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Cheerleader Camp (1988)

A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.

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John Quinn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betsy Russell ... Alison Wentworth
Leif Garrett ... Brent Hoover
Lucinda Dickey ... Cory Foster
Lorie Griffin ... Bonnie Reed
George 'Buck' Flower ... Pop (as Buck Flower)
Travis McKenna ... Timmy Moser
Teri Weigel ... Pamela Bently
Rebecca Ferratti ... Theresa Salazar
Vickie Benson Vickie Benson ... Miss Tipton
Jeff Prettyman Jeff Prettyman ... Sheriff Poucher
Krista Pflanzer Krista Pflanzer ... Suzy
Craig Piligian Craig Piligian ... Detective
William Johnson William Johnson ... Chief Ronnie
Kathryn Litton Kathryn Litton ... Timmy's Girlfriend
Tommy Habeeb ... Assistant Detective (as Tom Habeeb)
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Storyline

Alison follows her friends to a summer camp for cheerleaders. But she is having bad nightmares. Her boyfriend has followed her to the camp but he seems to be more interested in the other girls, girls who sooner or later are found brutally murdered. Alison starts to believe that she has a split-personality who kills them. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Competition was murder at Cheerleader Camp See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheerleader Camp See more »

Filming Locations:

Bakersfield, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original title was Bloody Pompoms. (This title is still used in various orher countries such as Germany) See more »

Goofs

The lead singer in the party scene is not moving his mouth with the words in the song. He is not even holding the microphone close to his mouth through most of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Pop: That judge in the orange skirt... Make yer pee pee harder than a ten pound bag a' nickel jawbreakers, you know what I mean?
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Alternate Versions

Despite the Anchor Bay DVD box claiming the film is uncut and uncensored, the DVD release is actually the censored "R" rated version. According to the director's commentary, the following scenes were cut to achieve an "R" rating:
  • The "dream" sex scenes were trimmed.
  • The shears killing was trimmed so that we only briefly see the shears getting rammed into the back of the girl's head.
  • Due to time restrictions, a scene near the beginning of the van breaking down was deleted.
  • Also, the ambulance attendant tells Alison to "calm down" at the end. This line was cut because according to the director, it sounded bad.
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Bring it on, Cheese-leaders!
20 February 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

For once, this stereotypical 80's horror movie is not just set in a sport-crazy American high school or at a summertime camp but in.... a combination of both!! An actual cheerleader camp! Do these really exist? Anyway, this setting means there's a double portion of clichés, dumb teenager jokes and naked breasts guaranteed, so it can't be all bad, right? The opening sequence, which seems to come straight from a "Nightmare on Elm Street" sequel, gives us the false impression that "Cheerleader Camp" might be more ambitious than the usual 80's slasher, but it rapidly turns into a silly and by-the-numbers horror comedy. A group of competitive high school girls and two incredibly dumb males attend a camp where the best group (including their mascot) can win tickets for the national cheer leading contest...or something. Of course, their main concern quickly becomes surviving, as there's a vicious killer around as well. The best thing you can say about this film probably is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. The murders only occur halfway through the film because the opening is too busy playing out the fat guy pranks! Travis McKenna (who truly has a gigantic bottom) is more than just a comic relief; he "fills up" the first 40 minutes of this film with vulgar fat-guy behavior, like videotaping the girls sun bathing topless and "mooning" the entire camp through the windows of his van. There's absolutely no attempt to build up tension and the murders are delightfully cheesy. Quite gory, but certainly not unsettling and only diverting your attention from the lousy storyline. The killer's identity is so easily predictable and even the typecasting of Buck Flower as the eerie old janitor couldn't possibly make you doubt.


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