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All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

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Critic Consensus: All Cheerleaders Die sets out to subvert horror tropes, but ends up falling victim to many of the same trashy cliches it's trying to mock.

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Teenage outsider Maddy is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school's elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. After a late-night party goes awry, their plans take an unexpected turn for the worst and all of the girls die. A sinister, supernatural power intervenes and the girls mysteriously appear at school the next day with a killer new look... and some unusual new appetites.(C) Image

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Cast

Caitlin Stasey
as Mäddy Killian
Sianoa Smit-McPhee
as Leena Miller
Brooke Butler
as Tracy Bingham
Tom Williamson
as Terry Stankus
Reanin Johannink
as Martha Popkin
Amanda Grace Cooper
as Hanna Popkin
Charon Arnold
as Football Player 25
Shay Astar
as Ms. Wolf
Sam Bean
as Moochie
Felisha Cooper
as Alexis Grace Andersen
Brandon Hampton
as Football Player
Jesse Hlubik
as Coach Bantari
Margarito
as Gardener
Mike McKee
as Coach Wolf
Leigh Parker
as Manchester "Manny" Mankiewitz
Chris Petrovski
as George Shank
Jeff Sanders
as Coach Apple
Eli Vargas
as Marvin
Jordan Wilson
as Vik De Palma
Kavan Buggs
as Football Player
Tyson Hawley
as Football Player
Tanner Koonce
as Football Player
Joshua Peters
as Football Player
Sam Puefua
as Football Player
Lexis Brandts
as Bikini Girl
Natalie Castillo
as Bikini Girl
Erin Dowling
as Bikini Girl
Valerie Emanuel
as Bikini Girl
Lauren Fewer
as Cheerleader
Mark Fisher
as Cheerleader
Varonyka Lamb
as Cheerleader
Jazmine Mendez
as Cheerleader
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

All Cheerleaders Die offers everything you'd expect from a horror flick with this title, but slow, bumpy pacing and underdeveloped characters make it ultimately forgettable.

June 13, 2014 | Full Review…

With all the finesse of a bullhorn that sprays noise and blood, "All Cheerleaders Die" shows just how difficult it is to pump life into the shopworn teen horror-comedy genre.

June 12, 2014 | Full Review…

Shot with a camera as excited as a squirrel-chasing dog, "Cheerleaders" has a girls-gone-wild energy and a twisted sense of humor.

June 12, 2014 | Full Review…

While there are some effective moments early on - especially when Maddy confronts star player Terry (a suitably charming yet threatening Tom Williamson) - [the film] sinks under the weight of predictable plotting and cheap special effects.

June 12, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

All Cheerleaders Die began as a lo-fi video feature 13 years ago and weirdly, the inspirational rah-rah seemed to have stopped right there.

June 12, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This would-be cult movie looks the part, but has little going on inside.

June 12, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for All Cheerleaders Die

Rocks the "And suddenly, MAGIC!" trope I detest so. Watchable by all accounts, but absolutely zero staying power.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

½

Interesting more than good. Have liked Lucky McGee since May, so had to get this. Don't quite know what I sat and watched, but somehow not too surprised by that! Looks great for a low budget movie. Liked the cheerleaders and the goth character. Sort of works even though it's a wtf type of movie. Will probably watch this one again and see if it becomes any clearer.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

While this is a collaboration between Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, remaking their own film that the first shot right after graduating college, I've been a big fan of Lucky McKee for a long time. I thought both May and The Woman were incredibly smart horror films. Lucky has always had a good handle on how to create compelling female characters while subverting the typical usage of females in horror films. Whether that be the damsel in distress, or the sexual manipulator playing everyone to get what she wants, Lucky finds a way to avoid the typical characterization associated with females in horror movies. And this one is no different. While this movie certainly has a very unique and novel concept, I don't think that it fully reaches its own potential. Part of the problem comes in the fact the film feels the need to flaunt how clever it is. It's like a macho guy who makes fun of gays because he's insecure about his own sexuality. Same principle applies to this movie, with the exception it's insecure about its cleverness. Don't get me wrong, though, there are some really witty moments here, cool subversion of female character tropes, so it's not that this movie doesn't know what it's doing. It's just that it doesn't really feel that this approach doesn't feel really that organic, or natural. Whether that is because this was a collaboration between two filmmakers and not just a strictly Lucky McKee project remains to be seen. Just because they're both billed as the directors of the film does not mean that they both had equal input. We don't know who came up with what, so it's something we shall never know. Another issue is that the film has very obvious tonal issues. I realize that writing scripts is, sometimes, a multiple person project, but I don't know why, I get the feeling that having two people involved in the writing AND directing of the film led to these tonal issues. This is just conjecture on my part, so don't take this as fact. Sometimes it was serious, sometimes it was satirical, sometimes it was violent, but it was never all of these things at once in a consistent manner. There are some very funny moments though and the climax itself is really cool. The acting is also pretty damn good all things considered. Don't know why I say that, since Lucky McKee has had a pretty good track record with casting in his films. I realize that I came across as sort of negative on the film because of its many issues, but I genuinely did enjoy the film despite those issues. It's a fun little movie despite it not being good, in my opinion. The ending itself was great because I would very much welcome a sequel, I think it'd give Lucky and Chris a chance to improve upon this film and make a vastly superior one the next time around. I'd watch a sequel in a heartbeat. With that said, decent horror movie with lots of flaws, doesn't make the most of its premise, but it's still a decent horror movie and definitely worth a watch on Netflix, just because it's something different than the norm.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

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