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You’ll want to get “DETENTION” when the Taiwanese horror film sees U.S. release

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | News


The after-school activities are supernatural in the award-winning chiller.

Dekanalog has announced that it will release director John Hsu’s DETENTION to theaters and virtual cinemas October 8. Winner of five prizes at the 56th Golden Horse Awards and Best Film at Fantasporto, it was scripted by John Hsu, Fu Kai-ling and Chien Shih-keng and stars Gingle Wang, Fu Meng-po, Tseng Jing-hua, Cecilia Choi and Wang Ko-yuan. The synopsis: “Set in 1962 Taiwan during the White Terror martial law period, DETENTION tells the story of Fang Ray Shin [Golden Horse nominee Wang], a female student at the hillside Greenwood High School and, attending counselling with teacher Mr. Chang [Fu], they gradually fall in love. It was a dangerous period where sensitive books were banned and free speech were restricted, but Mr. Chang has secretly organized a study group for banned books. One day, Mr. Chang disappears without explanation, and only Ray-shin and her fellow student Chong-ting [Tseng] seem to remember that he ever existed. The two agree to work together to find their missing teacher, but soon find that their school is no longer the familiar world they remember. The building has become an alien land of ghosts and demons, and the two students will be forced to confront a terrible, secret truth if they hope to escape with their lives.”

See our review of DETENTION here.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).