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Opens June 13
“…there’s plenty of fun to be had with this cheekily reverential horror”- Patrick Gamble, CineVue
“Funny in its satire, inventive in its horror, and devilishly satisfying in its theme, there ain’t nothing like it, as they say, and that makes it a very special bit of horror cinema” Mike McGranaghan , Aisle Seat
“a genuinely smart horror comedy” – Toronto Film Scene
Before there was The Woman, and before The Lost, directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson made a backyard high school zombie movie in 2001 called All Cheerleaders Die, a post-USC film school project that was shot on video and never received a wide release. Now, more than 10 years later, the duo has reimagined the story through their more-experienced eyes and turned it into a relentlessly thrilling and highly ambitious production. Produced by Andrew van den Houten and Robert Tonino for Modernciné, this is Chris Sivertson’s first project with the company and Lucky McKee’s second film with the team, the first being last year’s thriller The Woman. This reimagining will have a similar plot to the original Cheerleaders film but, as you will soon read, the stakes have been raised along with the production budget. The film debuted as the opening film of Midnight Madness at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Shot from a completely new script that was written in 2012, All Cheerleaders Die features stunning turns from a sizzling young ensemble that includes Caitlin Stasey (CW’s “Reign”, Tomorrow When the War Began) as the offbeat heroine Mäddy Killian, Sianoa Smit-McPhee (HBO’s “Hung”) as Leena Miller, Mäddy’s childhood friend who is now a sorceress, and the cheerleaders Brooke Butler as Tracy Bingham, Amanda Grace Cooper as Hanna Popkin, Reanin Johannink as Martha Popkin and Felisha Cooper as Alexis Andersen. Rounded out by a supporting cast that includes newcomer Tom Williamson as Terry Stankus, the alpha-male on the football squad, Chris Petrovski as his friend George Shank, Leigh Parker as Manchester “Manny” Mankiewitz, Jordan Wilson as Vik De Palma and Nicholas S. Morrison as Ben,delivers a scary supernatural thrill ride that also offers some dark and twisted laughs along the way.
All Cheerleaders Die is a cross pollination of teen horror, sex comedies, action, non-ironic romance and straight up fantasy. We feel this mixture of tones and emotions encapsulates what it’s like to be a teenager in the modern world what with the barrage of media, information, and an overload of instant communication. The film is designed to keep your ass in the seat and munching that popcorn. It’s designed to make you laugh, cringe, scream, and cry. Sometimes all at once.”
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