All Cheerleaders Die

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Would-be horror comedy is just mean and awful.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Some have claimed that this movie is a satire of the way women are treated in horror films, but then it goes ahead and treats them the same way. The behavior is generally awful, and the only consequence anyone ever faces is death.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Everyone in the movie is shallow and short-sighted, with little feeling or sympathy for their fellow human beings.

Violence

Lots of brutal, gory violence. A teen football player punches and/or beats up some teen girls. One girl claims to have been raped by him. Zombies kill several men and feast on their blood (lots of fake-looking, computer-generated gore is shown). One man is bashed up against a tree, and another is stabbed. A character is caught in a bear trap. A car crash kills several characters, and blood is shown. A cheerleader is tossed in the air; her squad fails to catch her, and she falls with a crunch and dies.

Sex

A teen girl removes her top (breasts shown) and has sex with a teen boy in a bathroom. Two teens kiss in the woods and prepare to have sex; later they reveal that they did have sex, though nothing is shown. The woman taunts her former boyfriend with a list of people who brought her pleasure (he's not one of them). A woman walks from one house to another wearing nothing but white panties and a bra; the camera follows close on her behind. The girls wear sexy, plastic/leather-looking cheerleader outfits. Innuendo.

Language

"Bitch" is used frequently between the girls. Other language includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "a--hole," "d--k," "ass," 'hell," "piss," "goddamn," and "damn," plus "Jesus Christ" and "oh my God" (as exclamations). "A--hole" is written in a text. A middle finger gesture is shown.

Consumerism

Facebook is mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A minor teen character is a drug dealer and is shown smoking pot in his van with another character. In other scenes, he emerges from the van with friends as smoke billows out behind them. Teens drink beer and other alcohol at parties.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that All Cheerleaders Die is a horror-comedy involving cheerleaders, football players, and zombies. Some have called it a satire, but that's up for debate. For a so-called comedy, the violence can be brutal and includes football players punching cheerleaders in the face, beating them up, and a suggestion of rape. There's also a good deal of killing, blood, and gore. A topless teen girl has sex with a teen boy. Two teen girls kiss and have (off screen) sex, and there's plenty of sexual innuendo and sexy situations. Language is very strong, with frequent use of "bitch," plus "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y." One teen is a pot dealer and smokes pot with other teens, both onscreen and off. Teens also drink beer and other alcohol. Teen horror hounds will no doubt be drawn to the movie with its promise of humor, gore, and sexy cheerleaders, but it's extremely iffy both in terms of quality and messages.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywonder dove July 14, 2014

Just plain forgettable...

This film seemed like it would be a fun kind of story but quickly turned into something completely pointless and unmemorable. It was also a bit boring and defin... Continue reading
Adult Written bychaneloberlin. December 12, 2015
This film has fantastic representation of the LGBT community as it has openly gay and bisexual characters. However, there is a reason why it's for teenager... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 18, 2014

Umm Don't!!

See, I rated it only one star because any kid who sees this will be crawling in with their parents or scared out of their mind and can't sleep. I watched t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byamandachristine March 23, 2016

Its not too bad if your old enough

When I first saw this movie i was 12. I live for horror movie so this movie was a little tramitic. I re-watched this movie when i was almost 14. It was a little... Continue reading

What's the story?

When cheerleader Alexis (Felisha Cooper) dies during practice, her football player boyfriend, Terry (Tom Williamson), quickly moves on to another girl in the squad, Tracy (Brooke Butler). Outcast Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) was one of Alexis' childhood friends and, horrified by these events, decides to join the cheerleading squad and get revenge. She begins seducing Tracy and driving a wedge between the new lovers. Things are going according to plan when an argument at a party leads to a terrible accident. A Wiccan girl, Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee), who loves Maddy, uses a spell to give things a bizarre new supernatural twist. Will things ever be normal again?

Is it any good?

Director Lucky McKee made an auspicious horror debut with 2002's wonderful May, but he's tumbled a long way down with All Cheerleaders Die. This movie is based on McKee's early short film and is co-directed by Chris Sivertson. Some have seen this movie as a sly satire on the lowly roles of women in horror films, but at the same time, it's actually a horror movie about women occupying those same roles.

The movie makes a cursory attempt at some character arcs for its five cheerleaders, but they don't go very far. Occasionally, some awful male characters die at the women's hands, but the women never stop getting the short end of the stick. Equally disturbingly, the lead male character is totally evil, treating women violently and with contempt. On top of it all, the movie looks and sounds junky and muddled, the visual effects are below par, and the jokes land with a thud.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about All Cheerleaders Die's violence. Is it supposed to be thrilling, brutal, or both? What's the difference? What's the dividing line?

  • Is the movie scary or just gory? How does it compare to other horror movies you've seen?

  • What does the movie have to say about violence against women? Do the women get their revenge? Does it help?

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