"Cry Wolf," one of the many slasher flicks that have skirted under the radar in recent years, stars a little known cast and features an even less known director, but is a surprisingly decent picture, as long as your not looking for scares.
"Cry Wolf" is about a group of high school kids at a prestigious private school who, starved for excitement and thrills devise a deadly hoax by spreading a rumor about a serial killer on campus. However, as they begin to get picked off one by one, one of them begins to suspect that someone has decided to take the hoax to the next level and make it a reality.
Starring Julian Morris and Lindy Booth, "Cry Wolf" is your pretty standard horror flick - teens start getting killed off one by one, no one believes the main character, et cetera, et cetera - at least on the surface. What "Cry Wolf" lacks in scares and thrills it makes up in cleverness, as the movie has a solid twist ending that makes its short 90-minute running time worth it. Okay, so "Cry Wolf" isn't exactly "The Unusual Suspects," but it is smarter than most slasher flicks. Not like that says much.
All around, the movie is what you'd expect - so-so acting, standard plot developments and generic characters. There's nothing much else to say. While the surprise ending was a needed boost to this otherwise generic film, "Cry Wolf" definitely lacks in the scare department; those looking for an exciting and scary-to-the-point-where-your-girlfriend-is-clinging-to-your-arm movie should look elsewhere. Director Jeff Wadlow, obviously focused on leading up to the ending, ignores the rest of the movie. While there are a few tense moments and the movie is never exactly boring, it definitely does not have enough to impress.
Now out on DVD, "Cry Wolf" special features include deleted and alternate scenes, a couple short films and filmmaker commentaries.
"Cry Wolf" makes a decent rental and more intelligent moments than found in other slasher flicks, but it lacks the excitement factor to make it worthy of widespread respect.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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