012 (USA)
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A group of oddball high school students find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of Zombies.

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Alex Craig Mann

Writers:

Alex Craig Mann, Rob Rinow (based on the play by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 Jennifer Wellbaum ... Rich Girl Zombie
Bernie Allemon Bernie Allemon ... Little Person Zombie
Don Richard Don Richard ... Raging Zombie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Fogel Dave Fogel ... Zombie Student
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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. Written by Detention of the Dead, LLC

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

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Comedy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

School of the Living Dead - Nachsitzen mit Zombies See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,332, 30 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,332, 30 June 2013
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Gala Films See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is a Return of The Living Dead ad on the back of the magazine Jimmy is reading in the library. See more »

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Early in the film Eddie repairs his glasses with duct tape but the tape is never seen again. See more »

Quotes

Willow: If this isn't a commentary on the current state of public education, I don't know what is.
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Crazy Credits

There is a shot of the zombie rat in the vents after the credits end in typical horror film fashion. See more »

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References The Faculty (1998) See more »

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I Hope I Become A Ghost
Written by Will Etling (as William Etling) , Jesse Hoy (as Jesse Charles Hoy), Michael Ryan Hughes and Crash Richard (as Christopher Michael Richard)
Performed by The Deadly Syndrome
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Breakfast Club Meets George A. Romero
16 July 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A group of oddball high school students find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of Zombies.

This is not necessarily a good film, and it is not a surprise to me that the movie has generally low reviews on IMDb. A bit lower than I expected, but maybe it just has not hit the target audience yet. Although, there is a bit too much down time between the jokes to really keep the momentum going, and some of the events go past parody or homage to downright theft (the "Breakfast Club" ripoff where they each explain why they have detention in particular).

This might fall under the category of guilty pleasures, though, for zombie and horror fans. There are countless references, and I am sure I did not catch them all: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, Twilight and Rocky Horror Picture Show come to mind. There is an homage to Sam Raimi's directing style, the library is named after effects guru Tom Savini... and in one piece of dialogue, two characters mention all the ways that a zombie outbreak has begun in other films.

This may not be a keeper, but it is definitely worth renting for those who like clever references to other horror flicks. (Or sometimes not so clever -- the Savini reference got a bit too much screen time to be subtle.)


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