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Satan's Cheerleaders (1977)

 -  Comedy | Horror  -  June 1977 (USA)
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The janitor at a local high school is actually the scout for a coven of Satanists on the lookout for a virgin to sacrifice. One day he kidnaps the cheerleading squad to use for their ... See full summary »

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The Sheriff
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Emmy / Sheriff's Wife / High Priestess
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Billy the Janitor
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The Bum
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Monk
Jacqueline Cole ...
Ms. Johnson (as Jacqulin Cole)
Kerry Sherman ...
Patti
Hillary Horan ...
Chris
Alisa Powell ...
Debbie
Sherry Marks ...
Sharon
Lane Caudell ...
Stevie (as Lane Cordell)
Joseph Carlo ...
Coach
Michael Donovan O'Donnell ...
Farmer (as Michael Donavan O'Donnell)
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Baker Girl
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The janitor at a local high school is actually the scout for a coven of Satanists on the lookout for a virgin to sacrifice. One day he kidnaps the cheerleading squad to use for their rituals. However, unbeknownst to the devil-worshipers, one of the cheerleaders is actually a witch, and has plans of her own for the Satanists. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Comedy | Horror

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Sydney Chaplin's final film. See more »

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The Sheriff: That damn woman!
Monk: Yes, I know what you mean.
The Sheriff: What, you? You're a monk!
Monk: Well, I'm very well read... and I dream.
[Smiles]
Monk: I dream a lot.
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Who You Gonna Love Tonight
Sung by Sonoma
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Exactly what type of movie is this?
17 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Satan's cheerleaders seems like an attempt to mix two radically different genres together and it should not come as too much of a shock that it is a inconsistent (though still watchable) film.

Mixing the then popular demon possession film with a Jack Hill like Swinging Cheerleader picture must have seemed like a really good idea on paper but unfortunately neither genre is attacked with the gusto necessary to be completely successful.

The first half of the film focuses on the wacky antics of the Cheerleaders and the football players (in fact until very end of the picture it seems that the entire football team is made up of only 4 players) but the surprising thing is how annoying the film-makers allow these characters to be. Whether forcing people off a public beach or making fun of the stuttering janitor they actually seem like a fairly accurate recreation of high school elite. While heading off to the first game of the season they experience car trouble and are picked up by the janitor and thats when the second movie begins.

The Janitor is a satanist and when he attempts to rape one of the ladies he is struck dead by the devil. The cheerleaders and their coach go to the local sheriff to report but he refuses to allow them to leave and they find out just how wide the web of evil is. The second half of the movie with a rape and several killings does not mesh with the light and goofy first half. People who like horror will be bored by the first half and people who like comedy may enjoy the somewhat tame (compared to other films of the genre) antics of the girls but few will fully embrace the film.

The acting in this film, as in many low budget affairs is very hit and miss. Weak acting by many of the cheerleaders (and all of the football team) is balanced to an extent by a strong performance by Kerry Sherman as the cheerleader who seems just a little bit ahead of the others in terms of understanding the situation and Jacqueline Cole, who while not the strongest actress in the world comes across as quite likable in her role as the Cheerleader's coach. As in many Greydon Clark films the movie is peppered with past their prime actors who are showing up for one last paycheck including Yvonne De Carlo and John Ireland. At least De Carlo seems to be putting a little effort into the film while John Ireland seems to be bored goofy by the proceedings.

Director Clark has created some of the more interesting zero budget films including Wacko, Angel's revenge, skinheads and without warning but I am afraid this film fails to reach the heights of his other efforts. If you read the premise and think the movie sounds like your type of film than you may enjoy it but I think most can safely pass on the film.


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