Detention (2012) (Movie Review)
Director: Joseph Kahn
This comedy/horror movie is about a group of teens who go to Grizzly Lake High School. When one of their class mates is killed by someone dressed up as ‘Cinderhella’ (a character from a popular horror movie) they are all under suspicion. But when they all get detention, they try to work out who it is. This is certainly a different kind of animal, one we haven’t seen in horror before. I think that might be why I enjoyed it soo much.
I’ve used the term a “key-lime pie” to describe a few films before in my reviews and this wacky slasher of a film called Detention would be a prime example. Its Scott Pilgrim vs The World tossed in a blender with Scream and the results are a bit wacky, a bit stylish, but a whole heck of a lot of fun. I’ve never once been able to find a film that make me tolerate Dane Cook, but this one does just that and the people behind it need credit. On the surface with the way the movie is presented it could come across as a goofy mess at first glance, but when you really pay attention to what is going on you realize just how clever this movie really is underneath the wacky editing, out of left field moments, and the dozens upon dozens of weird 90s references. I can honestly say I loved it.
The director of this film has a long line of music videos he directed. He has been around and he knows what’s IN and what isn’t with today’s youth. So anyone who has reviewed this film and called it annoying is probably just people who have been left behind by modern times and just isn’t hip enough to get what this movie is going for. I think if you spent a lot of your youth in the 90s and your high school years in the first decade of the 2000s you will have a greater appreciation for what is being done here in this one. It has a lot of Scream in it and it also has a whole heck of a lot of random stuff that will keep you entertained from start to finish. It’s an A+ on the creative front that is for sure. By the time it wraps you’ll forget the slasher elements, but it will still have you enjoying what is going down.