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Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead Hits Kickstarter

It's been a long time since Pat Higgins (TrashHouse, KillerKiller, Hellbride, The Devil's Music) has been in the director's chair, too long in fact. To right that wrong he's back with the luridly titled Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead. Just stop for a moment and take that in. Revel in its glory. Why do cheerleaders need power tools? Why do the dead screech? I guess we'll have to wait to find out.


Having made it through to the final of a TV talent show, an enthusiastic but dysfunctional cheerleading troop are on the brink of falling apart. When a cursed amulet turns their rival boyband act into a screeching gang of zombies, the girls must learn to use their wits, friendship and assorted power-tools before the TV finale takes a turn for the apocalyptic!

Far from it being a grubby exploitation flick or a SyFy-esque let-down that's all title and no trousers, Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead is a full-tilt horror/comedy/musical featuring toe-tapping songs and geysers of gore. Expect laughs, loud guitars, terrifying monsters and great songs like "I’m Just a Guy Dying on the Floor". The film is being produced by Charlie Bond (Strippers vs Werewolves), who also stars as head cheerleader Emily.

Talking of her role in this new film, she says:

I have been a huge fan of Pat's ever since reading the fantastic script that he wrote for my first ever appearance in a feature film, nearly 10 years ago. Since then, I've been hoping the right opportunity would come around for us to work together again and the minute I read [the script], I knew this was the one. It's fun, fantastically self-aware and constantly ripping apart classic tropes to create a troupe of fearless, brilliant women, and by the end, you don't know who to love more - the gutsy, endearing Emily, the charismatic, doomed captain of the boy band Hunter, or my personal favourite... Just another poor guy dying on the floor. I had to get involved to make this happen, and as a female producer, this fun, feminist wildcard of a movie is a dream to work with.

Pat Higgins, as ever, is imbued with his trademark enthusiasm, perhaps his break from making films brings him back refreshed and ready to go? More likely That's just the Pat we've come to know and love. Speaking on his intentions for the film:

So, what's my intention behind the project?

Well, fun.

This whole project is distilled fun.

Ridiculous gore, loveable characters, eye-popping visuals (sometimes literally) and toe-tapping songs. Something for the Rocky Horror and Little Shop crowd, but with a harder edge and a 21st century sensibility that will rip the roof off.

I’m delighted to be working with the unstoppable and insanely talented Charlie Bond again, and between us we've assembled an astonishingly talented cast and crew.

This is Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead.

If you want to get in on the Powertool Cheerleader action, or even the Screeching Dead action for that matter, the film is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter with a variety of rewards up for grabs; everything from downloads and t-shirts, through having your own groan voicing a zombie, to an actual role in the film where they'll kill you in an incredibly gory fashion. One thing is for sure, Powertool Cheerleaders vs the Boyband of the Screeching Dead is going to be something special.


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