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(aka "Return to Montclair High" or "The 18 Year Old Schoolgirls" or "Les cheeries font des ravages" or "La pornopalla" )

 

directed by Paul Glicker
USA 1973

 

The Amarosa High School cheerleading team is short one member since one of the girls got pregnant. The coach is now looking for a "cheerleader with a chastity belt" so Debbie (Brandy Woods) and Bonnie (Jovita Bush, FOX STYLE) recommend their tomboyish friend Jeannie (Stephanie Fondue). The coach and head cheerleader Claudia (Denise Dillaway) make a wager about Jeannie's maidenhead: if Jeannie remains a virgin for the rest of the season, the coach must sleep with leering janitor Novi (Raoul Hoffnung), but if Jeannie is deflowers, then Claudia must sleep with Jeannie's dull boyfriend Norman (Jonathan Jacobs). Since the rest of the girls do not know about this wager, they spend most of the film trying to get Jeannie laid (with consistently disastrous results), including shifty school stud Big Jon's (Richard Meatwhistle) - who speaks in annoying rhymes - attempt to set her up to be raped by a bear-suited Novi. Novi, also a drug dealer and gambler, conspires with Big Jon to throw Amarosa's big game against Central High School, so he sends the guys over to Jeannie's house for the cheerleader sleepover, where the unknowing girls wear the guys all out. When Claudia discovers this (she was busy getting down with Jeannie's dorky father [Jack Jonas]) for the entirety of the noisy orgy), she sends the girls racing across town in the middle of the night to wear out all of Central High's jocks. The next day, both teams are dead on their feet. When the girls discover that Central High have another player who did not show up on the roster, Jeannie steps up to the plate ("Put me in coach!") for a special operation at half-time. Is THE CHEERLEADERS well-written? No. Is THE CHEERLEADERS well-acted? Hell no! Is THE CHEERLEADERS funny? Eh, I guess. Does THE CHEERLEADERS deliver? Yep. It is shot through with a cast of largely made-up names (co-writer Ace Baandige is reportedly a pseudonym for a union writer for the non-union production) - although Clair Dia (her called Sandy Evans) worked in both softcore and hardcore films and Kimberly Hyde (here called Kim Stanton) debuted in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and later appeared in FOXY BROWN - bad acting, wall-to-wall nudity (at times, one wonders if this is an X-rated [self-applied, although a shorter R-rated version was released on home video] variant of an XXX film), and some creative set design (Novi's bachelor pad). Director Paul Glicker (RUNNING SCARED) and cinematographer Richard Lerner (who would direct REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS) jointly handle the producing, writing ("Who wants my cherry," asks a milkshake-sipping cheerleader), and editing duties, and the result is a memorable piece of cheersploitation.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: March 1973 (USA)

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DVD Review: ArrowDrome (The Cheerleaders) - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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ArrowDrome

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:18:54 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.86:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: ArrowDrome

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.86:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:28)
• 60-second radio spot for THE CHEERLEADERS/REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS double bill
• Liner Notes Booklet by Robin Bougie
• Bonus Feature: REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS (see below)

DVD Release Date: October 24th, 2011
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

ArrowDrome's single-layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer sports a lot of grain and eye-popping colors (particularly the reds) without any annoying digital manipulation. The mono track is also in good condition. The only extras are a theatrical trailer and radio spot (for a double bill of THE CHEERLEADERS and REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS).

The film was previously released in the US by Anchor Bay Entertainment in a 3-disc set with REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS, and Jack Hill's THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS. This version featured a commentary by director Paul Glicker and co-writer Ace Baandige (a still-necessary pseudonym for union writer working on a non-union picture) and some additional still galleries. The set is out of print and pricey. Arrow also released THE CHEERLEADERS and REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS under their "Arrow Films" banner back in 2009.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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(aka "Caught with their Pants Down" or "H.O.T.S. III")

 

directed by Richard Lerner
USA 1976

 

A moral crisis has hit middle-class Aloha High School (I'm guessing they're referring to pregnant cheerleader Heather [Cheryl Smith of LEMORA, A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL]) and it is in danger of being merged with working-class Lincoln Vocational (itself full of cokeheads and sedated teachers). School board president Walter Hartlander (William Bramley, WEST SIDE STORY) plans to send an inspection committee to look into the running of the school (and who could blame him, since principal Ivory [Carl Ballantine, THE SHAKIEST GUN IN THE WEST] injured himself cooking basting a turkey in his office, leaving the school in the care of sexpot Mrs. Watson [Regina Gleason, TV's DAYS OF OUR LIVES] and villainous Nurse Beam [Eddra Gale, 8 1/2's "La Saraghina"]). The cheerleaders don't help the school by shaking down their Lincoln rivals for pot, vodka, tequila, and cocaine, which they use to drug their own school's lunch menu on the day the inspection team (BLOOD ORGY OF THE SHE DEVILS' Lillian McBride, FUTUREWORLD's Bert Conroy, and KING KONG's Garry Walberg). With the Aloha-Lincoln merger more likely. Former military officer Walker (Norman Thomas Marshall) is put in charge and whips the student body into shape, which upsets Hartlander who wants to close Aloha down to make room for a multi-million dollar Park-N-Lark shopping center. He bribes Nurse Beam to sabotage Walker's efforts (she has to resort to bombing the school). When the girls learn about the development plot, they must rescue Walker before the school is bull-dozed. The follow-up to THE CHEERLEADERS (directed by Richard Lerner, co-producer/co-writer/cinematographer of the previous film), lightning doesn't strike twice with REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS. Sure, the cast is better and more experienced (including Smith using her Rainbeaux Smitch credit for roles that required nudity) - there's also the novelty value of Hasselhoff's early credit as "Boner" (which I doubt appears on his resume) - but no amount of cheesy dance numbers, car chases, and food fights can make up for the fact that REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS seems to have been tailored for a R-rating (THE CHEERLEADERS had a self-applied X, but also played in a cut-down R-rated version). The naughtiness is repeatedly downplayed in favor of the comedy. The bubble-filled shower orgy is intercut with the antics of the stoned inspection team with greater screentime afforded to the latter. Similarly, the dissolve-heavy outdoor threesome between two of the cheerleaders and a boyscout (who looks quite a bit older than the girls) is intercut with the basketball game, once again with more emphasis on the game antics. It's workable in a double- or triple-bill, but not interesting on its own.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: May 1976 (USA)

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DVD Review: ArrowDrome (The Cheerleaders) - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

Distribution

ArrowDrome

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:23:15 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.87:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: ArrowDrome

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.87:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 3:31)
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:33)
• TV Spot (4:3; 0:27)
• 2 30-second Radio Spots
• 60-second THE CHEERLEADERS/REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS double bill radio spot

Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

The single-layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer of REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS is less impressive than THE CHEERLEADERS, but the drab cinematography is at least partly to blame. The mono audio is in okay condition. Extras include a theatrical trailer, a television spot, and three radio spots (including the double-bill one heard on disc 1).

The Anchor Bay Entertainment US release of the film - in the out of print THE CHEERLEADERS COLLECTION - features some behind the scenes footage, but the commentary features two ex-cheerleaders who had nothing to do with the film's production.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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