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I'm not quite sure where the rumor originated, but it was looking like - for a small bit of time - that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment was only going to release Joseph Kahn's Detention on DVD. That is not the case, however.
The spring limited theatrical release is making its way to DVD and Blu-ray on July 31st with a bevy of special features - you'll find a complete list after the jump. Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell and Dane Cook star.
An apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy starring Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Shanley Caswell, Detention follows the local students of Grizzly Lake as they survive their final year of high school. Bringing even more angst to student life, a slasher killer has chosen their high school as his new home of slaughter. It becomes a race against time to stop the killer, which will in turn save the world - if only they can get out of detention.
This review was originally published in March 2011, we are re-posting it in time for the film's release.
When I saw Joseph Kahn's feature debut, Torque, in 2004, it seemed to herald the advent of a new genre, which it didn't launch (McG's Charlie's Angels did) but completely embodied: "non-sequitur" cinema, in which set pieces and bombastic visual style not just circumvent but basically replace conventional storytelling. If there was a both best and worst extension of the glossy, hyperkinetic aesthetic that movies borrowed from music videos, this was it, and God help you if you couldn't keep up with its candy-coated imagery, lightning-fast editing, and narrative cohesiveness that more resembled an overstuffed plate from the pop-culture equivalent of an all-you-can-eat Vegas buffet than most films' carefully-chosen, multi-course meal.
What was most interesting about Kahn's technique is that it seemed impossible to critique with much more nuance than either "totally amazing" or "freaking awful." And some six years later, his follow-up is only marginally easier to evaluate: a fruit smoothie comprised of teen comedies, horror flicks, music videos, and random pop culture points of reference, Detention is no doubt going to be hard for many to make it through without succumbing to seizures, but it's a singular experience that deserves more thought than its superficial veneer of influences suggests.
This week, Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) and Shanley Caswell sat down with members of the press to discuss Detention, the film opening this Friday that is directed by Joseph Kahn, a man best known for his music video career and the action flick Torque. Hutcherson also serves as an executive producer on Detention.
After the jump, listen to the two stars talk about their time on this insane project which melds genres and does so with a self-referential voice. Hutcherson lightly touches on the upcoming Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, and Shock tries to squeeze some information out of Caswell about her time on The Warren Files, the upcoming supernatural thriller by director James Wan.
For our exclusive interview with Kahn, follow this link!
If you ask director/writer/producer Joseph Kahn how you get a horror/time travel/teen comedy made in Hollywood, he’ll give you a simple answer. “I paid for it myself,” Kahn says. “There’s no studio involved in this whatsoever. It was a complete independent production. It’s basically the most expensive home movie ever made. That’s why I did it myself because I just knew there was no way this could ever get through the system.”
Detention, which opens in theaters on Friday, April 13th, is described in promotions as a horror-comedy featuring a group of high school teens stuck in detention and being hunted down by a serial killer named “Cinderhella." But once you see the film, you discover that there’s a lot more going on including pop culture parody, time travel parody, teen drama parody, and a lot more. So are horror fans going to get what they were looking for in Detention?
The release of Joseph Kahn's Detention is not too far away now. We've been talking about this one for quite a while now and we're eager to see how it plays when the film opens on April 13th.
The official Facebook page for the film debuted the official one-sheet, a slight variation on the festival poster. Josh Hutcherson, Spencer Locke, Parker Bagley, Dane Cook and Richard Brake star in apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action-thriller, body-swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy.
To see if the film is opening in a city near you, follow this link.
Head inside for a larger look at the poster.
An official website has launched today, revealing the theaters/cities you can find the film starring Josh Hutcherson, Spencer Locke, Parker Bagley, Dane Cook and Richard Brake.
The film follows a downtrodden 17-year-old girl who is sent to detention where she must survive a slasher film killer and save the world in time for prom.
Head inside for a theater/city breakdown and a clip!
A new slasher icon in the making?