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Cheerleader Camp (1988)

A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.


John Quinn




Cast overview, first billed only:
Betsy Russell ... Alison Wentworth
Leif Garrett ... Brent Hoover
Lucinda Dickey ... Cory Foster
Lorie Griffin ... Bonnie Reed
George 'Buck' Flower ... Pop (as Buck Flower)
Travis McKenna ... Timmy Moser
Teri Weigel ... Pamela Bently
Rebecca Ferratti ... Theresa Salazar
Vickie Benson Vickie Benson ... Miss Tipton
Jeff Prettyman Jeff Prettyman ... Sheriff Poucher
Krista Pflanzer Krista Pflanzer ... Suzy
Craig Piligian Craig Piligian ... Detective
William Johnson William Johnson ... Chief Ronnie
Kathryn Litton Kathryn Litton ... Timmy's Girlfriend
Tommy Habeeb ... Assistant Detective (as Tom Habeeb)


Alison follows her friends to a summer camp for cheerleaders. But she is having bad nightmares. Her boyfriend has followed her to the camp but he seems to be more interested in the other girls, girls who sooner or later are found brutally murdered. Alison starts to believe that she has a split-personality who kills them. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Competition was murder at Cheerleader Camp See more »


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Many of the extras were cheerleaders from Bakersfield High School. See more »


When Timmy records himself on the tape recorder he says, "A monster is stirring, it needs to get out, it needs relief." But when the rest of the gang watch the tape later, what he says and how he says it is different. It changes to "I hear something stirring. I think it's gonna need relief." See more »


Alison Wentworth: DO IT HARDER! DO IT HARDER!
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Alternate Versions

Despite the Anchor Bay DVD box claiming the film is uncut and uncensored, the DVD release is actually the censored "R" rated version. According to the director's commentary, the following scenes were cut to achieve an "R" rating:
  • The "dream" sex scenes were trimmed.
  • The shears killing was trimmed so that we only briefly see the shears getting rammed into the back of the girl's head.
  • Due to time restrictions, a scene near the beginning of the van breaking down was deleted.
  • Also, the ambulance attendant tells Alison to "calm down" at the end. This line was cut because according to the director, it sounded bad.
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Spoofed in Scary Movie (2000) See more »


Lyrics by Craig Piligian and Lucinda Dickey
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Blood sprayed cheerleader spirit.
5 May 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Give me a F, give me a U, give me a N. Yes… FUN. Nothing more. Nothing less. Senseless, over-the-top, but fun. Probably too much fun? In its investment for energy, it really did play up the textbook gags and fooling around for the majority of the time. Teenagers will always be teenagers --- well what else would you do at Camp Hurrah. Anyhow the straight-to-video "Cheerleader Camp" is a low-budget b-grade late 80s slasher / sex comedy item opting for numerous semi-nude shots (especially when you got the likes of Teri Weigel and Krista Pflanzer in the cast), tacky blood splatter and a very tongue-cheek-approach to its traditional material. In which case much needed, because some of the cheesy dialogues can be eye-rolling and it stars a former teen idol Leif Garrett. The style is similar to other such campy slashers within the same period; "Return to Horror High" (1987) and "Cutting Class" (1989). The plot enters in a protagonist with a traumatically stressful mind, throws around typical red herrings (memorably enjoyable character turns by George 'Buck' Flowers and Vickie Benson), suspiciously telegraphed activities, absurd occurrences (like those odd dream sequences) and a silly revelation going on to a twisted ending. Everything feels purposely blatant. Director John Quinn's execution might be lumpy, but it's breezily paced and enthusiastically captured. Also the camera-work achieves some inventive angles, especially early on. The always enviable Besty Russell heads the cult cast with Lucinda Dickey (spending a bit time in a costume), Rebecca Ferratti, Travis McKenna and a delightful Lorie Griffin.

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Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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