Welcome to a site dedicated to one of the grooviest drive-in B-horror flicks ever made — Satan’s Cheerleaders! And with a righteous cast comprised of John Ireland, Sydney Chaplin (son of film great, Charlie Chaplin), Yvonne De Carlo and John Carradine (to name but a few), you know that you’re in for one crazy trip, man. But, perhaps there is the slightest chance that you’ve never seen this campy and charming send-up to the Devil and his curvaceous pep squad. Or, maybe you have already spoken the infernal words of “Audi Precas Maeya, Satana Blessed Be” to yourself, but haven’t dared cop to your love for Debbie, Sharon, Chris and Patti in front of others. Whether this site salutes your desire to be “one for all and all for one” with this foxy quartet, or aids you in discovering this Greydon Clark directed slice of cinematic glory, you’re sure to get yourself a handful. Right on! So, let’s get down and go through a brief plot synopsis of this 1977 classic.
Our cheerleading team (played by Kerry Sherman, Alisa Powell, Hillary Horan, and Sherry Marks), led by their not-so-bright coach, Ms. Johnson (Jacqulin Cole), are getting ready for the first big football game of the season against their rivals from Baker High. A few of the football players are practicing on the beach alongside the gals, including Debbie’s main squeeze, Stevie (Lane Caudell). But, the football coach (Joseph Carlo) doesn’t dig that the cheerleaders are getting a bit frisky with the players, warning Stevie in particular to not “waste his precious bodily fluids” before game time. Still, Stevie and Debbie get in a quick romp behind the bushes before the kids from Baker High show up and invade their turf uninvited. To solve the dilemma, they get into a “chicken fight” — two person teams, one on the other’s shoulders, all to wrestle it out. Naturally, the Baker kids lose and have to leave the beach, but not before swearing revenge on Benedict High — by toilet papering (or T.P.ing) their entire school. That’ll teach ’em.
The next day, the school janitor, Billy (Jack Kruschen) cleans up the mess of Baker’s revenge, but also has quite the fixation on the cheerleaders. Being the member of “some crazy Devil cult,” he also has been promised by the “High Priest” of his group one of the cheerleaders for his sexual gratification. So, after peeking in on them through a grate in the shower room, he waits for them to leave and then casts a small spell over their clothes — rubbing his eyeball pentacle necklace while chanting “Audi Precas Maeya, Satana Blessed Be” over them. Stevie and two of the other football players discover him in the locker room and denounce him as a “prevert,” warning him to stay away from the girls. But “Billy Boy” is tenacious and will not rest until he has his way with his favorite cheerleader: Patti. At this point, he has laid the groundwork for his ultimate plans of seduction.
On the ride to the big game, the girls and Ms. Johnson get run off the road by another vehicle, while Billy follows from behind in his pickup truck, chanting and rubbing that necklace of his. While the girls attempt hitchhiking as a means to get to the game, Billy Boy shows up and offers to drive them there. But Billy doesn’t intend to take them to their destination, and instead takes a “detour” to an isolated area.
Once there, they make their way to a small clearing, revealing an altar, overtop of which looms a wooden head sculpture of demonic proportions. While Billy works his magic, Patti, in a trancelike state, undresses, lies upon the altar, and proceeds to get one Hell of an orgasm from the invisible force of Satan himself. Billy tries to touch her, but the Devil is just not having it. Billy ultimately chokes and is presumed dead by the girls. They then take his pickup to look for help.
After asking a roadside bum (John Carradine) for directions, they find the home of Sheriff B.L. Bubb (John Ireland) and relay their tale of horror to him and his wife, Emmy (Yvonne De Carlo). But little do they know that the Sheriff and his wife are the “High Priest” and “High Priestess” of the cult and, upon the couple realizing that the aggressor in question was one of their members, Emmy keeps an eye on the girls while Bubb investigates the scene.
Once there, he revives Billy, who is not too happy that the girl he was infernally promised was taken instead by their Main Man. A fight ensues, and Bubb ends up beating and then throwing Billy down the hill, exclaiming “Geronimo!” for some unexplained reason. Meanwhile, back at the Sheriff’s home, Patti begins getting premonitions of what exactly is going on, but doesn’t seem the least bit alarmed. During an outside conversation between Bubb and his wife, Chris overhears their talk of planning a Black Mass and making a “sacrifice” of one (or all?) of the girls — in effect, covering up the girls’ discovery of Billy’s membership in the cult as well their knowledge of the altar.
The girls manage to escape through a window upstairs, but Ms. Johnson is discovered by Sheriff Bubb, who in turn roughs her up a bit and then gives her “a real lesson” while undoing his pants. The girls are all caught and then placed in a shoddily locked shack with Bubb’s two Dobermans, Lucifer and Diablo, to guard them. They escape once more through Patti’s strange influence on the dogs, but are captured once again by the cult and coerced into participating in their ritual at the outdoor altar. Emmy, unfortunately, is mauled and killed by her own dogs during the second escape — under the unholy guidance of Patti, who appears to have gained diabolical powers from her conjugation with the dread Prince of Darkness. At her own altar in the house, Emmy cries “why have thou forsaken me” as she is being devoured by these Hounds of Hell.
The film ends with a confrontation between Patti and the not-so-sincere Bubb, as his phony devotion to Satan is revealed and then answered for by a murderous (and presumedly resurrected) Billy, who drives a large piece of wood through his gut. Led now by Patti, the cult praises the Devil and chants their famous line through the end of the ritual. As Ms. Johnson says later at the football game, “I don’t think we’re going to lose any games this season.” Indeed.