DETENTION is a new Netflix horror series from Taiwan. The story may seem familiar in ways, but it’s still off to a solid start. Two episodes are released each week and the season has eight episodes. Read our Detention season 1 review here!

DETENTION is a new Netflix horror series from Taiwan that should have a very international appeal. Both because it does have a very universal (and yes, familiar) story, but also because it’s off to a pretty damn good start.

Also, episode 1 features a very simple – but extremely effective – form of torture that certainly made me look away. Yikes!

Season 1 has eight 1-hour episodes that are released weekly. Or rather, two episodes are released each week, so the final two episodes will air on December 26.

Continue reading our Detention season 1 review below and check it out on Netflix.

A classic horror series

In many ways, Detention is a very classic horror series. Perfect for Netflix since it will reach exactly the huge audience that it needs to. Since this is from Taiwan, Netflix offers the perfect vehicle to get this horror series to all corners of the globe. Over the summer, Netflix also released a horror movie from Taiwan that worked pretty well.

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We’re dealing with lots of teenagers in Detention which immediately gives it a universal feel. After all, teenagers with hormones and rebellious ways are (at least somewhat) similar all over the world; Some are following the rules while others are questioning what the adults are telling them.

No matter their trust (or lack thereof) in authorities, they will soon discover that there is definitely more to this world than meets the eye. The horror elements are utilized in some very efficient ways that should work for most horror fans!

Detention: Season 1 – Netflix Review

Watch season 1 of Detention now!

The Detention series has three directors attached (according to IMDb) and these are Shiang-An Chuang, Iling Lin, and Yi-Hsuan Su. This Netflix horror series was made in collaboration with Public Television Service in Taiwan. It’s based on the video game of the same name which was developed by Red Candle Games.

While this is definitely a horror series of the supernatural variety, the circumstance in the series is grounded in the very real world. Political oppression is evident and brutal which is yet another reason to watch it. We could probably all do with knowing more about the history of other countries – as well as the country you reside in yourself.

If the thought of anything political being part of your supernatural horror series rubs you the wrong way, then don’t worry, you can easily ignore this. However, I would argue that horror movies (especially those with supernatural elements) always comment on real-world issues. Detention simply follows perfectly in line with this tradition.

Detention premiered on Netflix with its two first episodes on December 5, 2020.


Stars: Cheng-Ping Chao, Serena Fang, Ning Han


Detention: The Series starts at Greenwood High School in the 1990s. Yunxiang Liu (played by Lingwei Lee), a transfer student, steps into the forbidden area on the campus by accident, where she encounters the ghost of Ruixin Fang (Ning Han). Fang later unveils the hidden history and trauma over the past 30 years, and how a group of young students and teachers were persecuted as they fought for freedom in the era of censorship. Their stories keep coming back to the school like haunting nightmares, waiting to be told and revealed.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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