RLJ and Image Entertainment are bringing Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s outrageous horror-comedy All Cheerleaders Die to Blu-ray and DVD This Tuesday, July 22. I dug the film (read our review here) and thought it was very entertaining despite some hiccups in the satire department. The mix of high school dramatics and the supernatural are handled really well without seeming ridiculous.
The film follows a group of attractive cheerleaders who bring in a new member of the squad, Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), who only joined to avenge the death of her former best friend. She infiltrates the squad and starts turning them against one another. Typical high school drama plays out, until tragedy strikes and the girls find themselves granted supernatural powers that help them all wreak havoc on a band of loathsome jocks. There’s a lot of fun aspects that come into play, like Wiccan stones, soul-switching, and sweet revenge.
Upon a second viewing, I want to note how great the acting is across the board. I didn’t talk about it in my review, but the filmmakers banded together a talented group of young folks to play both the cheerleaders and jocks. The head jock is played by Tom Williamson, who is filled with charm and venom. Other folks like Stasey, Brooke Butler, and Michael Bowen, they all bring their A game here. It’s rare to be able to enjoy so many teenage to early 20 actors without hating on at least a couple of them. I’ve got no complaints about the talent on display here though.
The behind the scenes feature on the Blu-ray and DVD give lots of insight on the casting and how these young actors got into their characters. That’s actually the bulk of what the 23 minute feature is made of – casting and characters. Turns out about half the cast was from Australia or New Zealand. This was purely coincidence and helped boost camaraderie on the set. Many of the actors talk about what it was like to work with McKee and Sivertston, how the two directors worked together, and other small insights. It’s a decent little doc that fans of the film will have fun checking out.
That’s the only feature on the disc, which boasts a crispy 1080p transfer (the Blu-ray I mean, naturally). Colors really pop during the daytime scenes and at night, details remain clear. The 5.1 sounds great as well, with dialogue and the soundtrack balanced nicely.
All Cheerleaders Die hits home video July 22.
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