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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.

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Nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth. When a young woman is found murdered, a group of local high school students decide to further scare their classmates by spreading online rumors that a serial killer called "The Wolf" is on the loose. By describing "The Wolf's" next victims, the students' game is to see how many people they can convince - and if anyone will uncover the lie. But when the described victims actually do start turning up dead, suddenly no one knows where the lies end and the truth begins. As someone or something begins hunting the students themselves, the game turns terrifyingly real. Written by focus features

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At Westlakes High, There's A New Game. Avoid Suspicion. Manipulate Your Friends. Eliminate Your Enimies. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$61,155 (Mexico) (19 May 2006)

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$61,155 (Mexico) (19 May 2006)
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During the rehearsals for the lying game, the cast had to stay in character. If they ever said their own names by mistake, Wadlow would kick them out the room. See more »

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When Owen and Tom pull Dodger from the pool, her hair is drenched and hanging down over her face. When the camera cuts to Owen's reaction and then back to Dodger, her hair is neatly tucked behind her ear. See more »

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Dodger: Even if any of that were true...
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Incredibly bad slasher film
16 October 2006 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

"Cry Wolf" is a gigantic missed opportunity of a slasher film.

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New student Owen, (Julian Morris) arrives at Westlake College, and falls in with Dodger, (Lindy Booth) and there friends Tom, (Jared Padalecki) Randall, (Jesse Janzen) Lewis, (Paul James) Mercedes, (Sandra McCoy) Graham, (Ethan Cohn) and Regina, (Kristy Wu) a group that loves to play practical jokes on each other. After hearing about a murder off campus, they use it to play an elaborate prank on the entire school by pretending a serial killer is on campus. When the group members start to fall prey to a mysterious killer like the one described in the prank, they start to wonder if it's a game or a real madman on the loose.

The Good News: There are only a couple really decent things about this movie. The most obvious one is the extremely classy sequence inside a library with motion-activated lights overhead. A streak goes by in the background and turns on the lights behind them, and going to investigate, the lights come on behind them, where they were originally standing. As the lights get closer and closer, they decide to hide in the stacks, not moving until their light goes out and hope to not be found. The reveal is a classic twist that works, and it makes the scene really stand-out and suspenseful. A chase through a kitchen later on has the same potential, and is a second great scene. The use of computers and instant messagers does manage to get some more tense scenes later on, but they come off as not really having the same power as the library sequence. The original premise is pretty decent and could've actually helped it out, but that's about it for the film.

The Bad News: This is such a huge letdown that it's hard to know where to start. First off, the PG-13 rating is its hugest obstacle. It never works for a slasher film, as the toning down for the rating robs it of what's the primary focus: blood-letting and sleaze. Both of these are merely and barely hinted at, since it can't become too gory for the younger crowd. This is a serious detriment to the genre as a whole, and would really be better off not being around anymore. The potentially decent storyline is also wasted here as well, since it twists and turns itself around on itself so many times that not only does it contradict itself too many times, it simply makes the whole thing a confused, and really pointless, affair. The constant lying does the film no favors, as instead of making it seem smarter, all it really does is bog down the film by never making sure that keeping it's smart script ahead of everyone else was a top priority. By the time the second or third twist ending comes out, it's tiresome and annoying, and would've just been better off giving us more horror elements instead of playing the ridiculous mind-games. That's another big problem: for a film that claims to be a horror film, beyond one classy set-piece and another one that's decent enough, there's nothing else in here. Everything is wasted, which is such a shame as the potential could've been there. The most obvious of this is the bathroom attack. The set-up is classic and certainly suspenseful, but it's telegraphed so far ahead of time that it's just a matter of impatience until it comes out and gets the surprise, only to find that it was just a bore instead. Not enough horror elements to really be scary, too many twists for it's own good, and a rather weak story sink this one badly.

The Final Verdict: A gigantic missed opportunity, as this could've been a good sleeper. An interesting premise, a great set-up and some good moments here and there, but it's most just a waste. Only recommended for slasher completists, or those who insist on seeing every horror film ever made.

Rated PG-13: Mild Violence and Language


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