The modern trends of B-movie production are on full display in the “they-thought-of-the-title-and-went-from-there” flick Attack of the 50 Ft Cheerleader. It features a handful of D-list celebrities like Sean Young, Treat Williams and Ted Raimi in “starring roles” that were obviously filmed in a day; each is occasionally entertaining but primarily depressing. There’s the now-necessary attempts at self-awareness to disguise shoddy plotting, coming across at weak satire at best and sneering misogyny (or perhaps misanthropy) at its worst. Bad movie clichés are on full display, whether it’s the “ugly girl” removing her glasses and becoming beautiful (and, eventually, gigantic) or the cheerleaders/sorority sisters being shallow and bitchy. And like all modern B-movies, the special effects are ugly CGI.
Attack of the 50 Ft Cheerleader also demonstrates, intermittently, why people watch B-movies. We watch for ridiculous scenes like this…
…where a young girl, mid-coitus, doubles in size, her bra snapping because of course it does, sending her partner fleeing.
…or cameos from B-movie royalty Roger Corman and John Landis, having more fun than anyone else in the film.
…or the ridiculous, but thoroughly enjoyable climax, where two topless oversized cheerleaders battle it out in the middle of a poorly-CGI’d football field.