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on 26 January 2006
The decision to make a serious teenage slasher film, post Scream, is a very brave move, without having the film descend into farce. However, Cry Wolf has more going for it than just a slasher tag.
Coupled with quite a genius script, it doesn't matter that it isn't, actually, very scary, or horrific, or even full of blood and gore. But what it will do will keep you watching just to find out what is going to happen next.
The slightly unimaginative plot outline (a group of teenagers start a hoax email about a serial killer, only for it, surprise surprise, to start coming true) doesn't do the film justice. The amount of twists and turns the storyline takes will always keep you guessing.
And although not full of horror, there are some genuinely clever moments. A halloween party where everyone dresses up like the description of the serial killer, but we know that the real killer is in there somewhere, is a tense and thrilling scene. Mobile phones and email alerts are used to great effect to keep us on the edge of our seats. In particular, a rather creepy moment involving a video phone call in a bathroom...
So although not brilliant, it is well worth the time, and therefore it's quite dissappointing that not all of the teenage performances are up to the same level as Jon Bon Jovi - a solid performance from the rock star, who really keeps the film grounded and realistic.