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Cry Wolf

Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Jon Bon Jovi and Sandra McCoy

Rated: PG-13
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: September 23, 2005 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. andSony Pictures

Julian Morris stars as Owen in what is billed as a teen terror tale. Morris was born on Friday the 13th which I guess makes him a natural for this film. He is joined by Lindy Booth who plays Dodger, because someone in her family was a fan of Dickens' the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist a film which opens the same week as Cry Wolf.

The two leads perform in a very attractive style Booth appearing intellectually bright and leader of the dark liar's club on a private school campus where Morris' Owen wanders in part way through the school year. She is the first person he makes contact with and soon finds himself in a quiet chapel in the middle of the night shortly after a young girl has been murdered in the woods near the campus.

The preppies at the posh Westlake school are bored I guess, so they decide to start a rumor based on an imaginary character The Wolf who claims on the Internet that the murder was just the first and others will follow shortly. Owen takes the job of sending out the E-mail in a wide net perpetuating a hoax on the campus and the town nearby.

Booth is appealing and chilling as the leader of the pack who is having an affair with a professor (Jon Bon Jovi), another cool customer. Morris is also appealing and pleasant as Owen he projects an innocence yet he is willing to enter into the conspiracy and there is a hint of his past antics at other schools.

As we expect, the plan begins to happen, kids are showing up dead as a character in an orange ski mask is spotted and everyone is crying wolf.

The clues are all presented orally and can be noted if we watch closely, but there are gaps which are too large for those who enjoy a smart script filled with classic clues and the slasher in the ski mask doesn't score in the scare department at least not enough to keep our interest in the horror show.

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