A grisly campus thriller, adapted from the international megahit game
A storm is approaching on the evening eight youngsters head out to test their nerve in the old abandoned schoolhouse.
This is Greenwood Middle School, the site of a fatal incident during the days of the White Terror in Taiwan. After one student informed the authorities about the secret circulation of forbidden books, the subsequent crackdown resulted in jail or execution for those who didn’t flee or take their own lives. Rumors have abounded ever since of wrathful spirits lingering within, unable to depart.
It doesn’t take long for those eight foolhardy youngsters to realize that the rumors are very much true. Bullet-riddled faces throng the auditorium; a mutilated baseball player with otherworldly strength patrols the sports field; and anyone who dawdles in the corridors risks being turned into a meat puppet.
Their attempts to escape are thwarted by the ghosts lurking in every corner. What happened here, all those years ago, to make them feel such rage? What do the ghosts want? And will the survivors still be able to trust one another as their numbers start to dwindle?
The original PC game Detention soared to the top of the Steam store charts in Taiwan on its release in 2017, and within three days it had reached the number three spot internationally. The movie and TV rights have also been sold; filming starts on the movie in 2018, under the supervision of Lee Lieh (producer of Monga) and Aileen Li (producer of Luc Besson’s Lucy).