Cry Wolf (2005)

Overview:
Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar – even when they’re telling the truth.

Plot: 5/5
Really IMDB? Sometimes I feel like we’re not watching the same movie.

Our story begins with a murder- a young girl running for her life through the woods is shot and murdered my an unknown assailant. Next we meet Owen Matthews, a young British boy who has transferred to a prestigious High School. He starts off meeting the beautiful Dodger (a girl, since you can’t really tell by the name) and his snarky roommate Tom who greets him with “I just wiped my ass”.

L-R: Owen (Julian Morris) and Tom (Jared Padalecki)

Owen gets invited to take part in a secret after hours game with a large group, including Tom and Dodger, about trying to trick others into believing you are not marked as a “Wolf” (it makes more sense when you watch it). Bored with the predictable game the friends eventually decide to invent one of their own, with the entire school playing the sheep. They invent a serial killer called “The Wolf” who, according to their own legend, went on a murder rampage in other schools in the past. But as the “anniversary” of the murders gets closer strange things begin to happen which suggest that the wolves have instead become the sheep in their own game, and someone is using their lies as a script.

“Cry Wolf” is no legend in the horror department, but it is an enjoyable watch. I don’t think I’ll be seeing it again personally. It’s more like a Nothing-Else-On or Don’t-Feel-Like-Thinking-Much kind of movie.

I am proud of myself for making it though this movie. I’ve never managed more than a half hour of a Padalecki horror movie (he tends to appear in the really gorey or creepy ones). But I managed the whole thing and rather enjoyed it. There are layers to the story, so even if you manage to figure out one level there is another piece that sneaks up on you.

L-R: Owen (Julian Morris), Tom (Jared Padalecki), Dodger (Lindy Booth), and Regina (Kristy Wu)

Acting Score: 4.5/5
I really did enjoy this movie, and if the acting was sub-par it wouldn’t have been as good. First though I have a legit complaint: Gary Cole sucks at doing a British accent. Yes, he appears twice, but still. It was really bad and weak.

I did watch this to see Jared Padalecki, and I got 90% of my laughs out of him in his role as the kind of goofy-Texan (Padalecki is from San Antonio). Especially in scenes where his Texas accent suddenly appear and the lone-star state references dotted around (the most blatant of which is a full Texas flag he hangs in his window). I loved seeing Lindy Booth (Dodger) again, she’s always a joy to watch. I was also quite impressed by Bon Jovi’s acting, he doesn’t try to upstage the younger cast members and delivers a solid performance.

Dodger marks Owen as "Wolf" in the group's first midnight game.

I love Paul James’ acting always, and Sandra McCoy did a good job, but I’m nicknaming them the “Cliche Squad” for this movie. Their characters were pretty shallow and under-written, but in all honesty the only thing holding them back from being a huge horror cliche is the fact that McCoy had dark hair instead of blonde.

Age Rating: 13+
There is some language (mostly from Padalecki), but the sexual content is extremely light, limited pretty much to suggestions. I’d just advise parents to worry about the suspense. There isn’t really any gore in the movie, but there’s a lot of suspense and if your child is prone to nightmares you may want to spare them. Otherwise though go for it. There is a trick: check the rating on the version you are getting. The version I’m reviewing is the PG-13 one, there is also an uncut version which is rated R and contains more violence.

Because no horror movie is complete without a shower scene.

Fun Trivia

The teen members of the cast actually bunked together on set so they would be more familiar with one another.

In the film Tom (Jared Padalecki) and Mercedes (Sandra McCoy) are not even what you would call good friends (they seem to have a low-level distaste for one another). In real-life though they got along great. So great that McCoy and Padalecki were quickly a couple. In 2007 Padalecki confirmed rumors of their engagement. It was not meant to be though and just two months later McCoy announced via her personal blog that the couple had decided on an amiable and complete split due to differences in life goals.

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