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Cheerleaders Must Die! Is a feature-length horror/comedy in the vein of the slasher films from the 80’s- it's all pom poms and blood!
Cheerleaders Must Die! Is a feature-length horror/comedy in the vein of the slasher films from the 80’s- it's all pom poms and blood!
86 backers pledged $7,781 to help bring this project to life.

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The Movie

Created by people who love and appreciate the genre, The Cheerleaders Must Die!

The Story

The Cheerleaders Must Die is a horror-slasher film that follows our heroine Tammi and the legendary Armadillo High Cheer Squad on a retreat to Shady Pines Spirit Camp, where they fall under the gaze of a mysterious, blood-thirsty killer! As the bodies pile up and the blood spills our cheer squad is forced to bear witness to what happens when the pressures put on kids to live up to past high school glories are taken to their most gory conclusion. 

"This film is a passion project for [Curtis Andersen and I]. We are determined to make a quality film worthy of the genre while having its own unique voice.  As horror fans we know there are a list of things we need to deliver on; an isolated location, creative kills, an interesting villain, but we also want to deliver on real scares by ratcheting up the tension. Our approach toward doing that  is making sure our killer's targets were characters the audience didn't want to see die and avoid the tired trope of obnoxious nubile teens awaiting a grisly demise.  We are extremely proud of the reaction the script has gotten, particularly from female readers who find our well rounded characters with developed personalities, strengths, and flaws refreshing and fun." - Zeke Pinheiro, Director


Where We're At
Most of the heavy lifting has already been done: we've assembled a great creative team, we have secured distribution from National Lampoon, and we have started to reach out to name talent - actors and actresses to help bring these characters to life.  We are still finalizing production financing and while that's being worked on we need money to keep the ball rolling.

What We Need
To keep the film on track we need money for two things 1) a casting director and 2) a story board artist. To help secure our financing we have been asked to bring talent to the table with Letters of Intent. While we have this from actress Shirly Brener and Lochlyn Munroe we need to fill out the rest of the cast.  A casting director will have the access and leverage to bring the best people to the table.
The story board artist will help our director lay out the shot plan so that we can make the most of our schedule. When this film is funded we will still be working on a shoe-string so every step we can take to save time and money is an advantage! We were able to afford story boards for one sequence, see below:

We want more of that!

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  • Hey, that's cool. I mean, I'd prefer to give you the rewards that you qualify for, but I will not make you take them. If "reward free" is how you roll then when the time comes and I ask for your contact info you just need to let me know in your reply what, if any, rewards you no longer want.

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  • You can add to your pledge! When you log in it will give you options so you can qualify for the higher dollar rewards!

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  • It is not. While the titles are similar, the stories of the two films have nothing to do with each other. But since you brought it up go buy a copy of the DVD here: http://tinyurl.com/stmdonamazon

    Watch it with the audience reaction track.

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  • We will spend it! While we are specifically looking for money to fund our artist and casting director there are lots of other things that need to get paid for like legal costs, printing, permits, make-up tests, camera tests, etc. Every cent that comes out of this campaign will be used to get the film on screen.

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  • NO! As we add the new rewards they will be provided to any one who has qualified for them at the different price points. For example, if you donanted for a "Special Thanks" credit on day 1 then you will receive all the current rewards owed including the personalized "thank you" note added later that first week and the signed photo of Curtis that was added on 8/8/11. So for early givers they will see their rewards get larger as they go!

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    We appreciate any generosity shown to us and no matter how much you are willing to pledge you will receive a thank you message from Curtis or Zeke . Not a form letter, mind you, an actual personal note to you! If we don't know you very well it will probably be short, but we do want to show our appreciation.

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    You will receive the personalized "thank you" message and an autographed photo of Curtis Andersen from such hit shows like "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "That 70's Show" & "3rd Rock From the Sun."

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    You will receive the thank you note, the autographed photo of Curtis Andersen, the "Special Thanks" credit and an autographed photo of Shirly Brener, one of the stars of the film!

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    You will receive a "Special Thanks" credit, a crew t-shirt and a DVD copy of the film.

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    You will receive a "Special Thanks" credit, a crew t-shirt, a DVD copy of the film and an Armadillo High varsity letter. This is exclusive Kickstarter ONLY memorabilia!

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    Are you a "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" fan? Have you ever wondered what it was like to be possessed by a talking cat? Then this reward is for you! Meet with me, Curtis Andersen (and probably my wife) for some one on one time. If you like I can even be in character - even though that's kind of creepy. Some extra rules on this one:
    1) No crazy people.
    2) Only 5 backers will get this reward so act fast!
    3) This is a special type of reward that will not be combined with the "One on One with Myke Michaels" unless you pledge over $500.

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    LAST MINUTE ZERO HOUR REWARD - A ONE-ON-ONE WITH LEGENDARY CHARACTER ACTOR VERNON WELLS FROM "MAD MAX" & "COMMANDO"!

    This JUST happened! Director Zeke and Producer Myke just met with him and he wanted to do whatever he could to help us make this movie! How cool is that?!?!?

    He has been very generous at allowing us to put him at a price point that is shocking reasonable, $300.00. Since this just happened we aren't entirely sure what your one-on-one time will entail - but he will be in the same room as you (or restaurant or coffee house or Chuck E. Cheese... we'll figure it out) and you'll have the opportunity to talk and stuff. As with meeting Curtis and Myke some extra rules on this one: 1) No crazy people. 2) Only 5 backers will get this reward so act fast! 3) This is a special type of reward that will not be combined with the "Date with Gordy" or "Make-Up Tutorial with Myke" unless you pledge over $500.

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    For all of you aspiring DIY filmmakers, make-up artists, or fans of really tall people with beards here's a reward that we are really excited about being able to offer - a one on one make-up tutorial with award winning make-up artist Myke "The Wolf" Michaels! Ask him questions, learn some basics, or get a handle on that effect you just can't figure out! Some extra rules on this one:
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    2) Only 5 backers will get this reward so act fast!
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    You will receive a "Special Thanks" credit, a crew t-shirt, a DVD copy of the film, an Armadillo High varsity letter, a signed movie poster for the film and an invitation to the premiere!

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    You will receive a "Special Thanks" credit, a crew t-shirt, a DVD copy of the film, an Armadillo High varsity letter, a signed movie poster for the film. an invitation to the premiere and a Co-Executive Producer credit on the film!

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    You will receive a "Special Thanks" credit, a crew t-shirt, a DVD copy of the film, an Armadillo High varsity letter, a signed movie poster for the film. an invitation to the premiere, a Co-Executive Producer credit on the film and we will re-name one of the speaking characters in the film after you!

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