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All Cheerleaders Die (2013)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror | 8 May 2014 (USA)
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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.

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Lucky McKee (screenplay), Chris Sivertson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Allison ... Taylor
Charon R. Arnold Charon R. Arnold ... Football Player 25 (as Charon Arnold)
Shay Astar ... Ms. Wolf
Sam Bean Sam Bean ... Moochie
Nicholas Bloom Nicholas Bloom ... Nicholas
Nadia Boceski Nadia Boceski ... Kayle
Michael Bowen ... Larry
Shane Bowen Shane Bowen ... Rock
Brooke Butler ... Tracy Bingham
Amanda Grace Benitez ... Hanna Popkin (as Amanda Grace Cooper)
Felisha Cooper ... Alexis Grace Andersen
Brandon Hampton Brandon Hampton ... Football Player
Jesse Hlubik ... Coach Bantari
Reanin Johannink ... Martha Popkin
Margarito Margarito ... Gardner
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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.

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You can't kill their spirit. See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todas as Cheerleaders Devem Morrer See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Modernciné See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lucky McKee remade this film after finding his first film of the same name went straight to video and was very hard to find. See more »

Quotes

Terry Stankus: [torturing Leena] It's a new and improved Terry. It's gonna be a hell of a season thanks to you and... you know I never got a straight answer on that. Girlfriend? Ex-girlfriend?
Maddy Killian: [clamps a bear trap on his arm] Girlfriend, bitch!
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Remake of All Cheerleaders Die (2001) See more »

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written by Guilty Simpson (as Byran Simpson), Oh No (as Mike Jackson) and James Singleton
Performed by Guilty Simpson
By arrangement with Stones Throw Records
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McKee/Siverston Show Us Their Play Side
9 September 2013 | by GregSee all my reviews

I still don't know what to make of writer/director Lucky McKee. It started strong with May (2002) which I thought was a wonderfully crafted drama/thriller that put McKee on my radar. His venture into television as director of the Masters of Horror episode titled 'Sick Girl' was OK, but didn't capture my attention as much as May. Then came The Woods (2006) and Red (2008) which were both relatively competent, but hardly memorable. The Woman (2011) was definitely memorable and made headlines for its festival showing and a paying attendee that was less than thrilled with what he saw on the big screen (YouTube it, you'll thank me).

McKee's newest project, All Cheerleaders Die, got a coveted spot amongst the 10 films picked as part of the Midnight Madness series at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it will be making its World Premiere.

The title sounds rudimentary, but the film is anything but. Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) is an outcast amongst her High School peers and she has a particular hatred for the cheerleading squad. That leads Maddy to try out for the team in an attempt to infiltrate and ultimately bring down the all too popular clique of good looking teens with great looking adult breasts. The opening scenes before the title card set up a plot device that really comes full circle by the film's final shot and the audience at the packed Bloor Cinema collectively gasped and clapped with the first fatality.

Fans of horrors films would likely yawn at such an introductory synopsis. But the movie hardly heads in directions one can foresee and before long, Maddy, school friend Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) and the whole squad of short skirt/white sneaker females are battling the opposite sex with a supernatural element under toning the struggles.

McKee and fellow director Chris Sivertson throw the proverbial kitchen sink at the audience and I can best describe All Cheerleaders Die as a movie which if the creative makers behind Heathers, Carrie, the television Charmed and Jennifer's Body all took a big dump in a blender and the resulting mixture was then baked into a soufflé would be the result.

Most of what is being cooked works. The comedy surely does with High School verbal jibes thrown at a Mean Girls pace. And the acting is definitely there to back up the promise of the script ideas. Unfortunately, the film ultimately just falls short of hitting a triple. Man, there is a lot to ingest. Witches, evil quarterbacks, zombies, walking dead, supernatural, conjuring…like we said, "the kitchen sink" I liken All Cheerleaders Die therefore to last year's Monster's Brawl. It's a lot of fun with an audience and there are some elements of originality, but if sitting in a darkened basement screening the film by one's lonesome, you might not enjoy the audience effect fun-factor that can sometimes elevate a reviewer's response.

McKee is definitely out of his downer-phase. Most of the director's earlier work was depressing and dry. But with All Cheerleaders Die, he dug deep into his inner cheerleader to bring a labor of love to the big screen (McKee and Siverston made a video All Cheerleaders Die in 2001 to launch their careers).

The ending to the film more than hints that this is just the first installment of what may be many more Cheerleaders Die films if this entry hits the market running. We are hopeful, yet skeptical. It would have been a great AMC movie, but as a theatrical release, we are not sure this effort is worth the hard earned dollars wearing away in our wallets.

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