This book contains 66 reviews of horror films written and ranked by critic and blogger Steve Hutchison. Each description includes five ratings (stars, story, creativity, acting, quality), a synopsis and a review. All 66 movies present a surreal threat. How many have you seen?
Straight to jail!
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.