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Cry Wolf (2005)

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A big lie told in fun has deadly consequences in this horror story. A group of students at an exclusive private school decide to have some fun by creating an urban legend and seeing how far it will spread. When a woman is murdered not far from the school's campus, the students create an elaborate mythology about a serial killer known as "the Wolf," whose motives and methods would make him a likely culprit for the recent crime. However, when other people begin dying at the hands of "the Wolf," the students are forced to admit to their lie in hopes of stopping the killings. But will anyone believe them? And how does the real-life killer know so much about the backstory of "the Wolf"? Cry_Wolf stars Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jon Bon Jovi, and Gary Cole.
Rating:
PG-13 (for violence, terror, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a brief drug reference)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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$10,003,763.00
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Cast

Lindy Booth
as Dodger
Jon Bon Jovi
as Rich Walker
Kristy Wu
as Regina
Sandra McCoy
as Mercedes
Jesse Janzen
as Randall
Anna Deavere Smith
as Headmaster Tinsley
Paul James
as Lewis
Gary Cole
as Mr. Matthews
Ethan Cohn
as Graham
Jane Beard
as Miss McNally
Erica Yates
as Becky
Michael Kennedy
as Custodian
Sabrina Gilbert
as Game Player
Ashleigh Pixley
as Game Player
Shauna Sauls
as Game Player
Ranel Johnson
as Game Player
Shannon Cusack
as Field Hockey Player
Dan Geroe
as Student in Dorm Hall
Sarah Satow
as Student in Class
Gregory Prunchak
as Student Talking to Cop
Marty Terry
as Librarian
Stephanie Nicole Kelley
as Girl in Manager's Office
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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (12)

Is there anything scarier than a threatening text message? Sure: Werewolves, vampires, killer diseases, and comedies written by and starring Jenny McCarthy come immediately to mind.

October 1, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

After so many years of memorable horror villains, what's particularly terrifying about some dude with a neon-orange ski mask and a ratty camouflage jacket?

September 22, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Contains no actual wolves, but it does have some howlers.

Full Review… | September 21, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A cut above the rest.

Full Review… | September 19, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Not only is it kind-of-sort-of-almost good, but it's also arguably the best horror movie in theaters right now -- thanks to a decent script with a couple of great twists.

Full Review… | September 19, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Cry_Wolf is not_scary.

September 19, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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Interesting idea that never takes off due to a poor script. The film had a good premise, unfortunately there's nothing going for the film, and I found myself bored watching this. Acting wise, the actors here are poor and none of them have any screen presence. This is meant to be a Slasher film, and it borrows heavily from the 1980's hit April Fool's Day, which was superior. This film lacks any suspenseful moments to really make it a fun and entertaining film that delivers top-notch scares. Mildly amusing in the long run, Cry Wolf could have been a much better film if the script would have been better. This film doesn't have anything effective in delivering chills and it is a scare free, predictable affair that is a perfect example of a mediocre horror film. This film could have been much better than what kit turned out to be. Unfortunately with sloppy direction, this is an unfocused picture that doesn't offer anything worthwhile for genre fans. As far as I'm concerned, this is a film that is poorly thought out, one that doesn't deliver and one that is pretty forgettable. This is a poorly acted film to boot and the director clearly can't craft a memorable terror experience. Cry Wolf is practically a rehash of previous ideas from other films, and you can clearly see where the cracks in the film lie. Mediocre and it's a shame because the film had a pretty ingenious idea and it's a shame that the filmmakers couldn't craft a more entertaining film in the long run and it ended up being a misfire due to a paper thin plot and poor execution of the material.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

Have just rewatched this one. Don't know how my original rating was 4. Hmmm... It is an okay horror with an abrupt ending. The real star here is Lindy Booth as Dodger. I don't know how this girl didn't go on to have a more successful career, as she is quite interesting on screen. (Or maybe she has and I just haven't seen the type of movies she stars in these days, will have to check that out). Jared Padalecki is not in it all that much, and he's pretty much an oaf here. Obviously this one was before he became well known on Supernatural. The rest of the cast I think were no names, apart from Jon Bon Jovi, and the less said about that the better (although in all fairness he is okay. He plays a sleazy teacher, so it's probably ideal casting for him).

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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