Intriguing Concept Doesn’t Follow Through

Released in 2000, Bring it on helped define teen movies for a generation and led a legion of high schoolers to sign up for their own cheerleading squads. The film tells a classic underdog story in which a dedicated team of cheerleaders works hard until they’re rewarded with the championship, defeating their mean rivals in the process. In addition, the teen drama was seen everywhere Bring it on made it a staple of slumber parties in the early 2000s. It’s not hard to understand the enduring appeal of Bring it on because we all need a feel-good story from time to time. However, the franchise has grown so stale over the years that it got lost in the direct-to-video wasteland.


The poor state of the franchise makes the concept stand out Bring it on: cheer or die so tempting. By shifting the focus from teen drama to horror, the franchise can finally offer something new to fans. In addition, there is the weird suggestion to make a horror film that still feels at home in the world Bring it on The universe is curious enough to spark curiosity even in people who have ignored the franchise in the first place. Unfortunately, despite some inspired creative choices, cheer or die crumbles under the weight of his PG-13 rating while also not embracing the campy nature of his story. A funny horror movie is hidden inside cheer or diebut at the end of its 90-minute run, the surprising thing Bring it on Sequel just feels like a huge missed opportunity.

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credit where credit is due, cheer or die starts off strong, with a well-choreographed cheerleading presentation that takes its place in the Bring it on Franchise followed by a murder underlining that this is a horror film. For his first act cheer or die also seems aware of how absurd his story really is, and lets the cast have fun playing one-dimensional characters that are obvious parodies of high school stereotypes. Finally, the first few times the masked killer attacks are full of originality. Yes, there are unique kills cheer or die, even for slasher veterans. And they would all look amazing if the PG-13 rating didn’t dumb the movie down.

While the PG-13 rating allows for this cheer or die To appeal to the franchise’s main target group, teenagers, the lack of gore often interrupts the immersion. The film suggests gruesome deaths are happening all over an abandoned school – a new scenario that gives the masked killer some new tools to play around with. However, since the bodies don’t show too many signs of violence and the key moments of each murder happen outside of the frame, we can’t help but feel the emotion cheer or die hides the best it has to offer. A movie doesn’t have to be gory to be funny or scary. Still, without explicit kills or high emotional stakes, a slasher is doomed to disappear into a crowded market. Which brings us to the next big problem cheer or die: It is impossible to take care of the cast.

While cheer or die presents his team of cheerleaders as easy targets for a deranged killer, yet the film manages to hold together as casual fun. There’s just no way you can take seriously a group of cheerleaders using their gymnastic skills to evade a masked killer, albeit cheer or die continued to focus on the comedy of the situation that Bring it on Continuation could be amusing. But unfortunately, there comes a point where all the cards are on the table, and the film changes tone to a supposedly tense game of cat-and-mouse, in which past trauma resurfaces and the main characters must confront their fears to break the tragedy to overcome. The attempt to steer the boat on any dramatic course comes too late, and what’s worse, it spoils a perfectly fine comedic plot. cheer or die still wants its fair share of teen drama, but it encourages character growth in a movie that’s just too silly. This could have been a strength, but a lack of commitment to the joke turns it into a weakness.

cheer or die at least deserves the credit for trying something new with a nearly dead franchise, especially when it suggests deviating so much from the previous films. Unfortunately for a horror version of Bring it on To work, it would have to accept that campiness is a powerful tool, rather than trying to hide it in the middle of the story. How it is, cheer or die just isn’t funny, scary or moving enough. Let’s just hope they repeat this fascinating experiment in the future, but this time with a dark comedy focus cheer or die could have been.

Valuation: D

SYFY premieres Bring it on: cheer or die on Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the trailer of the film below: Intriguing Concept Doesn’t Follow Through

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