Cheerleader Massacre
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Title: Cheerleader Massacre
Directed by: Jim Wynorski
Written by: Lenny Juliano
Produced by: Jason Hoffs
Music by: Dan Savio
Cinematography: Chuck Cirino
Edited by: Dean McKendrick
Distributed by: Tessa Trust
Released: March 25th, 2003
Rating: R
Running time: 81 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $60,000
Next: Cheerleader Massacre 2 (2009)

Cheerleader Massacre is an American horror movie of the slasher genre. It was directed by Jim Wynorski and written by Lenny Juliano, who also plays a role in the film. It was produced by Jason Hoffs of Tessa Trust and released directo-to-video on March 25th, 2003. A sequel film, Cheerleader Massacre 2 was released in 2009 and was directed by Brad Rushing. The plot of the film follows the traditional teen-slasher trope in that it involves a high school cheerleading squad who goes off for a weekend getaway in a cabin in the woods with some equally sexually hungry male companions, only to find themselves the victims of a mysterious psychopath.

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  • Taglines for this film include, "This is one game you don't want to miss.", "This Pep Squad has nothing to cheer about" and "Just when you thought it was safe to go back to school!".
  • This is the second film produced by Tessa Trust and it's first horror film. It is also known for producing the 1990 adventure film A Cry in the Wild.
  • This is the first horror film written by Lenny Juliano, who is primarily an actor. He has worked on several projects for director Jim Wynorski including Chopping Mall and The Bare Wench Project film series. In Cheerleader Massacre, he plays the character of Buzzy, but is credited as Lunk Johnson in the film.
  • This film is the first horror movie work for composer Dan Savio, though this name may in fact be a pseudonym for someone else. Dan Savio was also an alias used by spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone, famous for his scores on several Sergio Leone flicks such as A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
  • When the kids arrive at the cabin, Ryan remarks to check out back for a hockey mask and a lake. This is an obvious allusion to cinematic psycho-killer Jason Voorhees, whose trademarks include terrorizing Camp Crystal Lake and wearing a hockey mask. Jason first gained his infamous hockey mask in Friday the 13th Part III.

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