The self-aware slasher was popularized back in 1996 by Wes Craven’s witty genre-parody Scream, and horror filmmakers haven’t looked back since. Over the past couple decades, the subgenre has been mutated and reshaped to death, from Drew Goddard’s delightfully-meta, trope-loaded Cabin in the Woods to X, Ti West’s clever commentary on the act of slasher-filmmaking itself.
Bring It On: Cheer or Die, the seventh installment in the cheerleader-centered franchise, tries its best to follow suit—and with good reason. Cheerleaders occupy a special place in the slasher genre. From Cheerleader Camp to Spirit Camp and All Cheerleaders Die, filmmakers and audiences alike have decided that, as perfect distillations of the vapid, sexy blondes typically the first to get picked off by blood-crazed killers, cheerleaders are the perfect slasher victim.
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