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Movie review: ‘All Cheerleaders Die’

All Cheerleaders Die

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Directors: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson

Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson

Rated: Unrated (violence, gore)

Running time: 90 min.

Posted 4:05pm on Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014

Low-budget filmmakers Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson have become known for making female-centric horror movies, and that continues with All Cheerleaders Die, in which a group of high-school pom-pom shakers returns from the dead to take revenge on some particularly hateful football players who treat girls (and everyone else) like objects.

The tone is somewhat Mean Girls-snarky, and while there are some effective moments early on — especially when Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), Tracy (Brooke Butler) and the rest of the squad, before their deaths, confront star player/heartthrob/jerk Terry (a suitably charming yet threatening Tom Williamson) and his team in the woods — All Cheerleaders Die sinks under the weight of predictable plotting and cheap special effects. Thanks to one of the friends (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) being a witch, the cheerleaders come back as some sort of flesh-eating vampire/zombie-like creatures with a need to feed — while still looking absolutely great in their uniforms.

Though McKee and Sivertson are wise to stay within the B-movie rule that such a film shouldn’t be more than 90 minutes, it feels longer. Viewers might want both the cheerleaders and football players to go much sooner.

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