Riley Jones (Shanley Caswell) is the most unfortunate person at Grizzly Lake High School. She’s attractive, White, smart, witty, and able-bodied, but currently friendless, since her only friend, Ione (Spencer Locke), is currently pursuing her crush, Clapton Davis (Josh Hutcherson). Clapton, who is every bit as hipster as his name implies, really likes Riley but finds himself recently drawn to Ione’s newfound knowledge of and affinity for everything 80s. While these three navigate their feelings for one another, and Sander Sanderson (Aaron David Johnson) tries in the creepiest ways imaginable to get Riley to like him, they must also contend with another issue: There’s a killer on the loose.
Cinderhella is a popular movie franchise (similar to Scream) that the students love, but there’s now someone going around in a Cinderhella costume, killing Grizzly Lake students. So while everyone is trying to hook up, or simply be noticed, they’re also trying to survive to see prom. And the killer seems to be particularly fixated on killing suicidal but incredibly resourceful Riley. When the group finds themselves in detention together, they’re hit with a blast from the past, and must contend with their principal (Dane Cook), who’s threatening to flunk anyone who leaves the room, even though the killer is among them.
Detention is a not only a very engaging horror, it’s indie comedy gold, with both obvious and inside jokes that make it worth watching again and again.Not every horror has to be soul-crushingly traumatic. Sometimes, horror can come with the blood, gore, suspense, and laughs! This indie teen horror gives us a little bit of everything as we navigate a love triangle and a serial killer. Detention is a horror flick that you can definitely watch alone late at night, but it’s so funny that you’ll find yourself wanting company.
I give this one 3.75 stars.