Satan's Cheerleaders

1977

Comedy / Horror

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 31%
IMDb Rating 4.1 10 1045

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Director

Cast

Jack Kruschen as William 'Billy' Brooks - the custodian
John Ireland as The Sheriff
John Carradine as The Bum
720p.BLU
849.4 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
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Reviewed by manuel-pestalozzi 6 / 10

Generation conflict plus two not so fierce dogs

It's been a long time since I laughed so hard while watching a movie. The first thirty minutes are unbearable (boring teenagers fooling around on the beach) but then it gets interesting. The janitor of the high school is so frustrated with the unruly kids that he joins some Satanists. What's more, he lusts after a girl who could well be his granddaughter, and he expects that his new affiliation opens new perspectives in that field.

The janitor has to drive the cheerleaders and their coach to a road game. Of course, he takes the wrong road leading to a kind of an open air altar in the undergrowth. His attempt to „freeze" his passengers and then get at the cheerleader who is the object of his lust fails miserably. The cheerleaders escape, leaving the janitor for dead. They ask a bum for directions and end up in the house of the nearest country sheriff and his wife. Little do they know ...

I always suspect that this kind of American movie has the purpose to assuage a natural hunger for myths and fairy tales of which the USA has not its own „national treasure" like more ancient nations. As a matter of fact, Satan's Cheerleaders is structured like a traditional fairy story. The cheerleaders are Red Riding Hood, the Satanists are the Big Bad Wolf. It's clearly a conflict between old and young. The old actually get a pretty rough deal here whereas the young come through as pretty – and above all: clean – yet bland, uninspired and with an utter lack of any imagination. Interesting is the cheerleader's coach, an infantile, good hearted, innocent and disarmingly helpless woman who in a weird way represents eternal youth. It is actually quite a well played and interesting part.

The old actors rule supreme. This is probably not surprising as they are experienced pros with distinguished careers. The longer I watch movies the more I admire those actors like John Carradine (who plays the bum) who are not choosy about the parts they accept and deliver a good performance whatever the circumstances. Yvonne de Carlo gets the most laughs. The teenagers make her desperate and she starts praying to Satan for their annihilation. The prayer she repeats all over starts with „howdy" – so at least I know now how to address the devil, should the occasion arise.

The sheriff's two dogs are a major asset (there is also the cameo of a goat without consequence). They are called Diablo and Lucifer and should be fierce, but they are not. The biggest convulsions I had to suffer from came as Yvonne de Carlo runs up to them, unexpectedly leans forward and gasps „kill". The nearest dog instinctively draws his head back, disapprovingly raising an eyebrow. A cartoonist couldn't have done it better!

I suppose Satan's cheerleaders will never make it into the Library of Congress. But maybe it should.

Reviewed by lthseldy1 8 / 10

I loved it!!!!

I remember seeing this movie way back in the 80's and I finally found it. This movie is about a group of teenagers that get kidnapped by a bunch of Satanist that are the local townspeople and soon become the product of a sacafice. One of the cheerleaders possesses a certain power and send mixed messages to the high priestess determined to get rid of her. A big chase goes on when the cheerleaders escape and the rest is worth watching. It's not a big blockbuster, but it's fun to watch on one of those rainy days eating popcorn and sodas. To me..... it's a classic. I miss ol'e Yvonne DeCarlo she always had a way with making a horror worth watching.

Reviewed by mcassatt 10 / 10

A new high for low budget cinema

My friends and I consider ourselves experts in the genre of low budget horror. We've seen a lot of these films, some are as terrible as we expected and some are mindnumbingly awesome. Satan's Cheerleaders is definitely one of the latter. The action never stops from start to finish, the story seems to be made up on the spot, the acting is endearingly awful, and the characters are as stereotypical as they come. Special effects? Magnificent. If you like movies that are so bad they're incredible do yourself a favor and find a copy of Satan's Cheerleaders.

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