Bring It On: Cheer or Die (2022)
October 25, 2022 7:49 AM - Subscribe

When a cheer squad practices their routines on Halloween weekend in an abandoned school, they are picked off one by one by an unknown killer. The 20 year old cheerleading franchise returns... this time as a slasher, written by Rebekah McKendry (Glorious) and Dana Schwartz (positively delightful on Twitter).

Directed by Karen Lam.

20% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US via the USA network. Also available for digital rental. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total)
Well this is the next double feature I'm running for my Gen-Z horror movie fan friend.
posted by restless_nomad at 7:52 AM on October 25, 2022

The reviews on this one are pretty savage, and reportedly it's pretty cheap-looking. But if McKendry co-wrote it, it's just about guaranteed to have some fun to it, and while I'm hardly expecting it to be good, I intend to enjoy it as prime background fare.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:54 AM on October 25, 2022

Probably won't see it, but that is one amazing pivot.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:36 AM on October 25, 2022 [2 favorites]

I love this idea, even if apparently the movie is...bad. Maybe they should have leaned into it and actually recast/remade the original, now as a slasher movie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-style.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 9:07 AM on October 25, 2022

This was getting positively annihilated on Twitter, but I didn't think it was nearly as bad as some of the reviewers were making it out to be. It's extremely tame, although that may be because there's an unrated cut waiting for release. Syfy had a similar strategy for their recent Slumber Party Massacre remake (which I loved), so I'll be curious to see if there's a version with more blood. It probably won't help much here, but it can't hurt. This is mostly just a bog standard slasher with a few funny lines from a bunch of almost entirely faceless characters.

I do get the disappointment that the cheerleading aspect isn't really incorporated into the horror action much. There are only a couple of moments where that happens and they're awkwardly staged, so the idea is certainly better than the execution. Also somewhat frustrating is the end credits, which run along footage of a ton of people practicing cheers and dance routines that look like they didn't end up in the movie. Or if they did, we only see tiny bits of them. Feels kind of like a taunt: "Imagine how much fun this movie would have been!"
posted by tomorrowromance at 12:21 PM on October 25, 2022

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