...reads the tagline for "Pep Sqaud," an amiably campy film, in the tradition of John Waters or Roger Corman. The film--surprisngly rich in color and sound--follows three high school kids who hide their principal in their basement after he tries to rape one of the three. Despite a plot-line that sounds terribly familiar and a cast of unbelievably awful actors, "Pep Squad" thrives in other departments. For one, the music and score of the film, performed by Concrete Blonde frontwoman Johnette Napolitano, is excellent. Secondly, the actresses playing the roles of Cherry, a psychotic sociopath determined to become prom queen, and Terra, the retro-snob on top of Cherry's hit list, blow the other actors away. The conflicts between the two girls is reason enough to forget about the crummy acting coming from some of the other stars of the film. As far as wannabe-cult-classics, "Pep Squad" squashes the competition.