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Detention of the Dead (2012)

Jacob Zachar , Alexa Nikolas , Alex Craig Mann  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jacob Zachar, Alexa Nikolas, Christa B. Allen, Jayson Blair, Justin Chon
  • Directors: Alex Craig Mann
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets ZOMBIELAND in this head-busting zombedy. A group of teenagers trapped in detention fight for survival after their classmates turn into a ravenous zombie horde. Can a stoner, a jock, a bully, a goth, and a nerd put aside their differences for one night to take on the undead? Will they live to see the morning? Fat chance! This is High School after all.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD BLOOD IS TO GET OUT? August 9, 2013
Has anyone else noticed that the amount of zombie films produced in a year has grown on the same graph as the legalization of marihuana? I suspect people are sitting around smoking, brainstorming ideas like, 'Dude, what if we added zombies to "The Breakfast Club?"' Okay, we noticed.

This is a fun zombie cult film that starts off with our stereotyped kids in detention and moves on from there. Willow (Alexa Nikolas) is the goth chick and the voice of reason who comes up with profound zombie metaphors. Eddie (Jacob Zachar) is the picked on geek, who doesn't have asthma and is not a level 18 wizard. Janet (Christa B. Allen) is our popular head cheerleader with Brad (Jayson Blair) as her jock/ROTC boyfriend who claims he is going to "officer's boot camp" after high school. Jimmy (Max Adler) is another jock who follows Brad. Ash (Justin Chon) is a likeable skateboard stoner who sells jocks Midal and tells them it is hash that won't show up on a drug test.

The film gives us a very quick character build up before the zombie attack. Character is later developed in the library, considered a safe haven ("not a single student would be caught dead there"). What made this film good was the dialog...."Stop taunting the undead!" And the attention to background details such as the large number of pencils stuck in the ceiling in detention and the sign in the background "Teen Sexual Awareness Week" like they need one.

I got several howls out of this feature. Good old fashion fun.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, near sex. Brief magazine nudity. Christa B. Allen in bra getting groped. $9.96 Walmart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High School can be Murder June 12, 2013
This is a pretty solid entry into the Horror/Comedy Genre. You have all your usual characters and stereotypes.I'm not mad because I like formulaic Horror movies as long as it's a formula I like and this formula I do.I believe most everyone else who loves this sub genre will love it too.
The comedy is a little over the top as is the acting but it's still a lot of fun and the gore was abundant and fun to watch as well.It's not destined to be a classic or anything but it is a good film that will entertain you and not leave you feeling like you wasted money like so many of late.
Jayson Blair of 'The New Normal' and Krista B.Allen of 'Revenge' were my favorite characters because their acting was so well suited for this film..I say rent it or buy it..You can't go wrong either way because it has the re-watch-ability factor.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breakfast Club meets the Undead July 21, 2013
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I'm not much for Zombie comedies but occasionally they can be fun. Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland come to mind as a couple of Zombie comedies that were not only funny but had enough good action, story line, and well scripted that made them worthwhile to watch more than once. Detention of the Dead is not a repeater, I doubt seriously if I'll ever feel the need to watch it again. It had some funny moments and some action but not a lot of story or script to it. Played a little too much on the Breakfast Club. The acting was decent and the Zombie effects actually weren't half bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid addition to the zombie collection May 29, 2013
Just finished watching this and I was pretty happy. This is a solid zombie movie. I saw it as a zombie comedy and it does pretty well at keeping on task. It is a story about a bunch of kids that get sent to detention right before a zombie outbreak and shows how the try to survive. There are of course the typical people there - The jock, nerd, cheerleader, goth chick, skater dude and military guy. They follow all of the zombie rules and try to survive. There are a bunch of in jokes in the thing so if you are into the zombie thing you should be able to catch them. The acting is decent. You begin to follow the characters and while there isn't enough time to really care about them you do like them. There is very little cgi and most of the zombie effects are good old fashion makeup. The effects all around are decent and are good enough to suspend your disbelief for the time you watch it. There are of course some places where the makeup is obvious but they are few and far between. The soundtrack is where this movie shines. It is really good and goes great with the film. It is actually good enough that I might have to buy it. This movie is good, it isnt great but it is good. You could do a lot worse then sit down and watch this. It is definitely a renter and if you are hardcore it is a keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie for Zombie fans... RENT November 13, 2013
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Good movie for zombie fans, but in terms of re-watchability, it stinks. Typical high-school "stereotypes".... dumb jock, nerd, goth chick, slutty cheerleader...

I would def recommend renting it first!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny enough September 26, 2013
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The movie was funny enough but if you have seen the previews, you have seen all the funny parts. It was wort the cost just to spend the time relaxing with our family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable September 20, 2013
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It loses a star for the bad sound synch, but still entirely worth watching. Sort of a Shaun of the Dead feel to it. Good gory fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars detention of the dead ! September 7, 2013
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it was a very good movie it has a blend of horror and comedy and I enjoyed it very much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Breakfast Club with Zombies
it's a cheesy b rate zombie movie. think breakfast club with wasn't as good as i expected but it wasn't the worst i've ever seen either.
Published 12 days ago by R. Duncan
3.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like what you see...Lower Your Expectations!
This fairly low-budget film was produced and distributed with the help of Starz and Anchor Bay. All of the lead actors (4 male, 2 female) seem mostly to have appeared on TV until... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Karl E. Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny--but not Seriously
A group of Thirty-year old high school students must band together and forget the pettiness of high school cliques in order to survive the zombie outbreak. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kendra M.
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Zombie movies
If you love zombie movies you will hate this. Never witty like shawn of the dead more like another teen movie.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Love my Zombies
Hilarious movie. Breakfast Club meets Zombieland. The acting is good and the movie is funny. worth watching over and over again
Published 4 months ago by Gary J Stewart
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly lame
Attempt to cross the zombie genre with a John Hughes film is painfully unfunny--plus this territory was already covered by the similarly titled but far superior Dance of the Dead. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joe Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Cheesy horror story! The Breakfast Club with zombies, the way the movie should have been originally! Completely deserves a cult following! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Medskewl :-)
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
It really was kind of like a Zombie Apocolypse Breakfast Club. I found it quite funny and the characters were interesting despite their somewhat cliche nature. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Petrzak
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a funny zombiepocalipse!
A zombiepocalipse is probably one of the most unlikely possibility for the future of human race, but in this movie it helps you to face some of your fears with a smile on your... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Simone Taverna
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