Saturday, November 28, 2015

Come and Huddle With The Cheerleaders

Director: Paul Glickler

Cast: Stephanie Fondue, Denise Dillaway, Jovita Bush, Brandy Woods

Code Red DVD / All Region / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / English mono / 82 minutes

EXTRAS: Commentary with Paul Glickler and Ace Baandige


If I was going to write a sexploitation film of any kind (in this case a comedy) one of the first plot devices I would think of would be cheerleaders. Through high school and college, cheerleaders were the center of most teenage boy's fantasies. They were real girls who you saw everyday while also being the sexual goddesses of your school once they donned that tight top and short, pleated skirt. I guess that's what Paul Glickler had in mind when he wrote and directed 1973's The Cheerleaders. His completely goofy and nearly pornographic sex comedy would also spawn two official sequels; The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974,  dir. Jack Hill), Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976, dir. Richard Lerner) and some would say the Cheerleaders Wild Weekend (1979, dir. Jeff Werner) aka The Great American Girl Robbery would be a good fourth to the series. Glickler directed two other films; another sexploitation flick called Hot Circuit in 1971 and probably his best known movie, Running Scared (1980) starring relative newcomers Ken Wahl and Judge Reinhold.

The Cheerleaders doesn't even try to hide what it is from the get-go—an extremely adult sex comedy that emphasizes the "sex". The story focuses on young, virginal Jeannie who wants to join the Amoroso (an Italian word meaning "in a loving or tender manner"... HA!) High cheerleading squad. The captain of the squad wants her on the team because the rest of the girls are a bunch of sex-crazed lunatics and get distracted. At tryouts the obviously lesbian coach and El Capitan disagree that she will STAY a virgin up until the "Big Game" so they make a wager, the loser has to fuck the disgusting janitor of the school. Across campus, John, the "Mr. Fixit" for the students and said janitor also make plans to bet on and sabotage the game and make lots of money in the process. Of course hijinks ensue. The cheerleaders fuck their own team the night before the game, zapping their energy and to even the score, they track down the opposing team to fuck the energy out of them. The "climax" is a football game that has to be seen to be believed.

I can't believe I waited so long to finally see this movie. It may be that I didn't want to spend ridiculous amounts of money on the long out-of-print Anchor Bay "The Cheerleaders Collection" which includes the first three movies. From the opening seconds pre-credits, Glickler sets the tone of the movie; young sex. A high school football game focusing on the cheerleader's ass-ets and post-game locker room nudity. From there it just gets sexier and really zany. The cheerleading squad in The Cheerleaders is what every boy and young man dreams they are in real life; sex-crazed nymphos who will literally fuck just about anyone. They jump on teachers, coaches, friend's dads, bus drivers and of course fellow students. They are insatiable! If you add it up, I would bet that at LEAST 35-50% of the scenes include nudity and/or sex and that goes up to 80% if you include sex jokes and double entendres. There isn't only one-on-one fucking going on here, there are more than one orgy scene. With the amount of sex on display here, The Cheerleaders could have easily been an X-rated porn had it only included penetration.

When this was originally released it got an R-rating but the theater cut had to be highly edited because there is no fucking way that anything near this "uncut" edition on the new Code Red got anything other than an adult rating or none at all. This new widescreen restoration looks great. The movie still looks very natural and keeps the '70s film-like appearance while being very clean with very little scratches or noticeable damage. I'm really glad Code Red put this out or I may have never seen this classic sexploitation comedy. But since they did, I now want the sequels! More Cheerleaders, please!

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