In the summer of 2019 we learned that a film adaptation of the horror game “Detention” by Red Candle Games was on the rise Live action movie. For those unfamiliar with detention, it’s a creepy and well-received horror side-scroller from 2017 about a schoolgirl exploring a skewed version of her school in search of her missing teacher. Fans looking forward to seeing the adventure translated into a film will finally be able to see it in cinemas starting tomorrow.
Similar to the game, which in itself is based on a true story, Detention takes place in 1962 in Taiwan, which is locked under martial law. The story is about Fang, a shy teenage girl from an abusive home who joins an underground literary club that trains students with books that have been banned by the government in order to keep the dream of freedom alive. This club is run by Professor Chang who realizes Fang that she can open up and she eventually falls in love with him. Unfortunately, the professor mysteriously disappears and Fang wakes up at her desk one night to find that the school has been distorted in an otherworldly way. Fang works with Wei, another student, as they search for Professor Chang and find out what is going on while sinister supernatural beings stand before them.
Detention premiered in Asia in 2019 and 2020 and starts on Friday, October 8th in North American theaters and digital cinemas nationwide.
Red Candle Games made a noise earlier this year by re-releasing its independent and equally terrifying sequel, Devotion, which had been removed from the list for years after conflicting with the Chinese government. While there isn’t a movie, it’s well worth playing if you want to get a good grasp of the studio’s top-notch horror chops this Halloween season. You can read our review of the game here.
Are you planning to add detention to your list of horror movies to watch this month? Let us know in the comments!