Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cheerleader Camp - Review - @BrandonCSites

Cheerleader Camp (1988) ***
D: John Quinn
C: Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey, Lorie Griffin, George 'Buck' Flower, Travis McKenna, Vickie Benson, Teri Weigel, Rebecca Ferratti, Jeff Prettyman 

Plot Synopsis: An unknown killer is killing off the members of a small cheerleader group at a remote cheerleader training camp. 

Review: In Cheerleader Camp, various cheerleaders are offed by a killer who hides behind POV camera work. The characters that populate this film include a cheerleader who seems to have it all, but, is emotionally unstable. There's her boyfriend, the type of guy that's trying to score with everyone, but her. The team mascot who's far more talented then anyone gives her credit for. A fat sidekick who would rather be spying on naked girls then actually committing to the actual competition that these cheerleaders are supposed to be partaking in and so on and so on.

What the film gets right, is that it gives each of its characters a distinct sense of identity. The cast, for the most part, delivers in giving each of these characters a sense of personality that viewers can relate to in some way. Another thing that it gets right is that it exudes a sense of fun. There's cheerleading, sexual hijinks, characters bitching at one another, hallucinations in which a couple makes love while various animal mascots gather around screaming "Doing it! Doing It! Harder! Harder!" and even a downright mean spirited plot twist. Oh, and there's the occasional murder as well.

Yet, a film like this could never be defended in any rational way. After all, it's a film about cheerleaders being killed at a camp for cheerleaders. This isn't the type of film that you watch if you're looking for depth, meaning, nuance subtlety or anything of that nature, but let's put aside rationality for a second. 

This is the type of film that knows that the premise is goofy. Instead of shying away from the inherent goofiness of the material, the film plays up to that, throwing in one ridiculous situation after another, all in the name of entertainment. I guess the rationale in writing something like this was, if it's good for a laugh or chuckle, then it's probably good enough to keep the audience amused. Cheerleader Camp wears its B movie (or even Z grade) move aspirations like a badge of honor. It embraces what it is and so did I. [R] 89 mins.

AKA: Bloody Pom Poms

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