Saturday, October 1, 2016

Cheerleader Camp (1988)

Director: John Quinn

Writers: David Lee Fein, R.L. O'Keefe

Composers: Joel Hamilton, Murielle Hamilton

Starring: Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey, Lorie Griffin, George 'Buck' Flower, Travis McKenn, Teri Weigel, Rebecca Ferratti, Vickie Benson, Jeff Prettyman, Krista Pflanzer, Craig Piligian

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Give me a K - Give me an I - Give me an L - Give me an L

Plot: A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? No.

The best thing about this movie is the awesome poster.  I was hoping this was going to be better.  I'm a sucker for 80s horror.  It's a slasher set in the woods.  It's got some nudity...

but not nearly enough (and sadly, all but one brief shot is in the first 15 minutes) but it's missing a lot more and that's kills and gore.  This is one of the lighter slasher films out there in terms of kills/gore and in tone.  Take out the deaths and it's just another average teen comedy with poor acting and gags.  Having a killer on the loose helps but it's not much of an improvement.  So where were the great kills and blood? The DVD commentary with the director and producer might shed some light but I don't like the film enough to give it another 90 minutes of my life to find out.  The movie is OK if you're looking for an 80s horror movie you haven't seen before but if you do watch it, see it with a group of friends and drink.  The Anchor Bay DVD presents the film in anamorphic widescreen and the extras you get are the aforementioned commentary track, 3 trailers for the film (two anamorphic and one fullscreen), an alternate title sequence for when it was titled BLOODY POM POMS (there's nothing but credits for this) and photos.

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