With a movie like Bring It On: Cheer It On Or DieI don’t think the question is “Is it a good movie”, but rather, What kind of terrible is this movie? It turns out that’s not an easy question to answer, even though the movie’s synopsis is simple:
A cheer squad’s plan to have secret practice at a nearby abandoned school on Halloween takes a terrifying turn when their teammates start disappearing one by one. (Syfy)
Be warned that this review is full of spoilers.
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I was a diehard OG Bring it on fan as a child. I’ve probably watched it at least 20 times. At least. But it’s the only one of its many sequels that I’ve watched. I’m happy to report that the silly and campy dialogue is still going strong here.
Bring It On: Cheer It On Or Die has all the same archetypical characters you’d expect from a Bring it on sequel and a horror movie. Speaking of horror, there’s enough gore here to appeal to fans of scary movies, but the film isn’t so scary that the terror-averse wouldn’t be able to watch it. Some of the murder methods don’t make sense, which makes them LOL, which is my cup of tea when it comes to horror.
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Let’s say the title of this movie is very literal, and the climax of the movie brought me great joy. If the film had featured more battles of joy and fewer problematic optics, I would have fewer reservations about it.
… Was it necessary?
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Yes. Problematic optics. Were the killers to be two of the few black women in the entire cast? I mean really. On the one hand, the shoehorn Sapphic couple – one of whom is black – both survived, which is rare. But, since the killers had to die, that means two black women died, which is not good. Additionally, no Asian character survives. So be aware of that.
That said, Makena and Marlowe Zimmerman play their roles perfectly. I know some reviews criticized the acting, but I think the entire (super Canadian) cast does well. They deliver exactly what I want and expect from this type of film. Among the supporting roles, Alton Wilmot and Alexandra Beaton, in particular, stand out.
I would also like to shout out that the main team behind the scenes is made up of women, two of whom are women of color. Karen Lam directed Bring It On: Cheer It On Or Die. Rebekah McKendry and Dana Schwartz co-wrote the screenplay, whose story was written by Alyson Fouse. Pretty cool!
Should we watch it?
Throw it in the background of a Halloween gathering. This way you and your friends can enjoy the good parts while ignoring the slow middle and maybe glossing over the problematic stuff.
Is it a good movie? Absolutely not. Will you regret watching it for two hours on a Saturday night in October? No. East Bring It On: Cheer It On Or Die Destined to become a classic in your Halloween rotation? Probably not, but check it out this spooky season; it’s OK kind of terrible.
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Bring It On: Cheer It On Or Die premieres on Syfy Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 9 p.m. 🏅🔪
Content Warnings: Murder (one of which is death by hanging), Blood, Virgin Shame. The film is rated PG-13.
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