The Almanac of Terror 2017: 87 Years of Horror Movie Statistics

The Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics on horror and horror-adjacent movies. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted according to their overall score.

Our classification method combines genres, subgenres, ambiances and antagonists. Our different ratings are: stars, story, creativity, action, quality, creepiness and rewatchability.

Deadly Detention

Five high school students are having detention in a former correctional facility and must outsmart an unseen menace out to kill them.
Feel-Good
Big Plot Twist
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trickster: 
Impostor
Lurer
5.04
Straight to jail!
5.04
5.04
6
7.04
3
4
3
Performances
Pace
Plot
Opossum infestation is a far-fetched pretext for confining teenagers in an abandoned prison for a whole day, but it gets the characters where they need to be for a great hook. Imagine Breakfast Club as a horror movie in a prison. I’m not even oversimplifying the gimmick. This film isn’t a masterpiece, but I underestimated it. It grew on me. Here’s why.
The characters are stereotypical, but allow a role reversal, revealing a script a little deeper than I expected. I thought all the actors were overacting, then I realized I was watching a comedy. This film is a little more than a succession of sarcasm, one-liners, pick-up lines, and clichés, but there’s a lot of that so you will be rolling your eyes.
Deadly Detention, AKA The Detained, is superficial and predictable, but not in a way that wrecks the experience. It’s not particularly tense, scary, or gory. It’s fun, funny, and kind of adorable. It’s energetic and effervescent, even when it gets dark. Its biggest flaw is that it goes on various tangents beyond its expiration date. It’s twenty minutes too long.
Alternate Titles: 
The Detained
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