Dir: Joseph Kahn, 2011, USA, 93 mins, Cert 15
Fri 23 February // 19:30 / Cinema
A wildly inventive and genre-defying film that throws viewers straight into a surreal high school experience like no other. The story unfolds in Grizzly Lake, where the lives of a diverse group of students are turned upside down when they find themselves serving detention on a fateful Friday night following a series of Scream-like teen murders in their high school.
Amidst the chaos and detention, an eclectic group of students including the sarcastic Riley, the cheerleader Ione, and the rebellious loner Clapton, must unravel the mystery behind their bizarre circumstances. As the characters grapple with their own personal issues, a mysterious figure known as Cinderhella emerges, threatening to unleash havoc on the unsuspecting students. Is Cinderhella a manifestation of their collective fears, a supernatural force, or something else entirely?
Weaving elements of slasher-horror, body-horror, time-travel, body-swap, alien invasion, high-school comedy and teen drama with a healthy dose of pop culture references and social commentary, Detention is a rollercoaster ride that challenges traditional storytelling conventions, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats while seamlessly blending humor, horror, and unexpected twists.
"Imagine an unholy mashup of Heathers, Back to the Future, Donnie Darko, a Lady Gaga music video, Saw 4, and Thomas Pyncheon's postmodern novel The Crying of Lot 49. Then add in the fast-patter, pop-reference humor of Community. Now you are beginning to understand only one tiny part of the pleasing madness that drives scifi indie flick Detention. This under-the-radar movie, which wowed audiences at South by Southwest, is a genre mashup unlike anything you've ever experienced — it's a ritalin-fueled whirl of bizarre stories about aliens, time travel, body-switching, and apocalypse." -- Annalee Newitz (Gizmodo)
"If a movie was able to do several lines of cocaine before you hit play, Joseph Kahn's Detention would be that movie. It's wild, kinetic and all over the place in the best possible way." -- Trace Thurman (Horror Queers Podcast)