Billed as ‘an affectionate thrill ride with a blackly comic heart’, All Cheerleaders Die attempts to subvert the trappings of the high school movie into a delicious horror-comedy pot-pourri.

Directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, who actually turned out a low budget version of the same idea back in 2001, the film centres on Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), an outsider who tries out for the head cheerleader role after the bizarre and unexpected death of Blackfoot High’s chief dancer.

But Maddy has sabotage in her sights, and before long the movie indulges in a slippery slope of tragedy, vengeance, Wiccans and even the supernatural.

The flick has some pretty impressive horror credentials, with McKee having brought notable hits May and The Woman to the screen, among others.

Sivertson, on the other hand, has the likes of trashy Lindsay Lohan oddity I Know Who Killed Me in his locker.

Also starring the likes of Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Brooke Butler, All Cheerleaders Die screens at the festival on October 12 and 14.

Sadly, a trailer doesn’t seem to have surfaced yet, but here’s a video featuring the cast and crew having their say at the Toronto Film Festival last week.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.