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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: James D.R. Hickox

Starring:
David Carradine
Preston Jones
Alexa Jago
Billy Aaron Brown
Michael Mitchell
Rachel Sterling

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
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 here.

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 members.

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 once.

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 Extras
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 production music.

Other than that, you get a trailer for this movie, Jack Said and Groupie.
Last Call
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.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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