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Cry Wolf Uncut [DVD]
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on 19 November 2017
Bought as a present for a film buff colleague who enjoyed it.
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on 19 July 2017
excellent.
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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.
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on 27 October 2015
crap and even more crap! Tries to be really clever with plot twists and fails utterly - who the hell thought it would be a good idea to make a horror movie with absolutely no scares in it whatsoever??
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on 22 December 2014
Low budget film!
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on 5 December 2009
I ordered this particular film because jon bon jovi was in it but it was not the film that I thought it was. It was OK but I just cannot remember the title of the film that I saw him in many years ago. Never mind.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 August 2014
'Cry Wolf' isn't a bad teen horror at all, although I would call it more of a mystery really, as the blood and gore is fairly limited. It isn't particularly scary either, but it is intriguing and should hold your interest until the end. If you like films with lots of twists and turns, this one will keep you on your toes. I felt sure that I knew who the murderer was, thinking it was blatantly obvious, but I will hold my hands up and confess that was wrong.

The story is based on the old tale of a boy cries wolf (tells a lie and is found out) and no one believes him when he does have to tell the truth. In this case, new English High School boy Owen Matthews (Julian Morris) befriends a group of teenagers. Following the murder of a young girl, the teens decide to pull a prank, by spreading an online rumors that a serial killer called "The Wolf" is on the loose. They intend to scare their classmates by describing "The Wolf's" next victims. Little do they realise that the said victims WILL be killed off, and the friends will find themselves unable to separate fact from fiction. Jon Bon Jovi co-stars as journalism teacher Mr. Walker, and gives a good performance.

'Cry Wolf' is great fun, and surprisingly intelligent. The DVD cover is misleading though, for although there are ''slasher'' elements to be found, this is essentially a fine mystery thriller, with a fantastic ending.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 April 2007
"Avoid suspicion, manipulate your friends, and eliminate your enemies." That's the line that best sums up "Cry Wolf."

This movie sly jibes at the typical teen slasher movies that were popular in the late nineties, with shrieking blondes, knife-wielding killers, and plenty of bodies. But it's not only a good satire, but a good movie in its own right -- it deceives you right up to the end, with a complex twist that suddenly pulls the whole movie into focus.

Owen (Julian Morris) has just arrived at the prestigious Westlake high school, and it doesn't take him long to get acquainted with his jock roommate Tom (Jared Padalecki), the sexy school queen Dodger (Lindy Booth) and their pals. The gang all gathers together at the school chapel at night, to play an elaborate lying game -- until Dodger suggests they use a recent murder as part of an elaborate prank.

The kids send out a mass email saying that a mythical killer called the Wolf is on campus, about to kill again. But soon the prank becomes a series of vindictive, dirty secrets are revealed, and Owen is sent a series of threatening IMs from "The Wolf." And then suddenly the fake deaths they dreamed up begin to come true -- but what is real, and what is a deadly prank?

Don't go into "Cry Wolf" expecting lots of shrieky, bloody teen horror, or you'll be disappointed. Not much gore, not even much violence. It's actually more like a murder mystery (both before and after the fact), disguised as a teen slasher flick. Certainly it's a lot smarter than your typical high-school movie.

The complexity doesn't really show up until the finale, when the seemingly simple plot turns around and pulls all its strings tight. Hardly a plot hole to be found. People you thought were dead aren't, and a childish prank turns out to be far more sinister. Writer/director Jeff Wadlow soaks the movie in a tongue-in-cheek atmosphere, and a sense of intellectual horror as well as visceral thrills.

It also takes a few minutes out to mock slasher flicks, like the "so cliche" idea of a killer hiding in the backseat. The cast seems like a typical slasher cast, but more realistic -- the slut is flirty but not actually slutty, like a girl who is still getting used to her own attractiveness. The brainiac doesn't flaunt her intelligence, the chubby kid isn't funny, and the jock isn't a lunkhead.

Julian Morris gives a subtle, understated portrayal of a troubled young boy with a checkered past. Owen is essentially a good kid, but led into trouble by that classic downfall -- he's trying to impress the hot girl with his intelligence. Morris's finest acting comes in the final scenes on the movie, where his expressive eyes show terror, desperation, numbness, and finally frustrated horror.

"Cry Wolf" is a far smarter, creepier movie than most satires, and it also manages to be a clever flick in its own right. Solidly acted, wonderfully written.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 February 2007
"Avoid suspicion, manipulate your friends, and eliminate your enemies." That's the line that best sums up "Cry Wolf."

This movie sly jibes at the typical teen slasher movies that were popular in the late nineties, with shrieking blondes, knife-wielding killers, and plenty of bodies. But it's not only a good satire, but a good movie in its own right -- it deceives you right up to the end, with a complex twist that suddenly pulls the whole movie into focus.

Owen (Julian Morris) has just arrived at the prestigious Westlake high school, and it doesn't take him long to get acquainted with his jock roommate Tom (Jared Padalecki), the sexy school queen Dodger (Lindy Booth) and their pals. The gang all gathers together at the school chapel at night, to play an elaborate lying game -- until Dodger suggests they use a recent murder as part of an elaborate prank.

The kids send out a mass email saying that a mythical killer called the Wolf is on campus, about to kill again. But soon the prank becomes a series of vindictive, dirty secrets are revealed, and Owen is sent a series of threatening IMs from "The Wolf." And then suddenly the fake deaths they dreamed up begin to come true -- but what is real, and what is a deadly prank?

Don't go into "Cry Wolf" expecting lots of shrieky, bloody teen horror, or you'll be disappointed. Not much gore, not even much violence. It's actually more like a murder mystery (both before and after the fact), disguised as a teen slasher flick. Certainly it's a lot smarter than your typical high-school movie.

The complexity doesn't really show up until the finale, when the seemingly simple plot turns around and pulls all its strings tight. Hardly a plot hole to be found. People you thought were dead aren't, and a childish prank turns out to be far more sinister. Writer/director Jeff Wadlow soaks the movie in a tongue-in-cheek atmosphere, and a sense of intellectual horror as well as visceral thrills.

It also takes a few minutes out to mock slasher flicks, like the "so cliche" idea of a killer hiding in the backseat. The cast seems like a typical slasher cast, but more realistic -- the slut is flirty but not actually slutty, like a girl who is still getting used to her own attractiveness. The brainiac doesn't flaunt her intelligence, the chubby kid isn't funny, and the jock isn't a lunkhead.

Julian Morris gives a subtle, understated portrayal of a troubled young boy with a checkered past. Owen is essentially a good kid, but led into trouble by that classic downfall -- he's trying to impress the hot girl with his intelligence. Morris's finest acting comes in the final scenes on the movie, where his expressive eyes show terror, desperation, numbness, and finally frustrated horror.

"Cry Wolf" is a far smarter, creepier movie than most satires, and it also manages to be a clever flick in its own right. Solidly acted, wonderfully written.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 September 2011
Of course, the title of this review will only make sense to those familiar with the pop song of the same name by Norwegian popsters A-ha. The cheesy song, warbled with gusto by the angular faced Morten Harket, is considerably better than the film of the same name. In fact, running the tune on a continuous loop for 94 minutes is far more appealing than ever having to sit through this movie again.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow, who used the money he won at the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival to fund the project, film has a smart premise and big ambitions. Unfortunately the premise, kids at posh prep school play a lying game and invent a serial killer-who surprise to surprise comes real, is not exploited to any level of decent entertainment, horror, thriller or otherwise. It's badly acted by Julian Morris (amusingly over emphasising his English accent like he is auditioning for Twelfth Night), Jared Padalecki (who acted better when ensconced in wax in House of Wax also released this same year) and Jon Bon Jovi (out acted by his hair), while its surprisingly short on frights; or blood for that matter.

Clearly trying to craft a thinking mans slasher, Wadlow instead gets confused and winds up with a standard film of red herrings and annoying by the numbers privileged teenagers. The script is a garbled mess, stretching credibility to unacceptable levels, and even when it gets into a groove of "complex" speak, it comes out as false. The one shining light is Lindy Booth, who positively sauces her way thru the movie, making a standard horror female character far better than it is on the page. But alas, she can't drag the others with her, hamstrung by a rookie director out of his league. The subsequent non film career of all involved speaks volumes. 2/10
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