Wednesday, March 26

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All Cheerleaders Die

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Opening Night Film

New England Premiere!

2013, USA, 90 min.
Director Lucky McKee & Chris Sivertson
Screenwriter Lucky McKee & Chris Sivertson
CastCaitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson

A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle. 

Perhaps it seems unexpected for a pair of filmmakers who have separately made names for themselves with disturbing Jack Ketchum adaptations (Sivertson with The Lost, McKee with Red and The Woman) to team up for a cheeky high-school comedy. But a deeper look into their collective CV reveals a little-seen, zero-budget video project credited to the future directors of May and I Know Who Killed Me. With McKee and Sivertson reunited, greater than the sum of their parts, this new, improved version of All Cheerleaders Die manages to be smart, scary and wickedly funny.

When outcast Maddy secures a spot on Blackfoot High’s cheerleading squad through hilariously tragic circumstances, she uses her newfound position to gain petty revenge for the death of her BFF Lexi, whose untimely demise set the stage for Maddy’s cheerleading coup. When things inevitably go too far, resulting in circumstances even more tragic (read: higher body count), Maddy’s occult-obsessed ex Leena revives the recently deceased cheerleaders whose undead bloodlust favors the popular-kid variety.

All Cheerleaders Die is a worthy addition to the cult teen comedy canon. With a first act resembling a dark satire akin to Heathers and Mean Girls and the latter half taking on a decidedly more supernatural vibe similar toThe Craft and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this film proves more mischievous than all these titles combined, as McKee and Sivertson gleefully savage every imaginable teen movie cliché in brutal, bloody fashion.

— Kevin Monahan



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  • Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 PM

Tickets $10, $8 Brattle Members. Brattle passes not accepted for festival screenings.