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by Chris Wilson

"Rocks like Jon Bon Jovi!! Meaning mediocre but still tolerable…"
3 stars

There are so many reasons Cry_Wolf should be terrible. It’s being advertised as a new-age 80s slasher while it’s rated pg-13. The biggest star is an aging 80s rocker. The title has a freaking underscore in it! Oddly enough, none of these limiting factors really hold the movie back. In fact, most of them work. Even the underscore.

Owen is one of those nice, likable British troublemakers in the US who get shipped around from prep school to prep school. In his most recent school he ends up falling in with a crowd of “too cool for school” rabble-rousers led by redheaded hottie Dodger. Their favorite activity is to sneak out at night and play games of lying and deception. When the group tires of this, Dodger suggests they use the murder of a local girl to incite fear around the school. They write up a warning e-mail describing their fictitious killer’s MO and his last set of murders, using each other as the victims. Soon, Owen starts receiving sinister instant messages while the rest of the group is stalked and treated with break-ins. With the countdown to their make-believe killer’s next attack getting closer, everyone begins to question where the practical joke ends and reality begins.

The only reason this movie works is because it’s not an 80s slasher. Think of it as a hip whodunit with a knife wielding killer. The film relies on paranoia and confusion as opposed to blood. Of course there are the ubiquitous horror film twists but the ones in Cry_Wolf aren’t any more outrageous than other films in the genre. In fact, they actually help the movie make sense in a few ways (like explaining some of the dumb things people always do in horror movies) though they definitely stretch plausibility to the breaking point.

Luckily the acting and dialogue keep Cry_Wolf moving instead of holding things back. The characters are generally likable (though all are horror movie stereotypes) and there are a few nicely witty lines strewn about. I’m willing to say that the times I laughed out loud weren’t because of the film’s outrageousness. Ladies of the 80s, you’ll be happy to know that Jon Bon Jovi has a decently sized roll as the rock star journalism teacher. I would have liked to hear him break out ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ for no apparent reason but I’m satisfied with a decent performance and untouched hair.

The one original thing Cry_Wolf does is show how technology can come back to haunt you. Yes, e-mail, cell phones and instant messaging (where the underscore in the title comes from) make it easier to communicate. But they can also be used against you. In the opening murder scene, the killer loses track of the intended victim in the woods. I suddenly got chills when the killer broke out a cell phone and dialed the victim’s number, instantly giving off her location. If you’ve ever been freaked to death about your phone going off in a theater, imagine someone coming up to your and brutally murdering you for it!

Fair warning: the movie is entertaining if your expectations don’t get out of hand. If you’re a fan of blood, gore and elaborate death scenes, Cry_Wolf will leave you unsatisfied, like a night of bad drunk sex. If you’re expecting high brow psychological horror, you’ll also be left unsatisfied, but more in the vein of finding out you’ve been drinking 3.2 beer instead of the real thing. You be the judge of which is worse.

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originally posted: 09/17/05 15:44:50
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User Comments

12/28/17 morris campbell its not a good horror film or mystery it sucks 1 stars
10/12/13 David H. cliched, predictable, fluff 1 stars
9/02/08 Shaun Wallner This movie was Awesome!! Loved It. 5 stars
4/19/07 ashley great movie with a great and genius idea behind it 4 stars
3/08/07 David Pollastrini Not great not terrible 3 stars
2/26/07 Charles Tatum Another by-the-numbers slasher flick 1 stars
12/04/06 Stanley Thai Some thinks this is a bad horror film but come to think this is really a good mystery. 4 stars
8/19/06 Beau i thought it was a good suspense thiller movie, but i didnt like the twist & average acting 3 stars
4/01/06 J00rmom It was n00by like your mum. 2 stars
3/23/06 jesika WHOA! totally disappointed! shit ass movie 1 stars
3/21/06 Rebecca Better than the average teenage horror/ thriller movie 4 stars
3/19/06 JeromeBosch Puerile yet somewhat efficacious. 4 stars
3/18/06 CJ Dumb twist 1 stars
2/22/06 Frank Rountree Bad acting, bad movie, etc. 1 stars
10/11/05 bff A good film 3 stars
9/26/05 Mary Kate Olsen Sheena Gonna Cry 3 stars
9/18/05 R i can't believe you're all letting this film off so easy.. 1 stars
9/18/05 corinne surprisingly good. not the typical slasher film i expected it would be. 3 stars
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  16-Sep-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 20-Dec-2005

  13-Jan-2006 (12A)

  23-Mar-2006 (M)

Directed by
  Jeff Wadlow

Written by
  Jeff Wadlow
  Beau Bauman

  Julian Morris
  Lindy Booth
  Jared Padalecki
  Jon Bon Jovi
  Sandra McCoy
  Kristy Wu

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