Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
James D.R. Hickox
Billy Aaron Brown
What's it about
A bunch of disposable adult-looking teens wind up stuck in detention. At night. With ghosts and a killer in the school to boot.
Is it good movie?
I wish I could tell you that this flick is creative, really nasty or
even a little scary. I really do. Unfortunately, that is not the case
here as Detention becomes typical, but some fun can certainly be had
Alright, so our ghost killer man here was tortured by the cool kids
back in the day when he was a nerd. They took it too far and put him in
a furnace (!) for chatting with the super cool guy's girlfriend. He was
killed by accident due to a lightning storm setting off the previously
out-of-order furnace (!) and then we've got ourselves a movie.
David Carradine must be spinning in his solid gold tomb for being
involved with this. He's the spooky principal, you see (and no, he
doesn't tie into the ending at all..the only character actor with name
value in the whole picture, wink wink).
Anyway, Carradine has hired a new history teacher who gets a little
preoccupied with the death of this former student. Why wouldn't she get
interested, after all she read about the debacle as it was displayed in
the newspaper article in the school's trophy case(!). Of course,
they're all "sweep it under the rug" in a plot that sounds somewhat
similar to a flick that rhymes with Blightmare on Blelm Bleet.
The group of beautiful "teenager" stereotypes (lead actor/actress, the
drug guy, the nerd, the goth chick and the token black guy) is stuck in
a classroom, and they start seeing things that seem a little strange.
Of course, they break free into the school, where they start getting
attacked one by one until the ghost begins possessing different cast
This isn't a smart movie, but it knows its place. At its best, it can
undoubtedly be considered a stupid midnight romp that provides some
lowbrow entertainment and a few cool death scenes (they're not high
grade stuff, but somewhat creative). The flick is shot pretty well, and
it looks like it has a bigger budget than it did.
Unfortunately though, it becomes a bit of a mishmash and can't seem to
stick with one idea and run with it. Detention sort of sets up rules
for itself as it goes along and ends up tripping over them more than
So, if you're up for a Breakfast Club-meets-Freddy sort of attempt
wrapped up in a low budget, a serious dose of silliness and some
beautiful young actors who are too old for their roles, this one might
be up your alley. You'll laugh..well, you'll mostly just laugh because
there is some cheesy stuff that can overwhelm things here.
But hey, a little silly entertainment never hurt anyone, right?
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and looks alright,
although it isn't exactly a hi-def picture. Things look a little muddy
and the whole thing feels sort of cheap. As I said before, the movie is
shot competently, but the transfer isn't stellar.
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and is mixed somewhat
quietly in the surround channels, but sounds passable.
The only real extra is After Class:
The Making of Detention, which is really nothing but fluff. It
features a fair amount of glad handing, Carradine wondering how he
ended up making the film (just kidding, he puts it over), a few cast
interviews, crew interviews and all of this adds up to about 10 minutes
where you don't learn much besides how much fun people had and how
they'll be good friends forever. This is all backed by some lame stock
Other than that, you get a trailer for this movie, Jack Said and
If you've got a few friends around and some time to kill, you can have
a few laughs with Detention. It's silly, hokey and a bit all over the
place. Just don't expect anything you'll remember the next day.