Tuesday, August 24, 2010


The Asylum makes another foray into teen T&A comedy with #1 CHEERLEADER CAMP (2010 - I presume the "#1" is to distinguish it from the similarly named 1988 slasher film), a mindless but moderately entertaining entry in the genre.

The plot, such as it is, is simple: two guys - Andy (Seth Cassell) and Michael (Jay Gillespie) - get jobs on the maintenance staff of a summer camp for college cheer leaders. Andy is a chronic masturbator and peeping tom who desperately wants to get laid, while Michael is mistaken for gay by Sophie (Erica Duke), the girl he likes, early in the story, and has to find a way to convince her otherwise. Of course, when Sophie's squad, "The Beavers," looks like it's going to be disqualified from a big competition, Michael sees his chance to help her out and win her heart.

The DVD sleeve references both BRING IT ON and AMERICAN PIE, and #1 CHEERLEADER CAMP tries to mash those two popular franchises together into one, unrated exploitation flick. There's very little new in here, with plenty of gross-out comedy courtesy of Cassell's character, gratuitous nudity (the movie opens with topless girls on trampolines), a bitchy cameo by 80s TV starlet and Abdominizer shill Charlene Tilton (DALLAS), and an utterly predictable climax. The direction by Mark Quod is adequate, if a bit listless, and the script isn't all that funny, but most of the girls are quite lovely with seemingly natural figures, and the choreography is better than I would have expected. I also quite liked miss Duke's performance - she was quite charming in her role.

The videography, editing and other technical aspects are fine, and Chris Ridenhour's music is pretty good. I wonder if a couple more energetic bubblegum pop songs might have suited the movie better, though.

The Asylum's DVD is they're usual decent package, with a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, 5.1 Surround Sound, a "Making Of" behind-the-scenes featurette, gag reel, and trailers for other Asylum releases.

#1 CHEERLEADER CAMP isn't very good, but it's not much worse than the movies it's attempting to imitate. Watching it is relatively painless, and there is plenty of nubile flesh on display. If you're in the mood for such stuff, you could do worse.

BUY: Cheerleader Camp (Ws Ac3 Dol)