Monday, June 30, 2014

All Cheerleaders Die (2013) - Review / #Horror


All Cheerleaders Die (2013) **
D: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
C: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink, Chris Petrovski, Leigh Parker, Nicholas S. Morrison, Jordan Wilson, Felisha Cooper 
Plot Synopsis: 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. 

REVIEW: In All Cheerleaders Die, we're introduced to the character of Maddy (Stasey). She's an outsider who's intent on breaking up the members of a cheerleading squad after a freak accident kills her best friend during a cheerleading routine. We watch as Maddy double crosses and manipulates the various members of the squad that she's now a part of. 

However, just when Maddy's plans start to come to fruition, she along with the rest of the members of the squad are killed in an accident after a high speed car chase involving the members of the football team. Luckily for Maddy, her former best friend, who just happens to be a witch, not only brings Maddy back to life, but the various members of the cheerleading squad as well. And just right when things should be getting really good, the film all of a sudden starts to fall apart.  

The first 50 or so minutes are fun, engaging and even a bit scathing, because the film actually takes the time to establish what's going on and to become involved with Maddy's quest for revenge. However, from that point on, the film's focus is now switched to concentrate on how Maddy and the members of the cheerleading squad are undead minions with an appetite for not only blood, but for revenge against the football players who were responsible for their deaths. 

The first 50 minutes feel like a variation on Heathers. And the last 40 minutes, feel like a spoof variation on I Spit On Your Grave, but in a high school setting. The part of the film that resembles Heathers is never really resolved. And with the other part of the film, it feels like we're thrown right into the middle of it all. It's like going to the movies, but only you're 50 minutes late for the movie. You see what's going on, but you never get the whole picture, because you've missed out on so much of what's happened. 

To break it down, All Cheerleaders Die feels like two entirely different films, competing for screen time, with neither film fully thought out or developed. The film starts out with something to say, but it never finishes it's train of thought. [Not Rated] 90 mins.

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  1. Not to forget to mention that the film just ends. Just when you think that it's getting interesting, it just finishes abruptly with the "wait for part 2". If I had gone to the cinema and paid to see it, I'd be royally p**sed. Hell, I saw it for free and I still want my money back.

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