October 13, 2014 All Cheerleaders Die (Movie Review)
All Cheerleaders Die was Written and Directed By the Duo comprised of Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson. The two originally made a film of the same name back in 2001 after graduating from college, but decided to remake with a fresh start. Being the first time they have worked together since 2001, both have accomplished big success on great horror films, which include McKee’s May (2002), The Woods (2006), Red (2008), as well as the the sequel to The Offspring (2009) called The Woman ( 2011). Not to be out done, Sivertson was responsible for one of the greatest films of the last ten years, Jack Ketchums The Lost (2006), starring Marc Senter, who gives one of the finest performances seen on film. All Cheerleaders Die premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival on September 5th, 2013, and had a limited theatrical run in June of 2014.
The film stars Caitlin Stasey ( Neighbours Tv Series) as Maddy, who is putting together a video chronicling the final days of school. They focus mainly on cheerleading and she shows how dangerous it is to be a cheerleader. The audience soon finds out just how dangerous, because during one of the taped practices, they see a cheerleader go up for a stunt and come down hard, resulting in her death. This tragedy opens up a spot for Maddy and she joins the squad. The other cheerleaders consist of a religious prude named Martha (Reanin Johannink – Shortland Street Tv Series) and her younger sister Hanna (Amanda Grace Cooper), who is the cheerleading mascot. Creating a controversy, Tracy , the head cheerleader (Brooke Butler), starts dating the star football player who was just recently dating the cheerleader that just died.
Maddy, who is a lesbian, has an ex-girlfriend who is heartbroken and can not figure out why Maddy is hanging out with the cheerleaders, and will not let her go. During a get together outdoors, Maddy convinces Tracy that her boyfriend had cheated on her and even seduces her into kissing her in front of her boyfriend, which does not go over well. He ends up punching Tracy, and this makes the girls all drive off in a frenzy and the boy decide to chase them down, mostly because the jealous boyfriend is making them. During the chase, the girls crash and go off the side of a cliff and into the water, and the boys see this happen, but decide not to help. Maddy’s ex finds them and pulls them out of the water, and this is when it is revealed she practices Witchcraft, bringing them back from the dead. After they are brought back, they cannot really remember what happens to them, but they slowly figure it out. Tracy has all but lost her soul and becomes a heartless killer; The sisters end up with their minds in opposite bodies at a point and problems ensue. Then, they all go back to school where the boys think they are dead, but unfortunately for them, they are not, and they are out for revenge.
All Cheerleaders Die is very playful film and not meant to be taken seriously. It has no moments of fear or terror, but where this film wins the audience over is its originality and willingness to make fun of itself, while still maintaining its charm. Films these days have become nothing but remakes and copy cats that follow a template crafted back in the 1970’s. This film does not follow any of those rules and knows exactly what it is, and plays to its strengths. McKee And Sivertson were wise to remake this film because they really did what they set out to do; make a fun and entertaining film that is clever and witty and makes you have fun again. As the film comes to a close, it promises that this was part one, and rumors have it that a second is on its way. Fans can only hope this is true, as many films have ended with a to be continued, but many have failed to deliver due to poor return. All Cheerleaders Die is just pure entertainment and should be watched with an open-mind and a light-heart. CrypticRock give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars.