Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977)

With all the movies that came out in the 70’s about satanic cults and sexy cheerleaders it was almost inevitable that someone would make a satanic cheerleader movie. It’s only surprising that it took so long. This movie starts out as typical cheerleader sexploitation. It’s tamer than most (I think it was originally rated “PG”!) with only brief snatches of nudity in an unusually circumspect shower scene and a lot of up-the-skirt camera shots. It certainly doesn’t hold a candle to some of the earlier cheerleader films (which border on softcore porn), but it does have the usual atrocious acting, groan-inducing jokes and sexual double-entendres, and godawful 70’s music.

It would be a waste-of-time T and A film (with precious little T or A)if not for an interesting turn halfway through where the cheerleaders’bus breaks down on the way to a game and they have a run-in with a small-town satanic cult(lead by b-movie luminaries like John Ireland,Yvonne DeCarlo, and John Carradine). Hilariously, the cult is looking for an “unsullied maiden” to sacrifice to Satan (if they’d seen one of these cheerleader movies they’d definitely look somewhere else). This satanic subplot is not the least bit scary, but it is enjoyably cheesy and the jokes start to hit more than miss. “They’re all of them witches!” one especially dumb cheerleader says, making an unintentional allusion to the granddaddy of all devil movies, “Rosemary’s Baby”. Another girl is quite indignant that the cult wants to use her as a virgin sacrifice: “I’m no maiden–I’ve been a cheerleader for three years!”.

If you’re a pervert with a cheerleader fetish you’re probably better off sticking to stronger stuff like the original “The Cheerleaders” (or a hardcore porn movie like “Debbie Does Dallas”), but if you enjoy ridiculous devil movies and/or cheesy 70’s flicks like I do, you’ll no doubt find this to be a pleasant little diversion.