June 11, 2014 at 06:16 PM EDT

In 2001, writer-directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson killed off a group of cheerleaders in All Cheerleaders Die. Now, they’ve done it again in a remake of their own film, which hits theaters Friday and is also available on VOD. So why do the pair hate cheerleaders so much?

“I don’t hate them,” insists Sivertson. “It’s funny, because a lot of people assume the title is All Cheerleaders Must Die and the title is actually All Cheerleaders Die. We’re not saying we want them to die. I think cheerleaders are really cool, especially in this day and age when everybody is so concerned with not showing too much excitement about anything.”

So, this penchant for slaying cheerleaders onscreen isn’t rooted in some high school snub? “There were cheerleaders that I found attractive and never got anywhere, being the nerd that I am,” says McKee. “But there’s no ill feelings about that.

In fairness, McKee and Sivertson’s deceased cheerleaders do have a habit of coming back to life and, in the new version, they do so in notably spritely form. You can see just how spritely in the exclusive clip below and you can check out the film’s trailer underneath that.

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