All Cheerleaders Die is a ‘subversive’ horror film based upon a decade-old project between the film’s directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson. Its stars are relatively unknown with the exception of an un-credited and brief cameo from Michael Bowen – who was most recently seen terrorising Jesse Pinkman and Walter White as white supremacist Uncle Jack in Vince Gilligan’s, Breaking Bad.
The film begins after the sudden death of head cheerleader, Alexis, and looking to fill that vacant spot is Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), an outsider who is keen to sabotage the cheerleading clique. It’s also implied that Maddy knew Alexis ‘intimately’ and rather predictably, she also has ‘relations’ with two other girls; hot lesbian cheerleaders exploitation box ticked!
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Anyway, soon after, Maddy undertakes her plan of action but before she can exact her revenge an incident involving Terry (Tom Williamson) – the leader of the football team – sees Maddy and several other of the cheerleaders being accidentally killed. Fortunately, Maddy’s ex, Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee), turns out to be something of a witch and using her ‘sacred stones’ she’s able to resurrect her ex-girlfriend and the other cheerleaders.
However, the cheerleaders aren’t actually alive and to survive they have to consume blood. Thus a battle ensues between cheerleaders and jocks for the domination of high school.
All Cheerleaders Die is amusing enough, it isn’t as subversive as it might like to think and arguably, it’ll be horror fanatics who get the most pleasure from it. If you’re not a fan of the genre, skip it.
All Cheerleaders Die was screened at the 57th BFI London Film Festival and its release date is TBA.