All Cheerleaders Die (2013)


Directors Lucky McKee and Chris Siverston backtrack over their 2001 indie horror film “All Cheerleaders Die” and remakes it in to a classic rape revenge horror film where hormonal jocks get their comeuppance. Director McKee and Siverston seem to have a lot of fun with the premise, channeling the likes of “Jawbreaker,” and “Satan’s Cheerleaders” in what is one of the more creative revenge horror films I’ve seen in a while. Maddy is an aspiring journalist who begins following around her friend Alexis during her tryouts for the cheerleading team. As well she learns about Alexis’ views on politics in high school not to mention the twisted social dynamic involved with dating and being a cheerleader.

After Alexis is killed during a cheerleading stunt, Maddy returns to school horrified to see Alexis’ boyfriend dating the new head cheerleader Tracy (insanely sexy Brooke Butler) and decides to infiltrate the squad. Through this, she pulls off the tryout and embeds herself in the social structure of the squad, learning about the corruption that ensues. During a terrible incident at a lake side party, football team leader Terry runs the squad off the road and in to their watery deaths. Lucky for them, Maddy’s ex-girlfriend Leena, a practicing witch, pulls the girls out of the water, and revives them through mysterious glowing stones. The stones bring them back to life, but in order to continue functioning, the girls realize they have to feed in human flesh.

Directors McKee and Siverston have fun with the chaotic gore that ensues, as well the sheer exploitative shots that he takes of the gorgeous female cast. The narrative establishes that the young women primarily get what they want through their sex appeal, and events elevate the minute they use their flesh to acquire their newfound hunger for flesh. “All Cheerleaders Die” is an especially fun revenge flick that centers on how the group deals with their new powers and abilities individually, while also having fun with their symbioses through the magic. Directors and writers Lucky McKee and Chis Siverston are never afraid to get gruesome with the revenge, while also spotlighting some truly strong performances. The stand outs among them are Brooke Butler who is brutally gorgeous, but also delights in eating people to rejuvenate her body.

There’s also Tom Williamson who is utterly despicable as the sadistic misogynistic head of the football team who takes it upon himself to find out why the girls are back, and how to harness their powers for his own advantage. What keeps “All Cheerleaders Die” from being a complete slam dunk is that Siverston and McKee make much of the magic behind these girls completely tough to follow. If one swallows the stones and aren’t dead, do they still need to consume human flesh? Can anyone be revived with the stones? If one of them feeding allows the others to regenerate, why do they individually hunt for their own prey? In either case, “All Cheerleaders Die” is a twisted and very entertaining horror comedy with eye candy, great special effects, and excellent potential for a follow up. Siverston and McKee are usually a very competent directors, and here they just goes whole hog with a party horror film.