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By James Whittington, Tuesday 11th September 2012
Extras: Cheat Mode: The Unbelievably Mind Melting Making Of Detention
"I make 40 G's a year, plus Dental. You may not have a Skittle."
Packed with post-modern, ironic tinged references, time-travel and a splash of hack n' slash, Detention is the injection of originality the horror genre has been waiting for. I first saw it last year at FrightFest and was just blown away by its strength and sheer guts to do something so different in the horror genre.
In this hipster, teen horror-comedy the students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is Cinderhella, a slasher-movie killer who has seemingly come to life and is preying on the school's student body. As the clock ticks and the bodies pile up, the likely suspects are embroiled in a race against time to stop Cinderhella and ultimately save the world... if only they can get out of detention.
Writers Mark Palermo and Joseph Kahn have created a slasher movie that rips up the genres rules for this genre and constructed a movie that is as inventive as it is clever. It bounces from scene to scene with a confidence unseen for ages. Kahn, who also directed, shows a visual style unseen in horror, bombarding the viewer with so many different editing styles it that this reminded me how inventive early MTV was, but in a very good way. No this also may lead to some fans being put off. It is such a creative piece that some may find it distracts too much from the high paced storyline. Not for me but I do feel some will just give up on it.
Shanley Caswell playing school dorky Riley is pitch perfect without overdoing the "pretty girl who is a loser”"shtick whilst Josh Hutcherson plays the lead with confidence and just the right amount of cocky teenage swagger.
Detention is John Hughes meets Sam Raimi and gets better every time you view it. A true cult classic in the making.
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