Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cry_Wolf (2005)

Starring: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jon Bon Jovi

Homicidal Maniac: The Wolf (Spoiler)

Run time: 1:30:00

Quick Synopsis: Students at a boarding school create a fictional serial killer that appears to have come to life.

Just like the game they play in the movie, Cry_Wolf is all about lies and deception.  Without spoiling too much of the movie, its goal is to trick the audience and make them question who really is The Wolf.  Honestly, as a PG-13 movie I expected complete trash that was made for a more mainstream audience than it is horror fans.  While it does feed
to a more widespread audience it does keep with many of the expectations horror fans have for a slasher, especially when you take into account the twist at the end.  Another surprise was the cast which also performed much better than I suspected.  Add in the fact that a movie with just a one million dollar budget somehow has Jon Bon Jovi as well as one of the most random cameos of all time, Gary Cole as a British father of the lead actor you really cannot complain about the casting.  One some of the events seem too coincidental that plot is also pretty solid.  While the twist is not completely original, it is something that is not overused.  Adding in the final reveal that attempted to show that one of the characters was truly playing chess while the rest were playing checkers was also clever, even if the deliver was not great.  Cry_Wolf is an entertaining-enough awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: AOL attempted to help promote the movie by creating a game similar to the one they play in the movie.

Hidden Gem:  Jeff Wadlow was give the chance to make this movie after he won a million dollars at the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival.

Total Kill Count:
Becky- Erica Yates (2:00) Shot Gore Rating: 3
Randall- Jesse Janzen (1:07:00) Found Dead (Spoiler) Gore Rating: 4
Dodger- Lindy Booth (1:12:00) Stabbed Multiple Times (Spoiler) Gore Rating: 2
Mr. Walker- Jon Bon Jovi (1:15:00) Shot Gore Rating: 4

             Horror Film: 6
             Entertainment: 6
             Suspense: 5
             Overall: 5.75