To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of parody films. There are some exceptions, like the first Scary Movie, Shaun of the Dead or Spaceballs, but those films generally had some brains behind the humour, and didn’t come across as a bad live-action episode of Family Guy. With Detention of the Dead, actor-turned-director Alex Craig Mann has taken pieces of Edgar Wright’s zom-com and thrown in 80s classic The Breakfast Club and put the mixture to film. What’s there is a parody, but is it one worth laughing about?
A group of oddball high school students find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of Zombies.
Detention Of The Dead takes the fun, amiable John Hughes approach to its horror comedy mayhem. As far as entries in the “monsters have invaded our school” sub-genre go, it’s not half bad. While it never quite rises to the heights of Joe Ballarini and Gregg Bishop’s Dance Of The Dead it’s a far sight better than many of the other zombie entries I’ve seen recently. I’d definitely recommend it to fans of the genre though, and now you can check it out. It opens Friday, June 28, 2013 in select cities.
Alex Mann co-wrote (with Rob Rinow) and directed the farce starring Jacob Zachar, Alexa Nikolas, Christa B. Allen, Jayson Blair and Justin Chon.
In the film, “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.”