All Cheerleaders Die


This was the official website for the 2013 comedy, horror film, All Cheerleaders Die. All Cheerleaders Die centres on a quartet of high-school cheerleaders who, after a fatal confrontation with the football team, are transformed into flesh-eating demons looking to exact revenge.
Content is from the site's 2013 archived pages as well as other outside sources.

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.

 



All Cheerleaders Die Official Trailer #1 (2013
When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Maddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Mäddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller -- a loner who claims to practice the Dark Arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Mäddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape. The Movieclips Trailers channel is your destination for the hottest new trailers the second they drop. Whether it's the latest studio release, an indie horror flick, an evocative documentary, or that new RomCom you've been waiting for, the Movieclips team is here day and night to make sure all the best new movie trailers are here for you the moment they're released. In addition to being the #1 Movie Trailers Channel on YouTube, we deliver amazing and engaging original videos each week. Watch our exclusive Ultimate Trailers, Showdowns, Instant Trailer Reviews, Monthly MashUps, Movie News, and so much more to keep you in the know.

 


 


'ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE' Available on DVD & Blu-ray July 22nd/images
Posted June 30, 2014
 

mage Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, brings you All Cheerleaders Die, available on Blu-ray and DVD/images on July 22, 2014. Co-Directed and Co-Written by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (Brawler), the film stars Caitlin Stasey (CW’s “Reign”), Sianoa Smit-McPhee (Showtime’s “Hung”), Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink and Tom Williamson.

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.

 

 

Caitlin Stasey and Sianoa Smit-McPhee Talk 'ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE'
Posted June 6, 2014
 

After her childhood friend Alexis (Felisha Cooper) dies while performing a cheerleading move, the rebellious Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) is horrified when Alexis's football-playing boyfriend Terry (Tom Williamson) begins immediately dating cheerleader Tracy (Brooke Butler). As a result Maddy decides that she will join the cheerleading team, as they must now find a replacement for Alexis, with the intent to seek revenge against Terry and Tracy. She accomplishes this by making the two doubt each other's fidelity, while also seducing Tracy herself. Things take a deadly turn when a car crash results in the death of several cheerleaders, which Maddy's ex-girlfriend Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) uses to her advantage by raising the dead cheerleaders in a Pagan ritual. The cheerleaders find themselves with a new hunger for human flesh, preferably from the football players responsible for their car crash.

Cheerleaders Secures Canada Release
Posted December 26, 2013
 

So far this week we've seen a sales trailer and a new poster for Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's upcoming ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE, but there's another reason to cheer as Screen Daily is reporting that Video Services Corp (VSC) will release the recent Toronto Midnight Madness premiere next spring in Canada through its output deal with Modern Distributors.

Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson wrote and directed the high school-set comedy-horror produced by Andrew van den Houten and Robert Tonino for Modernciné. Arrien Schiltkamp is executive producer.

When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Mäddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Mäddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller - a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Mäddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape.

We reported in September that ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE had been picked up for US distribution by Image Entertainment.

Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson, Reanin Johannink, Amanda Grace Cooper, Leigh Parker, Jordan Wilson, Nicholas S. Morrison, and Chris Petrovski star in ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE, which is currently aiming for a spring 2014 release.

AFM: 'All Cheerleaders Die' Hints at Bloody Revenge
Posted November 10, 2013
 
The Hollywood Reporter here hosts an exclusive first look at the sales poster for All Cheerleaders Die, the horror thriller from directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson. The film, which was the opening night film in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto Film Festival, follows Maddy (Caitlin Stasey)...
Image Entertainment Picks Up Midnight Madness Title 'All Cheerleaders Die'
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Posted September 27, 2013
 

Image Entertainment has picked up all U.S. rights to All Cheerleaders Die, the horror comedy that kicked off the Midnight Madness section of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

A theatrical release in spring 2014 is scheduled.

Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler and Tom Williamson star in the pic, which is tonally reminiscent of Heathers and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, with a dose of lesbianism, sexiness and camp thrown in for good measure.

STORY: 'All Cheerleaders Die' Lenser Says Directors Wanted Fresh Start

Cheerleaders follows a rebellious outsider (Stasey) who joins the cheerleading squad, much to the dismay of her ex-girlfriend (Smit-McPhee), who happens to be into witchcraft. After a confrontation with the stars of the football team goes bad, the outsider and her new cheerleader friends are supernaturally thrust onto a bloody path of destruction.

Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (The Lost, I Know Who Killed Me) wrote and directed the movie, which was produced by Andrew van den Houten and Robert Tonino. Arrien Schiltkamp executive produced.

The deal was brokered by Mark Ward, Jess De Leo and Bill Bromiley from Image, Ben Weiss from Paradigm and van den Houten from Modern Distributors on behalf of the financiers of the picture.

“We think both of these filmmakers have distinct voices and see the franchise potential for this wonderfully colorful collaboration,” said Image’s Ward.

 
The Hollywood News 'All Cheerleaders Die'
Posted September 27, 2013
 
Cult film makers Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson co-write and direct this goofy piece of cheerleader-sploitation and they sure know how to drum up controversy. Sivertson is responsible for I KNOW WHO KILLED ME and things have only gotten sillier with his latest, while McKee...
 
Toronto Film Scene Reviews 'All Cheerleaders Die'
Posted September 6, 2013
 

Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) is your typical super-hot outsider at Blackfoot High, where she’s determined to bring down the ultra-cool cheerleading clique. When she tries out for the squad in order to infiltrate the school’s top social echelon, it seems like her half-baked revenge plot might just involve breaking up some romances between the cheerleading babes and their sexy counterparts on the football team. However, when things get unpleasant during a bush party and Maddy’s ex girlfriend (Sianoa Smit-McPhee), a black-clad would-be witch enters the picture, things go way more supernaturally haywire than you ever could have imagined. It would spoil some of the amazing surprises of All Cheerleaders Die to continue talking about the plot, so let’s just say this: Lucky McKee (MayThe Woods) and Chris Sivertson (I Know Who Killed Me) have done a stellar job of crafting a story that will keep you guessing, laughing and shrieking with delight throughout.

The film is actually a remake of the directors’ own little-seen 2001 film by the same name, a horror effort they shot after graduating from USC. Here, they amp up the tension, the humour and the fresh ideas to make this refreshingly clever and surprisingly hilarious film. While both directors have had successful careers on their own, this team-up has resulted in something greater than the sum of its parts – a genuinely smart horror comedy that works on all levels and manages to be pretty original.

The cast of relative unknowns (Australian lead Caitlin Stasey was in Tomorrow When The War Began, which premiered at TIFF in 2010) really give it their all as the warring teens. Cross Heathers with The Craft and then add some super fun kills and scares, and you might begin to understand the wild world of All Cheerleaders Die.

 
'All Cheerleaders Die' to Premier at Toronto International Film Festival
Posted July 30, 2013
 

Director: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson.

Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink.

Running Time: 90 minutes.

SynopsisA gang of cheerleaders embark on a supernatural path of vengeance in this wickedly ghoulish subversion of the high school movie.

From the title alone, you know what you’re going to get. This is pure, undiluted trash and it’s an utter hoot. From the roots of Roger Corman grow mighty oaks like John Waters, and ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE is a branch that leans towards dark skies, from which cheerleader outfits hang, drenched in blood.

Cult film makers Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson co-write and direct this goofy piece of cheerleader-sploitation and they sure know how to drum up controversy. Sivertson is responsible for I KNOW WHO KILLED ME and things have only gotten sillier with his latest, while McKee did THE WOMAN. Yes, that THE WOMAN. Although there is pretty full on violence here, there’s nothing that compares to his previous piece of torture-porn. ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE may upset some people with its cocktail of sex and violence, but it has its tongue firmly in its cheek and is appealing to a cine-literate crowd of genre fans; they know their fanbase and are making a film for them. It’s a completely different animal to THE WOMAN, which is a very good thing.

In order to subvert a genre, you must set up that world quickly. McKee and Sivertson nail their colours to the mast pretty swiftly by jamming as many stereotypes into the opening few minutes as they can. Bitchy cheerleaders? Check. Gothy/wiccan type/possibly a lesbian because that means ‘outsider’? Check. Douchey jocks? Check. Stoners? Check. They really put the B into ‘subtle’ when the weed wagon shows up, the doors opening to reveal clouds of smoke and coughing white kids with a shirt that says ‘Make Weed Legal’. But having established the tropes and conventions, they can twist them around and try to create something original with them. None of which can be explained without spoilers, as the plot progresses at a fair old pace.

It takes a smart writer to do something truly new with such over-used character models and situations. Joss Whedon is, of course, the king of such things, with CABIN IN THE WOODS being his latest game changer. And it could be said that ‘subverting clichés’ is now itself a cliché. These knowing, wink-wink approaches to films can only justify so much. For instance, there are countless shots of nubile ladies in bikinis. The lens follows their arses like butt cheeks are magnetic and it seems cannibalism can be sexy when the killers are in their pants. The writers/directors can excuse this blatant objectification by claiming it’s a trope of the genre and they’re using it ironically. Essentially though, you still have scantily clad, thin, buxom women for the (primarily) male gaze. Laura Mulvey would be all up in McKee’s grill.

To be fair, it’s not like the women are objectified and then disposed of, like so many horror films tend to do. Or worse, are punished for being sexually active or even just attractive. The five female principals are all well-rounded with plenty of great dialogue. The writers/directors pull a neat little trick in yanking the rug out from who you think will be the main characters and, indeed, antiheroes. Caitlin Stasey does a cracking job as Maddy, the emotional core of the film, while Reanin Johannink, Brooke Butler and Amanda Grace Cooper deserve high praise for elevating themselves above disposable teens and becoming interesting people. Tom Williamson is delicious and (importantly) believable as jock-from-Hell Terry, and the brilliantly named Sianoa Smit-McPhee takes what could be the most clichéd character of all – the gothy, outsider, lesbian Leena – and gives her substance. The Bechdel Test is passed with flying colours, with the women actually having funny lines, which is something Seth MacFarlane and the team behind THE HANGOVER could take note of.

ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE is either a feminist film, or a particular type of man’s idea of what a feminist film could be. But it certainly is schlocky, funny, violent, clever and surprisingly sexy. It is a great unwind movie if you like this sort of thing and does what it sets out to do – entertain

 



 

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Sean Tepper  Globe and Mail Top Critic | www.theglobeandmail.com
Jun 13, 2014

All Cheerleaders Die: An easily forgettable horror-comedy

Amanda Grace Cooper as Hanna Popkin, Reanin Johannink as Martha Popkin and Caitlin Stasey as Maddy Killian in the horror-comedy All Cheerleaders Die.

KYLE KAPLAN AND VANESSA MENENDEZ/IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT/RLJ ENTERTAINMENT

SEAN TEPPER

SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL

PUBLISHED JUNE 13, 2014UPDATED MAY 12, 2018

Mixing Mean Girls and Jennifer's Body with Bring it On and The Evil DeadAll Cheerleaders Die centres on a quartet of high-school cheerleaders who, after a fatal confrontation with the football team, are transformed into flesh-eating demons looking to exact revenge.

Based off their never-released, 2001 post-film-school project, Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's horror-comedy aims to parody a number of traditional genre tropes, with mixed success. While the kill-the-evil-male-athletes storyline successfully cheers female empowerment, scenes of the scantily clad cheerleaders wreaking havoc on the jocks make it unclear whether the film is effectively poking fun at the genre's sexualization of women, or feeding into it.

Tom Williamson's chilling performance as football captain Terry is effective, but it's Brooke Butler's transformation from detestable popular cheerleader to badass demoness that really steals the show.

With the B-movie vigour it gets from its expected use of blood, sex, humour and violence, along with a few clever twists, 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.

 


 

Review: 'All Cheerleaders Die' breaks the teen revenge mold

By Sarah Gopaul Sep 10, 2013 | www.digitaljournal.com

In ‘All Cheerleaders Die,’ an outcast signs up for a high school cheerleading squad to humble the school’s reigning couple, but events force her to alter her mission.

Cheerleading is one of the most competitive sports in the U.S. though it tends to be dismissed by most or overshadowed by the athletic competitions at which they perform. It’s also one of the most dangerous, resulting in two-thirds of all catastrophic injuries among women and ranking second only to American football. But high school is a hazardous playing field and hormones makes teens do crazy things. In All Cheerleaders Die, all these threats combine to make senior year more difficult to survive than ever.

A serious accident opens a spot on the cheerleading squad, but everyone is surprised when high school rebel Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) turns up at tryouts with a new look and team spirit. Except she has an ulterior motive for her newfound enthusiasm that brings about some significant conflicts within the group and seemingly irreversible consequences. However, when new lines are drawn the scales begin to shift in the ladies favour – until the football captain goes to extreme measures to make a distressing comeback.

The title is an exaggerated play on the statistics regarding cheerleading injuries, but it adopts a significantly different meaning when the battle between the squad and football players heats up. Though this probably isn't the story you're expecting. It's not about rival teams vying for attention on the field or pulling harmless pranks on their so-called teammates. There's a love connection – highlighted with cheesy romantic orchestral music – but not the traditional teen movie kind. In this case, witchcraft changes everything.

The script has a Heathers sense of humour about adolescence. Everything happening is crucial from the intense two-month relationship to the first football rally of the year. Life moves quicker and short periods of time feel like a lifetime. One character even exclaims, "But that was last week!" when confronted with a change of heart. This mindset also allows the core narrative to take place over just a few days since the teens would push through so much in that limited time.

These aren't Valley teens, but that doesn't prevent most of their conversations from being humorously vacuous and their interactions entertainingly superficial -- when they're not shiny and bloody.

All Cheerleaders Die is screening as part of the Midnight Madness programme during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which runs September 5 to 15.

Directors: Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson
Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Brooke Butler

 


 

Review: All Cheerleaders Die

5/13/14 1:47 PM | HEATHER WIXSON | dailydead.com

Based on a video project they collaborated on a number of years ago now, co-directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s All Cheerleaders Die is a pitch black comedy/horror film that takes a wickedly fun and savage look at high school and gender politics, all with a supernatural bent. If you’re a fan Heathers, Jawbreaker, or The Craft, then All Cheerleaders Die is positively a movie that’ll have you busting out our your pom-poms and spirit fingers in no time.

While the title may sound like a spoiler, don’t let that fool you for a moment; All Cheerleaders Die is anything but your typical high school/supernatural/occult mash-up, which certainly makes for a wonderfully unusual experience. Everything kicks off with resident good girl Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) deciding to go undercover as a wanna-be cheerleader so that she can humiliate her high school’s football star Terry (Tom Williamson) and the other popular kids. Her plan is that once she is accepted into their circle, she can stir things up and cause some major chaos without anyone realizing what she’s up to. Of course, Maddy’s plans go awry which is when All Cheerleaders Die takes a delightful left turn into voodoo/witchcraft territory, thereby changing and raising the stakes for both Maddy and those she originally had intended to destroy.

The biggest advantage that All Cheerleaders Die has going for it is that, while some of its DNA may feel somewhat familiar to its fellow high school-centric peers that preceded it, the story itself smacks of originality and truly kept me guessing from start to finish which isn’t an easy feat these days. McKee and Sivertson, as well as their talented cast of up-and-comers, also seem to be having a lot of fun with the material as well and when that kind of enthusiasm is evident in almost every facet of production, it adds something special. And All Cheerleaders Die has that in spades- this is probably the most fun I’ve had with a horror movie this year.

Something else about All Cheerleaders Die that really struck me was how McKee and Sivertson tackle the topic of gender politics here. In a movie that’s absolutely celebrates girl power, it was nice to see a film that didn’t treat the male counterpart characters like total idiots, which is something a lot of modern horror films are guilty of.  Don’t get me wrong, All Cheerleaders Die belongs to Maddy and her fellow cheerleaders, but Terry and his football pals are almost equally deadly, raising the tension to great heights in the film between all the characters.

Both writers also never take their story or message too seriously either, which only makes All Cheerleaders Die that much more enjoyable. McKee and Sivertson ambitiously decide to go for broke with their collaboration, continuously letting their story shift focus and tone throughout akin to something of a kitchen-sink approach. There will probably be some fans may not necessarily be able to dig all the choices both McKee and Sivertson made while helming All Cheerleaders Die , which I ultimately understand even if I don’t agree.  I personally enjoyed the hell out of it because of that feeling of not knowing just what on earth they were going to throw at me next and frankly, I’ll take ambition over playing it safe any day.

With all the makings of a future cult classic, All Cheerleaders Die is an infectiously fun, razor-sharp romp that feels right at home amongst its high school horror peers. While it may not necessarily be a wholly flawless affair, McKee and Sivertson’s ambition for the material more than makes up for any minor hiccups along the way. With the horror genre, it seems lately that there are few surprises to be had any more and somehow All Cheerleaders Die managed to throw quite a few unexpected moments of madness at me that I didn’t see coming. If you’ve been looking for a horror movie with a bit of a Bring It On meets Jennifer’s Body sensibility to it, then All Cheerleaders Die is just what you’re looking for.


 


 

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