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Peer pressure, high school sex wars and witchcraft are the ingredients in this spicy brew as a gang of cheerleaders go from pretty vacant to pretty dead. And seriously angry. Directors Lucky McKee (The Woman) and Chris Siverston chivvy up their 2001 ra-ra short for this sharp, inventive horror romp, featuring the most winning cheerleaders since Buffy hung up her pompoms. »
This year's spectacular Film4 FrightFest has now sadly been and gone, but in the interest of keeping everything together, here's a hub filled with the numerous reviews from the event, our picture gallery, and a few videos courtesy of the FrightFest boys!
Briefly commenting on the festival itself: Many will have made note of the movement of the fest from its previous position at the prestigious Empire cinema to the Vue just a few doors down.
This was a sad side effect of the Empire's decision to split its absolutely massive main screen into two separate auditoriums, works which made it much too difficult to plan a further year at the site – especially given the burden of not exactly knowing when all would be completed. Thus, change was inevitable, and we really must say that despite wide trepidation regarding the festival's performance at the Vue site, the gang behind FrightFest – Ian, »
- Gareth Jones
Luke Owen looks back at this year’s Film4 FrightFest…
Wow, what a great showing of film’s at this year’s festival.
Film4 FrightFest is done for another year and we only have another 360-odd days until the next one. But while we wait with our breath held for the announcement of next year’s movies, let us reflect on the great films shown at this year’s festival.
8. The Mirror
This low budget British found footage movie took a lot of people by surprise at this year’s festival.
It was a very taut and tight affair with some great performances and direction to produce one of the best movies in the found footage genre since last year’s Frankenstein’s Army and The Borderlands.
Like many have at this year’s festival, Ed Boase has shown just how talented he is and will certainly be one to watch in years to come. »
- Luke Owen
White Settlers, 2014
Directed by Simeon Halligan
It’s Ed and Sarah’s first night at their new home – an isolated farmhouse on the Scottish borders. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they’re not alone.
There are some movies that will take a tried and tested genre and risk doing something new with it. Last year, Adam Wingard showed us that you can inject a level of dark humour into the home invasion genre with mixed successes, but for all its failings, You’re Next did try something new. The biggest fault with White Settlers is not the script, it’s not the characters or the story, it’s the fact that it doesn’t even attempt anything new. It’s every home invasion movie you’ve ever seen.
Sarah and Ed are a young couple who are looking to escape their big »
- Luke Owen
Running Time: 89 minutes.
Synopsis: Maddy (Stasey) is out for revenge against the cheerleaders and jocks. She infiltrates the cheerleaders and begin to forge friendships, but her attached neighbour Leena (Smit-McPhee), who is into the dark arts, becomes jealous. After a shocking accident, things begin to get out of hand between cheerleaders and football players.
How much can we in the UK care about cheerleading and American high school politics? It’s almost as though such cultural ideals are from a different planet entirely. Granted, we’ve been subjected to them throughout visual media and music videos, which has given us an insight into these vapid lifestyles. So why should we care about All Cheerleaders Die? Because it has the name Lucky McKee attached to it, and any man behind the »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
An audacious second act twist rescues this frenetic high-school horredy from predictability, ensuring that while All Cheerleaders Die is far from perfect, it has a few sly surprises up its sleeves. Directed by Lucky McKee (of excellent FrightFest 2011 flick The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (the considerably less excellent I Know Who Killed Me) and based on the duo's 2001 short, it starts out routinely enough as Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) signs up for the high school cheerleading squad in order to teach the heartless pom-pom-pushers a lesson or...
- Josh Winning
White Settlers is the new film from West Midlands born director Simeon Halligan (Splintered); which begins with an English couple, Ed (Lee Williams) and Sarah (Pollyanna McIntosh), who are making a change in their life, leaving the hustle and bustle of the city to move to the quiet and quaint Scottish countryside, buying a worn-out yet workable house for a good price with plans to renovate it in their own time. They move in and on their first night begin to hear noises, while in bed, coming from downstairs. Their inspections initially find nothing more than an open door but we soon find that Ed and Sarah’s home is being invaded by a number of pig-mask wearing Scottish men. When Ed goes missing, Sarah attempts to escape the assailants and find her husband, »
- Chris Cummings
All Cheerleaders Die, 2013
Written and Directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Silverston
A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle.
All Cheerleaders Die harkens back to an era of films when Buffy the Vampire Slayer ruled TV and every teen horror was trying to be Scream. It’s a movie so dripping in 90s nostalgia, but never tries to force it upon its audience. It’s there if you want to relive the glory days of late 90s horrors aimed at the “me generation”, but it’s still its own movie – and a damn fine one too.
Like all good horrors with wacky plots, »
- Luke Owen
Lucky McKee is a director I have been familiar with since I saw his 2002 film, May, starring horror mainstay Angela Bettis. McKee went on to direct an excellent episode of the short-lived Masters of Horror television show entitled “Sick Girl”, again starring Bettis. It was, however, McKee’s 2011 film, The Woman, that truly hit me between the eyes and sold me on Lucky as a director. A dark, grotesque, macabre film that dealt with female power and the role of the abuser, The Woman cemented McKee as a horror director to watch, which leads us to this review…
All Cheerleaders Die is a comedy-horror, written and directed by both McKee and Chris Sivertson. Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) is a high-school girl pariah, you know the sort, black eyeliner, anti-social attitude and not forgetting a »
- Chris Cummings
★★★☆☆Devoted horror fans Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson combine for knowing FrightFest 2014 offering All Cheerleaders Die (2013), a jocular genre piece that subverts the popular high school movie template in favour of a more menacingly comic - and bloody - offering. A rollercoaster ride of tongue-in-cheek cliché, there's plenty of fun to be had with this cheekily reverential horror; yet, a dependence on the sexualisation of the female form anchors the film firmly within 'knowing' horror misogyny. Maddy (played by Caitlin Stasey) takes the horrific death of a local cheerleader to heart, deciding to no longer be quite so cynical of this archaic tradition and in turn spontaneously signing herself up for the team.
- CineVue UK
Oh, high school horror, how I love thee. Not really, but hey, I’m open to anything in front of me at least once. Earlier in the year, Lucky McKee & Chris Silvertson gave horror fans an interesting entry with All Cheerleaders Die, a movie that while not perfect, was a lot of fun and very imaginative. One of the standout horror/comedies of the year, All Cheerleaders Die wasn’t meant to be taken very seriously and felt like a cross being something horror based and a very fantastical comedy…but wait, I forgot, we weren’t talking about that movie, oops. The other high school horror film of the year, Varsity Blood, unfortunately doesn’t hit the notes that McKee/Silvertson’s film did, instead going for a more serious and direct approach, something just ends up not working.
- Jerry Smith
Release Date: 7/22/14 on Blu-ray and DVD
Review by Daniel Xiii.
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge…and Zombies?
Based soley on the title of Lucky McKee’s (May, The Woods) All Cheerleaders Die, I had a kind of preternatural premonition that I would be enjoyin’ this one. Hell, based on that title, I can’t believe ol’ Lucky himself didn’t call yours cruelly and have him introduce the film like some sort of sexy William Castle (which totally could have happened if I was available, but of course my duties to the House that Fearsome Forry built have kept me too busy to make cameos).
So was my uncanny ability to completely judge whether I’ll like a movie or not based solely on its title still the stuff of legend, »
- Holly Interlandi
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- Steve Barton
After receiving a sturdy critical response at it’s world premiere at the ’13 edition of the Toronto Int. Film Festival, followed by an unceremonious theatrical and VOD run this past spring, indie filmmaker Zach Snyder’s latest film, Proxy, makes its way to Blu-ray. A blotch of red dominates the eerie cover, an ultrasound beamed out of the profile of Alexia Rasmussen’s face. It’s a striking image that recalls the pregnancy terror of a recent horror classic, Inside (2007). And yet, Snyder’s concept is more intriguing and original, sandwiched into vintage motifs that recall a series of masters of the genre from decades past. A snazzy quote from the Los Angeles Times heralds the film to be “a worthy successor to Rosemary’s Baby.” But beyond the pregnancy theme, Snyder’s film has little to do with the Ira Levin reference, and is, in fact, eerier than the »
- Nicholas Bell
Whenever I discuss the problems of female representation in horror films, I’m almost immediately bombarded with cries of, “But What About The Final Girl!?” Ah, yes, the final girl. By Carol J. Clover (Men, Women, & Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film)’s definition, the final girl is described as “a trope in thriller and horror films (particularly slasher films) that specifically refers to the last woman or girl alive to confront the killer, ostensibly the one left to tell the story.” Clover then goes on to dissect the character citing things like often having a unisex name (e.g., Laurie, Sidney, Teddy, Billie, Stretch, Georgie), that the female is masculinized through “phallic appropriation,” and that the character must be a female because audiences would reject abject terror if a man were to be under the same circumstances. People are always quick to cite the final girl as the »
- BJ Colangelo
Former head writer for the nudie site Mr. Skin, Mike “McBeardo” McPadden has stepped away from indexing every nude scene from every film ever made and dove head first into the high-speed, attitude driven world of Heavy Metal Cinema. From The Book’S Website: “Heavy metal and high-thrill cinema have been joined together like mutant twins since before Black Sabbath took the name of a chilling Italian horror film in 1970. The unadulterated journey of Heavy Metal Movies spans concert movies and trippy midnight flicks, inspirational depictions of ancient times and future apocalypses, and raw hand-held digital video obsessions. As brash, irreverent, and visceral as both the music and the movies themselves, Heavy Metal Movies is the ultimate guidebook to the complete molten musical cinema experience.”
This book wasn’t written, it was forged…that’s how metal it is. With over 666 movie recommendations ranging from the obvious choices like Trick Or Treat, »
- BJ Colangelo
If you're at Comic-Con this weekend and determined to pick up some awesome swag, then listen up! All you need is a keen pair of eyes, and a smartphone with Instagram. Come on in, get your assignment and then get hunting!
Rlj/Image Entertainment are on-site at Comic Con and they've got grab bags of goodies just waiting to be handed out! These limited edition "horror swag bags" are promoting some of their recent releases, All Cheerleaders Die, Wolf Creek 2, and Aftermath. Wanna win one?
All you have to do is find their cheerleaders outside of Comic Con. Once you do that, Instagram a photo with the girls and you'll walk away with one of these awesome bags. That's it. Not a lot of effort and the reward is pretty awesome.
- Matt Serafini
Cliques in high school can be known to do mean things to each other, but eating your enemies? That’s usually going too far. Not for the cheerleaders in director/writer Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s All Cheerleaders Die, though. These ladies have a hunger for human flesh, and nobody on the popularity scale is safe from being on their menu. Today sees the home media release of the high school horror film, and we have an exclusive clip that features revenge being plotted via webcam.
Written and directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, All Cheerleaders Die stars Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink, and Tom Williamson. The film has an 89-minute runtime and is not rated. In addition to the exclusive clip, »
- Derek Anderson
The ratty hair, the twisted teeth, the oily flesh. No, I'm not talking about the newest movie monster. I'm talking about our awkward high school years! In celebration of the release of All Cheerleaders Die, we're taking a look back at the Top 9 High School Horrors.
Looking back, we can remember plenty of high school horrors, and combination skin is just one of them. There were a lot of possibilities for this list, and we've got 9 of our favorites listed below. But we would have to flunk ourselves if we didn't turn in an honor roll of honorable mentions.
Of course another Lucky McKee film, The Woods, has to be listed, as does Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And those vivacious vixens from The Craft turned up the heat in their high school, and nobody - and we mean nobody - survives Cherry Falls.
And now, on to the...
- Scott Hallam
It seems that this week is a particularly good week to be a genre fan if angsty-yet-kickass high school gals are your thing, as not only is Scream Factory releasing the modern cult classic Ginger Snaps onto Blu-ray, but Lucky McKee’s All Cheerleaders Die is finally getting its home release as well.
Also being released this week are the intense revenge thriller Blue Ruin, several indie horror movies are making their DVD debuts, and there are also a few classic genre films that are heading to the high-def format from the folks over at Mill Creek Entertainment too.
Teenage outsider Maddy (Caitlin Stasey, I, Frankenstein) is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school’s elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. »
- Jonathan James
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