All Cheerleaders Die
RLJ / Entertainment – 2014
Directed & Written by
Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
Amanda Grace Cooper
If you took The Craft, Heathers and Bring It On and mixed them in a blender, the cinematic concoction would turn out to be All Cheerleaders Die.
A teenager outsider Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) holds dark secrets and a vicious grudge against the captain of the Black foot High football team. Maddy infiltrates the elite cheerleader squad and convinces her new pals to extract revenge. When a party spins out of control, all the girls die. But not so fast. Leena Miller (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) uses supernatural power to bring the girls back, as she has a mad crush on Maddy, but the problem is the girls aren’t the same.
If you are tired of all the remake/reboot/sequel monotony Hollywood is releasing, veer off the beaten path and watch this bloody, sexy, comedy.
All the usual characters you’ve come to expect in a high school movie is realized by a terrific cast of fresh faces. Caitlin Stasey performs a nice balance between being likable and then transforming into a sexy spunky vigilante of sorts.
There’s a scene with Brooke Butler walking across a street you won’t soon forget. Sianoa Smit-McPhee brings a similar quality that Fairuza Balk captured in The Craft.
I give quite a bit of credit to co-directors / co-writers Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson. They certainly understand the different genres they combine and their approach is meant to be taken both seriously and designed to make you laugh at the same time. This is not an easy feat to accomplish but they have created a movie that walks the fine line dipping into both sides without hurting the movie or losing the overall focus of the story. The movie plays at times like what you’d expect conventional high school movie (slow motion photography on the babes & jocks) but then they turn and twist it to their gleeful, irreverent desire.
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I definitely recommend seeing All Cheerleaders Die in any visual platform available to you. The movie opened in theaters on June 13th.