Director: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink
Revenge is a bitch
Maddy used to be a nerdy and unpopular girl and she spent her time filming other high school students, making own documentaries and video blogs for herself. She particularly disliked the bratty popular crowd that consisted of football players and cheerleaders.
However, when senior year starts she has transformed herself into a hot little chick that wants to become a part of the same crowd that she previously despised. She has her own reason for doing this and it will prove to become a deadly one for them all.
All Cheerleaders Die is a remake of Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertsons first low budget movie effort from back in 2001. After that one, McKee has made a name for himself within the horror genre with brilliant efforts such as May and Sick Girl (from the Masters of Horror TV show). He has also done other notable films that I haven’t seen yet like The Woods and The Woman, before now teaming back up with Sivertson to bring a new version of their first effort back to life with this remake.
This one is sort of a throwback to the 80’s where horror and comedy was mixed quite often. Here it becomes quite messy, with the story starting out as a sort of revenge flick, then it turns supernatural and in the end apeshit crazy. It takes the stereotypical high school characters and tries to have fun with them, using them in a different way than what is the norm.
It’s very fast paced and tries to go all in to make this a fun ride, but the tone of the film is very uneven and the film became less and less interesting to me the further it went. The dark humour of the film didn’t work that well for me either, which kind of ruins a film like this for you, especially since you have to buy into the supernatural elements that are introduced in the film after a while.
The actors seem to have fun with the material though and most of them do deliver good performances. Caitlin Stasey is charming and likeable as Maddy, Brooke Butler is sexy as hell and even becomes quite funny as the typical blonde bombshell Tracy and we also have the weird goth chick Leena, played by Sianoa Smit-McPhee, who is responsible for some of the darker events that start to take place in this story.
All Cheerleaders Die feels more like a film that someone would make early in their career than a film that is made by people who have already established themselves as good and experienced filmmakers. They tried to make a fun ride that I frankly was not able to keep myself on. It might be a very fun for the younger crowd, but for me I expected more from the talented filmmaker Lucky McKee.