Welcome to 31 Days of ’80s Horror boys and ghouls! Each day in October I’ll be posting about a horror film from the 1980s, some of which you may have heard of, others may be a little more obscure. This is the month to celebrate all things spooky so I wanted to present some films from my favorite era of the horror genre. I hope you enjoy the column and discover some new ’80s horror flicks to watch, or rewatch, whatever the case may be. I know I’ll be checking out some of these ghastly tales myself since I’ve come across a few that even I’ve never heard of! So on with the horror! On with the terror! On with the ’80s!
A group of high school girls go away to Camp Hurrah, a cheerleader camp, for the summer. One of the girls, Alison, begins having nightmares while at the camp and finds out her boyfriend has followed her to camp. But her boyfriend seems to be more interested in other girls, that is until they start showing up dead! A psycho killer is on the loose slaughtering the cheerleaders on the eve of the all-state finals. But who is the killer? And who will end up with bloody pom poms?
First and foremost, the girls in this movie (headlined by Betsy Russell and Lucinda Dickey) might be playing high school girls but the actresses are most definitely not teenagers. Hell, some of the cast consists of adult industry types like Playboy centerfold Rebecca Ferratti, Penthouse Pet Krista Pflanzer and Playboy centerfold-turned-hardcore-porn queen Teri Weigel (I will say I don’t know these facts off hand mind you, they’re printed on the back of the DVD cover). The actors in no way resemble the age they are playing and, well, that just adds to the charm (or sleaze) of Cheerleader Camp. This movie is a straight up generic B-movie slasher but it’s fun because of the gore effects, bad acting, terrible dialogue and, of course, gratuitous nudity! Oh, and did I mention that ’80s hearthrob Leif Garrett shows up? I guess the producers figured with all the boobs on display, they have to give some to the ladies.. boom.. Leif Garrett! The ladies swoon! This slasher fan favorite was also known at one point as Bloody Pom Poms and features some fun ’80s attributes, including some incredibly bad rapping and queen of bad ’80s movies Lucinda Dickey, of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo and Ninja III: The Domination fame (though sadly she does not pour V8 juice down her chest in this movie). If you like so-bad-they’re-good B-movies, I’m pretty sure you’ll find something to enjoy with Cheerleader Camp. If nothing else, you can enjoy its really fun poster. It’s one of my favorites.
How to watch Cheerleader Camp
Cheerleader Camp looks to be out of print but you can still find copies of it on DVD. New/unopened copies of the DVD don’t seem completely unreasonable price-wise but it looks like used copies are still on the cheap side. (Buy Cheerleader Camp on DVD)
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by Ben McBride
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