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Cry Wolf
cast: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Jon Bon Jovi, and Gary Cole

director: Jeff Wadlow

90 minutes (15) 2005
widescreen ratio 2.35:1
Optimum DVD Region 2 rental / retail

RATING: 7/10
reviewed by Emily Webb
Cry Wolf looked promising - when a young woman is found murdered, a group of local high school students decide to further scare their classmates by spreading online rumours that a serial killer called 'The Wolf' is on the loose. Of course, the faux victims that the students name (actually each other) actually start turning up dead, so there must be a killer in their ranks and new boy Owen Matthews (Julian Morris), who was booted out of his last school for playing pranks, starts to really regret sending the falsified reports over the Internet (he, of course, is a sensitive soul who only joined in so that he could fit in with all the nasty preppies). It is the students' journalism teacher, Rich Walker (played by Jon Bon Jovi) who warns the group about the kinds of predators that lurk on the Internet and it seems that a psychopathic killer is hunting the students down one by one.

"Nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth."

Writer and director Jeff Wadlow, who, interestingly, is the nephew of American uber television news journalist Katie Couric, gives the viewer an enjoyable, tense horror in Cry Wolf. It's fairly fresh, which is hard to achieve with the horror genre (Eli Roth's Cabin Fever and Marc Evans' My Little Eye are good examples of original plots). There are some pretty satisfying twists in Cry Wolf; it uses today's technology and the users behind it (mainly teenagers who are super computer literate) to weave a cautionary tale and a story that could feasibly happen (it would be one sick person who could do this though). Being a huge Bon Jovi fan, I was thrilled to see Jon Bon Jovi in this film and giving a credible performance as the journalism teacher who has a taste for teen girls. Cry Wolf delivers if you're after an enjoyable horror flick, although it doesn't stay in your mind in the same way that Cabin Fever or Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects does; it is pretty disposable, which is the way I describe films that you give not even a fleeting thought to, not even how bad it was.

DVD extras: audio commentary by director and co-writer Jeff Wadlow, producer and co-writer Beau Bauman and editor-associate producer Seth Gordon, four deleted scenes with optional commentary, alternative scene with optional commentary, Wolves, Sheep & Shepherds casting featurette, behind-the-scenes Enter The Sinister Set featurette, two short films and trailers.

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