‘Detention of the Dead’ (Review) – Think ‘Breakfast Club’ with a body count

Directed by Alex Craig Mann (2013)
You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain… and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal… Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club. Fade to Judd Nelson throwing his fist up and walking across the football field. Yaaay.
‘Detention of the Dead’ Opens in Select Theaters
In the simplest terms Detention of the Dead, tries to update and mimic the fore mention film and sort of pulls it off, but there is something missing as well as a new addition – zombies. All the classic stereotypes are represented in this, with exception though: the princess has been replaced with a cheerleader, the criminal is now a stoner kid who is peddling weed and the basket case is a Goth kid – naturally. And there’s now a Marine kid for some reason. Side-eye. My off topic question is (it been a longtime for me) but aren’t the “nerds” the new cool kids? Just saying.

Detention of the Dead begins in well – detention of course, with the cast establishing their respective characters. For some reason unbeknownst to us or even explained as far as I can tell, a kid goes full zombie and attacks the teacher. The students manage to kill the zombie and make their way from the classroom only to find the halls have been taken over by zombies. In fact it appears the entire outside world has been taken over by the undead. The group manages to make their way to the library hoping to hole up in there until help arrives.

Once inside the library the kids indulge in some pot smoking and they each tell the story of how they wound up in detention in the first place. That scene sounds familiar doesn’t it? Although the overall film’s tone attempts to draw parallels from the Breakfast Club, the story differs as each kid is picked off one by one by zombies. Although some of the jokes are a bit corny there are some funnyish moments. I mean come on there is a scene with a zombie rat, funny and gross at the same time. There are some pretty good zombie kills as well.

Detention of the Dead is not a cinematic masterpiece, but I liked it well enough. It’s currently playing On-Demand and will also be available on DVD July 23.