"If John Hughes made a horror comedy for today’s generation it would be All Cheerleaders Die!"
The new film from directors Lucky Mckee and Chris Sivertson is an entertaining little romp that will remind you of films made popular by the youth in the 80’s and 90’s. Clearly set up more for this MTV-less generation fixated with glamour and vanity All Cheerleaders Die is a nice compliment to the ever rising bro culture that exist today. All Cheerleaders Die is a hilarious movie that should do well once viewed by mainstream audiences.
The story follows Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) who feels like she must get the ultimate revenge against the cocky and insensitive star of the football team Terry (Tom Williamson). She knows the only way to do so is by stepping out of her comfort zone and teaming up with the Cheerleaders. Well after a night of partying goes foul she and the other cheerleaders have an horrible accident and are left for dead. Due to unforeseen supernatural happenings the girls are resurrected with a little more angst and hunger than before.
All Cheerleaders Die will be a very polarizing film for most critics primarily due to the directors involved. Both Mckee and Sivertson are both known to create films of a “smarter and edgier” quality but aren't we all allowed to have fun sometimes? The quality of All Cheerleaders Die is fine in regards to the look and presentation of the film but there is no true serious nature or groundbreaking concept behind the film. The Craft, Mean Girls, Urban Legend, and more all exemplify similar traits to what we see here. It’s fitting since a director like Sivertson has worked with talent involving one of those films. The original idea and video for Cheerleaders were created by the two directors back in 2001 so the project was something that was already developed while the two were making the films they are most famous for.
The cast does a decent display of capturing the feel behind the iPhone generation that this film is directed towards. We will be surprised to see how well the film does but in all honesty this has been marketed all wrong. Not that we are glued to channels like MTV all day but there was little promotion on an outlet that this film was made perfect for. If this only hits select theaters it will be travesty and missed opportunity. Similar to the remake of The Evil Dead the younger generation would eat this movie alive (no pun intended). It makes sense that this is a film surrounding the football team as this is clearly the Varsity Blues of the horror culture which could be a good or bad thing.
All Cheerleaders Die is nod to the stereotypical teenage films we come to love or hate. From the token black guy to the goth girl you can name almost any comedy, horror, or romance about teens as find similar qualities to Cheerleaders. What that says to us is no matter how well or bad the film does in the box office, there is an audience for this movie and they are looking at Instagram while we speak. It is an enjoyable affair if you take the film for what it is. Hot chicks, bro studs and some effective kills and gore allow All Cheerleaders Die to flourish. It is true that All Cheerleaders Die has set the bar high in regards to horror comedies this year as it is full of laughs and intrigue that will warrant more than one watch.
All Cheerleaders Die is now available on demand and most VOD outlets. It is directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson. It stars Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink, and Tom Williamson. All Cheerleaders Die is being distributed courtesy of RLJ/Image Entertainment and will be in theaters June 13, 2014.