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All Cheerleaders Die is a 2013 Comedy Horror film written and directed by Lucky McKee (the man behind May, The Woman and the Masters of Horror episode "Sick Girl") and Chris Sivertson (who directed I Know Who Killed Me). The plot follows a girl named Maddy who joins the cheerleading squad following the death of her friend and former captain in a freak accident. When she and the other girls are killed in a car accident unintentionally caused by football players, they are resurrected as zombie cannibal succubi.

This film is actually a remake of a film McKee and Sivertson both shot back in 2001.


This film has examples of the following tropes:

  • Alpha Bitch: Alexis definitely qualifies as this before she dies in the opening scene. She's replaced by Tracy.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Tracy seems to be bi, as she's been with Terry in the past but later is attracted to Maddy (they also have sex). Her sexual orientation is not discussed in the film however.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Martha's younger sister Hanna (who dresses as the school mascot) is ironically looked at as this by everyone except her sister.
  • Ax-Crazy: Terry was already a psychopath with homicidal tendencies but initially of the stoic and cool kind. Once he gains the stones' power he becomes truly bloody insane.
  • Bear Trap: Terry digs a pit trap in the cemetery and lines it with bear traps as part of his plan to destroy the cheerleaders. It winds up killing Tracy when a bear trap closes on her head.
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  • Betty and Veronica: Tracy and Leena are this for Maddy's Archie, although it's debatable as to who is the Betty and who is the Veronica. Tracy's status as the Lovable Alpha Bitch and her relationship with Maddy being relatively recent, along with Leena's low social status and deep history with Maddy paint them as, respectively, the Veronica and the Betty. It's complicated, though, by the fact that Maddy was at least initially using Tracy to anger Terry, whereas Tracy had been genuine in her feelings for Maddy and with Leena being a bit of a Stalker with a Crush towards Maddy.
  • Brick Joke: When picking Maddy up for the party, Tracy makes a snide comment to Leena (who had been talking to Maddy) about her self-made clothes. Later, when the cheerleaders wake up in Leena’s room after she resurrects them, Tracy is the only one who isn’t wearing one of Leena’s clothes, instead left in her bra and underwear.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Terry cutting the stones out of the cheerleaders (or attempting to) is played similarly to sexual violence and violation. In particular, the scene where Maddy confides in Leena that Terry had raped her shortly after Lexi’s death, the flashbacks of this event (and Maddy’s description of it) are interplayed with Terry’s first kill, Hanna in Martha’s body with some of Maddy’s narration matching what’s happening.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male and Double Standard: Rape, Female on Female: Hanna has sex with Manny while in Martha's body, effectively raping both Manny and Martha, but the movie doesn't seem to realize this. Martha is appropriately pissed off when she learns of it, but the movie never address it as rape.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Terry after swallowing the magic stones and obviously taking pleasure in his new power shows his inner haminess in strong contrast with the cold-blooded and almost emotionless sociopath he was before.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: When Leena resurrected the girls, she inadvertently swapped Hannah and Martha's bodies with each other.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Inverted in-universe. Terry does not take Tracy hooking up with Maddy very well at all.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Maddy is apparently an excellent lover, Terry is a sociopath and a terrible one.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Leena uses her magic bring Maddy and the other cheerleaders back from the dead. She succeeds, but they return as zombie cannibal succubi.
  • Horny Devils: Played with. After initially seducing him into letting his guard down enough for her to pierce his skin, Tracy seems to Mind Control Leena’s neighbor Larry into staying still so that she and the other zombie cheerleaders can feed off of him, and it’s during her Psychic Link orgasm that her stone is driven through Ben’s skull and allows her to absorb his blood.
  • Horror Hunger: The resurrected cheerleaders can only feed on human blood (and are implied to also be draining their souls) and it quickly becomes apart that they need a lot of it.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: All the main characters experience this when Hanna (in Martha's body) orgasms, because of their Psychic Link.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Vik has a crush on Maddy, apparently unaware that she is a lesbian.
  • Jerk Jock: All of the football players, with the exception of Vik, but especially Terry. Unfortunately that's not even the worst of him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After Lexi’s death, Maddy wanted to make a memorial film for her, inviting Terry to be a part of it, noting that despite always seeing him as an asshole, he acted like a boyfriend in mourning and attempted to console him. Then he raped her.
  • Justified Title: By the end of the film, all of the cheerleaders are killed by Terry. Maddy doesn't count as she was merely infiltrating the group as part of her revenge on him and was never really one of them to begin with.
    • Though there are multiple cheerleaders who aren't main characters that presumably survive.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Martha is this for Hanna.
  • Large Ham: Terry after eating the crystals.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Maddy and Leena both wear makeup and feminine clothing, with Maddy especially being indistinguishable from the other cheerleaders in her style. Played with, though, in that Leena is more of a Perky Goth and that Maddy is implied to have been closer to a Butch Lesbian before changing her look to join the cheer squad.
  • Make Way for the Princess: Done by Leena and the newly undead cheerleaders on the first day of school. Featuring stunned reactions from the bystanders, and done in slow motion to catch every swish of the cheerleaders' hips.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Hanna, in Martha's body, has sex with Manny in the disabled bathroom, angering a student in a wheelchair who is pounding on the door wanting to get in.
  • Male Gaze: Lots of (often slow motion) shots of the female cast’s bodies- in particular, during the pool party- some of which is explicitly from Terry’s point of view.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: The cheerleaders are resurrected by Leena's Wiccan magic stones as cannibalistic succubi.
  • Pool Scene: The cheerleaders' traditional annual pool party, with all of the cheerleaders in bikinis. It is here that Maddy plants the first seeds to break up Tracy and Terry.
  • Psychic Link: The girls and Leena all become psychically linked after they're resurrected, able to sense when the others are having sex or feeding.
  • Rape as Backstory: Unknown to any of the others, Terry secretly raped Maddy when she attempted to console him after Alexis' death, leading to her hatred of him and plot to ruin his life.
  • The Remake: Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson shot the original film back in 2001 immediately after graduating from college.
  • Sequel Hook: The film ends with Alexis rising from her grave.
  • Showing Off the New Body: When Hannah finds herself in Martha's body, it isn't long before she starts flaunting her form in a way that the conservative Martha never did.
  • The Sociopath: Terry is guilty of a laundry list of horrific acts, ranging from raping Maddy and punching Tracy in the face for criticizing his sexual prowess to running the girls off the road and letting them drown while unconscious. Although he did seem just as shocked as everyone else and he clearly didn't mean to kill them, he still showed no remorse about leaving them to die and saving his own skin. He gets worse after he starts eating Leena's magically charged crystals.
  • The Stinger: The film ends with Alexis being resurrected by one of Leena's crystals. The film then cuts to the title card, which reveals that the film is part one in a series and that there will be a sequel.
  • Teeny Weenie: Discussed and defied. Tracy tells Terry using this against him would be too cliche. He isn't big, but ultimately the problem isn't the size but that he doesn't know what to do with it.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Leena names her new kitten 'Princess Madeline' after her crush. Maddy is less than impressed (and more than a little squicked out) by this turn of events. Even Leena admits its pathetic.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Terry has no problem punching Tracy in the face after she taunts him about the size of his penis and her hooking up with Maddy. And after he finds out how the girls were resurrected, he shows no qualms with cutting the Wiccan stones right out of them, effectively re-killing them.


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