Bring It On meets The Craft in this hard-edged high-school horror comedy.
Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson (USA, Midnight Madness)
Thursday, September 5, 11:59 p.m.
Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard Street East)
Friday, September 6, 3 p.m.
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)
Sunday, September 15, 9:30 p.m.
Scotiabank 11 (259 Richmond Street West)
A high-school loner’s plan to infiltrate the cheerleading squad and come between the captain and his girlfriend is not all it seems in All Cheerleaders Die, a sharp teenage horror comedy with the most spoilerific title since last year’s Midnight Madness hit John Dies At The End.
Scheming Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) is clearly out for revenge, and she successfully pits the girls against the boys. But it’s only after the boys force the girls into a fatal car accident and Maddy’s supernaturally gifted ex-girlfriend Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) brings them back to life that the true reasons behind Maddy’s machinations become clear—and all hell breaks loose.
While not as slick as its inspirations (Bring It On, The Craft, a dash of I Know What You Did Last Summer), and despite the fact that it’s somewhat confusing and slow at the start, the film kicks into high gear once the first punch is thrown. All Cheerleaders Die scores a qualified touchdown, and is an auspicious start to this year’s Midnight Madness programme.