For six films, all went well for the cheerleading squads that populated the comedy franchise Bring It On. This year, however, we were surprised to discover that the seventh installment, titled Bring It On: Cheer or Die, will feature a change of pace that no one saw coming: a slasher horror movie setting. Last month we were treated to the first look images showing the darker tone the franchise will take on, and today SYFY shared with Collider the first teaser trailer for the film. We can also reveal when you’ll see this unexpected change in tone. Director Karen Lam’s new film premieres on October 8th.
If you, like many people, think you might be confusing the titles, the teaser trailer for Bring it On: Cheer or Die confirms with giant red letters: “Yeah, that gets it going.” The teaser also hints that the film won’t let go of its comedy roots, and the upcoming title will draw on dark humor for that extra flavor we all know and love. The Cast Missi Pyle, Kerri Medders, Alexandra Beaton, Sam Robert Muik, Cassandra Potenza, Alec Carlos, Marlowe Zimmerman and Tiera Skovbye to name a few.
The teaser also reveals the usual slasher tropes that we can certainly expect to see in Bring It On: Cheer or Die. The fight for survival begins when a Cheer Squad decides to practice secretly in an abandoned school on Halloween night with their Devil mascot in tow – what could go wrong? Cheerleading takes over from killing as teammates begin to disappear. However, they still need to practice.
Bring It On first premiered in 2000 and had big industry names like Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) and Gabrielle Union (L.A.’s Finest) as a group of cheerleaders who competed in the national cheerleading High School Championship. Directed by Peyton Reed (Ant-Man and the Wasp), the film was a surprise hit, grossing over $90 million on a budget of $10 million. The success prompted a series of sequels that came out with some regularity until 2009. In 2017, the franchise made a comeback with Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack starring Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day: Resurgence).
Bring It On: Cheer or Die isn’t the first time the franchise has gone through a major transformation. In 2011, the film series was adapted into a Broadway musical, with music and lyrics by none other than Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. The production received a 2013 Tony nomination for Best Musical. You can watch clips from the musical on Miranda’s official website.
SYFY premiered Bring It On: Cheer or Die on October 8th at 9pm ET/PT. You can check out the teaser trailer below: