The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)
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It really is a rather intriguing story. A boy (Scott Sealey) and his father (Kerwin Matthews) are taking a night time walk through the woods while visiting their cabin when they're suddenly attacked by a werewolf. The father fights the beast off but gets bitten, and - well, you know what happens. The kid starts seeing this werewolf all around the area of the cabin, runs to tell his dad but can never find him. He finally puts it all together and tries to tell everyone and anyone (the local sheriff, his mother) that his dad's a werewolf. They all pat him on the head and say "right, kid." In the midst of the movie there's inexplicably a hippy commune of Jesus freaks who seem to have little purpose except to provide some comic relief.
I liked this movie. It gets lousy reviews, but something about it appeals to me. To each his own, I guess. To me, this gets an 8/10!
The acting is certainly nothing stellar, but the setting more than made up for it, in my mind.The TV -repairman attack scene is high camp, but some of the woodsy chase clips are quite fun.I also really liked the musical score.
The acting and the special effects are not bad for a limited budget film. The scenery is beautiful. The story is interesting in-spite of how the plot summery reads (which makes it sound quite boring) but does sum up the flick in a nutshell. Believe it or not, the movie is action packed from the get-go to the finish line!
The "Hippie God Freaks" are quite funny! I believe they are there to show the contrast of good vs evil as well as provide some comic relief.
The movie ends somewhat differently than most people would expect - which is a pleasant surprise to the viewer.
8 out of 10
Universal certainly got their money's worth; milking their original property, the classic Wolfman for characters and set pieces. There is the gentle, caring man who is cursed to kill strangers and even tries to kill the one he loves. There are the gypsies turned hippies that shout warnings of impending doom. Oh, and don't forget that it takes silver to kill a werewolf.
I watched this one again 15 years later and I saw it for the B-Movie that it was, but I'll still hold a special place for it in my heart because it did what movies are supposed to do: transported me someplace else, got me interested in the characters and best of all, it TRULY SCARED me!
I thought this was a very effective early seventies monster movie! It took some time in developing the character's in the family (Robert, Sandy and Richie), and therefore you felt for them and wanted them to succeed as a family unit. A lot of movies don't do that obviously, and therefore you don't care if they live or die most of the time. You don't really see a lot of the kills, and most of the scenes with the werewolf are in the dark. The werewolf costume/effects are basically that of a stunt man running around with a mask on, but for it's time of 1973 I think it worked well! It had the appearance of both man and wolf.
Acting was pretty good throughout. Matthews and Devry do well as the parents who are in the midst of a separation. Scott Sealey did good as the little boy, and his character had a very "Leave it to Beaver" feel to it. I really liked 'The Boy Who Cried Werewolf'. It moved at a pretty fast pace for a majority of the time, and manages to grasp my attention throughout. The ending is pretty good as well, both sad and shocking. It's not perfect, but worth a look if it pops up on TV late one night.
I have been searching all these years for this movie. I am upset that I haven't seen it for 35 years, but it has stayed with me.
Please, please someone tell me where and how I can see this movie again! With all the silly movies that have gone on to DVD, this TREASURE has not and I'm very sad about it :(
All I can do is read about it and all the comments here. I joined this site as a last resort to find a recording of it.
One of the users told us that he/she saw it on AMC Fear Friday, so I am going to go to the site and see if I can find out when it will be aired next, or possibly, I can BEG them to air it again!
For me, this was the greatest werewolf move of all time!!!
EDIT: Good news! It's now available on DVD.....just google the name. I should receive it any day now....I'm so excited! :)
Originally paired with "Sssssss" by Universal as a double-bill, "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" is a kitschy and spirited offering that is a far cry from classic werewolf films like "The Wolf Man," but manages to carve a marginal albeit unique identity of its own. The plot set-up that begins briskly in the opening scene is completely arbitrary, and the rest of the film seems to follow suit. Everything from the hokey rural policemen to the comedic hippie cult is utterly random, but it is these touches that really make the film weirdly memorable.
It's wildly atmospheric and at times feels like an ABC "Movie of the Week" circa 1973, though it boasts some mild violence and a handful of great sequences featuring the werewolf (the camper attack is fantastic). It's also beautifully-shot and extremely colorful—blue waterscapes and the lush green forests in which the film is set create gorgeous contrasts with the characters in the frame.Kerwin Mathews and Elaine Devry are solid leads as the two parents, and an array of mostly unknown actors fill out the rather large cast. The film does seem to start and stop its momentum as it shifts between the character locales, but the amalgamation of them in the final act is satisfying, though the ending is unexpectedly downbeat and actually tragic.
Overall, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film in spite of the fact that I don't tend to gravitate toward werewolf stories. In some regard, "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" is a family drama of sorts with a mere horror backdrop, and that also makes it unique. If one can get past some dated special effects (the werewolf makeup, however, is very good) and some wobbly supporting performances, this is an enjoyable and atmospheric seventies flick that wonderfully captures the era as well as its spirit of B-horror films. 7/10.
This one here was a pretty enjoyable if problematic effort. What really helps this one is the actual build-up throughout here that manages to come along fairly nicely whether or not he's been turned or not. The best part about the storyline here about being adopted from the popular short-story means that the suspense it builds about him makes for a fun time as his stories become more and more outlandish while giving the film a nice bit of action to make them a little more believable. The opening attack in the woods comes off rather nicely with the darkened forest setting giving this one a great location for the wrestling action that unfolds, his first transformation attack on the cars out on the highway gives this some enjoyable moments throughout, and the attacks out in the woods as he goes after the religious camp set up there which is the highlight of the film. As well, even bringing along the big house ambush where he escapes out into the woods chasing after the family and must be tracked down by the posse through the woods,which makes for a wholly fun way this one plays around with the storyline that comes into play here utilizing the short tale. Along with these fine action scenes, it's enough to give this one enough to like that it can somewhat overcome it's few minor flaws. Though it's admirable going for a more canine-ish look for the creature, there's just no way this one comes off any way other than goofy with the make-up utilized here as the shaggy puppy look is just way too comical to be taken seriously and the old-school frame-by-frame manner of showing the transformation is ludicrous for the way it has to have him freeze during the process where it looks really cheap. Likewise, the factor of introducing the goofy religious cult when it doesn't really affect the film at all doesn't make any sense as they're not attacked in any way to bump up the body-count and don't offer any way of stopping or explaining his rampage so there's barely any reason for them to be there. Otherwise this one wasn't all that bad.
Rated Unrated/PG-13: Violence and Language.
I must say, this has got to be one of the worst horror movies ever made and yet it remains one of my odd-ball favorites. The acting is sub- par and the script could have been written by a grounded teenager who was banished to his room for the weekend. Surprisingly, the makeup artist did a great job with portraying the werewolf and this was the most convincing aspect of the entire movie.
So why is this one of my favorites? Because it's such a hoot. The story line seems like it will work, but the actors quickly set you straight. They say their lines like they're reading off cue cards. The props and scenery are terrible. There seems to be a werewolf loose who's killing people, but no one seems overly concerned. You almost get the feeling you're watching a Saturday Night Live skit.
Only the little boy, out of the entire town, has figured out that his own father is the werewolf. Even the mother shows no emotion as her husband is acting erratic and wild. In fact, the kid say "My dad's the werewolf" tons of times but it's like he's talking to invisible people because no one reacts. The whole production is fun and campy!
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf was a perfect movie for a boy my age – I'm guessing I was 4-5 years old when I remember seeing or hearing about this. It's an all-but rated G monster movie – and a werewolf, my favorite kind of monster as a kid – with a super amount of scenes with the creature (something sorely lacking in 90% of all werewolf films.) And it's certainly not for adults.
There are times I laughed out loud at this. From the same clothes the wolf-man wore – and still, no one believe the movie title's statement, to the countless and continual full-moons, to the mask the actor wore that revealed a hairless neck, to the incontinuities and finally to the most distracting part: the movie that takes place mostly at night during those 15 full moons that month, it was shot entirely during the day but the camera tricks made it into "night."
Not much new in this story, just a riff off of the old Boy Who Cried Wolf fable. Man gets bitten by a werewolf in the opening scene, werewolf dies, man turns into werewolf when the moon's full, only child knows it and the town finally believes him. Or is it too late?
It's passable. Like I said, it's a monster movie made for kids, but I'm thinking more like the kids of the 1970s and 1980s. Today, children might laugh as hard as I did at times as much as they've seen. I mean, we even having a real-life monster running for President. Hope he just goes back to being the monster of his haunted towers after November 8th.
Final thoughts: Day 8 Movie in the Can! I'm watching a NEW-2-ME horror movie every day of October 2016 and this one is such a distant memory of mine. It came out 1973, I was born the year after so if I did see it, it must've been on TV in the late 70s. All the flaws I stated above certainly didn't mean anything to me, if I did actually see it. I mean, I couldn't get enough of the Wolf-Man, especially the kind that turns into a man-wolf, vs. just a regular wolf. Bah! Can't stand those kinds. (The exception to my rule is Jack Nicholson's Wolf where he did turn into an actual wolf. And that's only passable because the movie itself was so damn good. I forgave he wasn't a full-man-beast.)
That's a decent enough premise, but the movie is just not very good. It's Hella entertaining at times, but that's only because it's so damn laughable at those times. The filmmakers don't seem to have their tongues in their cheeks or be going for a spoof approach; most things are played pretty straight. But it's too hard not to snicker, even during some of the more horror-oriented moments. The characters are at least reasonably engaging, although the hippie commune leader, played by screenwriter Bob Homel, wears out his welcome in a hurry. (All of the scenes at the commune are pretty ridiculous.) Overall, the movie is a little too silly to really work. The werewolf makeup by Tom Burman is pretty amusing, to say the least.
This was the third and final pairing of cult filmmaker Nathan Juran and fantasy star Mathews; they'd previously worked together on "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" and "Jack the Giant Killer". It also marked Mathews' last feature length appearance in a motion picture before retiring; the only thing he did afterwards was a special appearance in a "movie within the movie" in "Nightmare in Blood". Mathews is okay, but you have to feel a little embarrassed for him. Gorgeous Elaine Devry is fine as the mother, and Sealey is appealing as the kid. The supporting cast is largely nondescript, with the exceptions of veteran character actor Robert J. Wilke as the Sheriff, and George Gaynes as the psychiatrist.
By all means, seek this one out if you're looking for a fun bad movie, but don't expect any more than that.
Six out of 10.
Nathan Juran directs and Ted Stovall provides some very good scene punctuation. More schlock than scare; but a fun watch. Other players: Susan Foster, Jack Lucas, Elaine Devry, George Gaynes and Loretta Temple.
Particularly unremarkable and unstylish - the title is also irritatingly reflective of what goes on in the film, for the boy rarely lets up about his dad!