THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS REVIEWED
“The Swinging Cheerleaders” is not my favorite Cheerleaders movie. But, it’s the one that actually has a plot. Most of that is attributed to the AIP education of Jack Hill and his desires to keep making films about kickass women. This time, the women show off their skimpy underwear and more from time-to-time. While never trying to push the envelop in terms of content, it offers up a great mild college comedy. Fun fact: this is the movie name-checked in “The Thin Blue Line”. That’s something for the true crime fans out there.
What’s there to love about this one? Well, Colleen Camp gets plenty of screen time and stakes her claims as a Jack Hill heroine. It’s just that she’s doing it post “Coffy” and her role feels kinda lame by comparison. If you want to see the Cheerleaders flick with the real gratuitous nudity and barely there plot, I’d recommend checking out the original. The third Cheerleaders movie is awful, but it does sport a cameo by David Hasselhoff. Hopefully, this is the beginning of Arrow bringing these Anchor Bay era deep cuts to Blu-Ray. It would sure help me retire some old discs.
- TV Spots
- 1.66:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 1.0 mono
RELEASE DATE: 7/5/16
The Plot Thus Far
Jack Hill spent the seventies specialising in tough female characters. He made movies about girl gangs (Switchblade Sisters) and women in prison (The Big Doll House, The Big Bird Cage), turned Pam Grier a star with Coffy and Foxy Brown, and contributed to the Cheerleaders line of drive-in favourites with The Swinging Cheerleaders. Kate, an undergraduate at Mesa University, goes undercover as a cheerleader for her college newspaper in order to expose ‘female exploitation in contemporary society’. But instead of oppression she finds love, friendship and a bigger fish to fry: corruption in the football team, headed up by the coach and his pals. A favourite of Quentin Tarantino, who screened it at the very first Tarantino Film Fest, The Swinging Cheerleaders features a cast of cult favourites including Colleen Camp (Wayne’s World, Game of Death), Rainbeaux Smith (Caged Heat, The Incredible Melting Man) and future Playmate of the Month Rosanne Katon.