Undoubtedly, one of the most polarizing genre movies of the South by Southwest Film Festival was writer/director Joseph Kahn’s Detention. It’s definitely one of those ‘love it or hate it’ flicks that is filled with flashy images, pop culture references, and quick edits that you’d come to expect from a legendary music video director like Kahn. Like the film or not, audiences can’t deny that Kahn has a style that is most definitely all his own.
Dread Central had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Kahn and his co-writer Mark Palermo while in Austin to talk about their experiences after enjoying the world premiere of Detention at the festival earlier, Kahn’s thoughts on modern horror, and a discussion on some of the homages and pop culture references in the flick.
Check out our exclusive video interview with the pair, and look for more on the film soon.
Detention stars Dane Cook, Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Parker Bagley, Alison Woods, Walter Perez, and Evan Williams. To keep updated on all things Detention, make sure to follow Joseph Kahn on Twitter.
The film follows a 17-year-old who is given detention on the night of her prom. Over the course of the night her friends are murdered by a fictional horror movie icon. It’s said to be in the vein of Scream with elements of Back to the Future (time travel is involved) and classic John Hughes teen films from the 80’s.
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