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Image Entertainment has picked up all U.S. rights to All Cheerleaders Die, the horror comedy that kicked off the Midnight Madness section of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
A theatrical release in spring 2014 is scheduled.
Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler and Tom Williamson star in the pic, which is tonally reminiscent of Heathers and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, with a dose of lesbianism, sexiness and camp thrown in for good measure.
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Cheerleaders follows a rebellious outsider (Stasey) who joins the cheerleading squad, much to the dismay of her ex-girlfriend (Smit-McPhee), who happens to be into witchcraft. After a confrontation with the stars of the football team goes bad, the outsider and her new cheerleader friends are supernaturally thrust onto a bloody path of destruction.
Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (The Lost, I Know Who Killed Me) wrote and directed the movie, which was produced by Andrew van den Houten and Robert Tonino. Arrien Schiltkamp executive produced.
The deal was brokered by Mark Ward, Jess De Leo and Bill Bromiley from Image, Ben Weiss from Paradigm and van den Houten from Modern Distributors on behalf of the financiers of the picture.
“We think both of these filmmakers have distinct voices and see the franchise potential for this wonderfully colorful collaboration,” said Image’s Ward.
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