Hitting DVD and Blu-Ray today is this entertaining romp that is bound to become a cult classic, All Cheerleaders Die. The opening night feature for the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) Midnight Madness, I was a little unsure about this one, but thought I’d give it a shot.
I was happily surprised. What could have been a gore-filled romp through high school clichés ends up being a blood-filled ride alongside some actual characters, who while seemingly stereotypical at first glance all have fully realized characters behind them.
The film centers on Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), a student at a California high school who, when events occur, decides to join the cheerleading team and she has an agenda.
Along the way, we meet a slew of other characters, there’s Maddy’s ex-girlfriend, and Wiccan, Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee), the blonde head cheerleader, Tracy (Brooke Butler), who’s dating the captain of the football team, Terry (Tom Williamson), as well as the rest of the football team and cheerleaders.
Within this microcosm of society, where everyone is beautiful and popular, there is an ugly side, and through manipulation, lust and betrayals, everything seems well on its way to coming apart. Things get really dark when Maddy, Tracy, Hanna (Amanda Grace Cooper) and Martha (Reanin Johannink) meet an untimely end.
But that’s not going to keep these girls down.
Brought back to life, with the need to feed on blood to keep them alive, the girls set out on a plan of all-out revenge, but when secrets they’ve kept from one another begin to tear their undead lives apart, will anyone survive to actually cheer?
What McKee and Silverston have created with this funny, bloody, and engaging film is made a genre-bending look at high-school, and while we don’t spend tons of time learning about the world these characters inhabit, it’s one we recognize, and if the mood takes you, you’re quite willing to settle in for this engaging romp.
Yes, it’s gory, yes, sometimes it goes for the low-brow joke, but there’s a lot going on here and it hides itself really well behind the pretense of just another horror comedy.
I honestly didn’t think I would laugh as much, and enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. There are a lot of great moments, both laugh out loud ones, and bloody ones, and it all just works. I don’t want to give away the ending, but I hope that what I saw means that there will be another one coming, because, I would definitely want to see what McKee and Silverston come up with next.
So if you’re lacking something to watch, and are all for a bit of supernatural high school comedy, this one could very well be up your alley, and its available today!
Take a look at let me know what you think.