For the first three movies in my Slasher marathon I picked ones that I knew I liked at least a bit. While I owned Cheerleader Camp and have watched it years ago I remembered nothing about it. I figured it was time to take a chance on something that I wasn’t sure was going to be any good. So, I dusted off, literally there was an inch of dust on it, my old Anchor Bay DVD and tossed it in the player. Let’s see what we have.
A group of teenagers in their mid to late twenties pile into a van for a cheerleading camp that leads up to a series of competitions and awards. Our group consists of four beautiful young ladies, the token fat guy comic relief, and the good-looking love interest dude. They get to camp and the good-looking guy starts hitting on another cheerleader in front of his friends. Did I mention he was the boyfriend of one of the girls on his team? Yeah so that doesn’t go over well at all. Eventually the object of his affection ends up killing herself, probably… Nah someone killed her. Anyway, after a lot of pointless talking someone decides to start killing everyone else. I can’t really blame them.
|The good kill|
|Overweight, binge drinking, sex offender. Now that is comedy!|
So, I’m sitting here writing a review for Cheerleader Camp and trying to figure out why I’m so damn mad just thinking about it. The movie is bad, but harmless. Then it hit me. I watch and review the kinds of movies that I do because most mainstream consumers ignore them. Slasher flicks especially get a bad rap for being nothing but voyeuristic nudity and gore wrapped into a ridiculous plot. If you have been reading my reviews you know that isn’t the case with a lot of them. But then a movie like Cheerleader Camp comes along and reinforces that stereotype. That annoys me because it encourages the uninformed to dismiss some really excellent movies.
I can’t recommend Cheerleader Camp. It can’t decide what kind of movie that it wants to be and ends up being neither a slasher or a comedy. I can recommend many different movies that do both better. In fact, if you need me to send me an email at the link to the right and I’ll put something together.
Next up in my Slasher marathon is April Fool’s Day
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