Directed by Jeff Wadlow
Written by Jeff Wadlow & Beau Bauman
Cinematography by Romeo Tirone
Music by Michael Wandmacher
Cast: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared padalecki & Jon Bon Jovi
2005/91 mins/Color/5.1 Dolby Digital
2.35:1 anamorphic/English/US/NTSC Region 1
Review from Universal DVD
After the brutal murder of a young woman, a gang of rich spoiled teens spread a hoax through emails about a serial killer on campus at their prestigious college. Whats starts out as a simply game of lies come face-to-face, turns into a bloody mess for most of them. Soon everyone feels the blade of the killer known as "The Wolf". Now they can't trust each other.
Now let me get straight to the point... avoid this piece of celluloid crap, at all cost! CRY_WOLF is the prime exemple of why most of the horror movies from Hollywood mostly suck! And don't think that this Unrated version will be wroth the extra money, the only reason its Unrated is because it wasn't submitted to the MPAA that way. Most of the killings are beyond lame and appear offscreen, the annoying Brit guy was driving me nuts and it tries to much to hip and cool. Not even Lindy Booth could save this one. Oh, and did I mentioned the fact that Jon Bon Jovi is in this one! Yeah, Jon Bon Jovi... if this movie had been done in 1988 I could have understood by now?
My biggest problem with CRY_WOLF is that the movie doesn't know what it wants to be? Is it a slasher? Nope. Is it a thriller? Nope. Does it sucks? Yes! Still the killer looks kinda cool and reminded me a little of the one in Sergio Martino's amazing giallo, TORSO.
CRY_WOLF cuts its way into DVD "thanks" to Universal/Rogue Pictures. As expected from any new movies, the 2.35:1 anamorphic image looks fairly good. There is no compression or artifacts but some grain. The 5.1 Dolby Digital is nothing impressive but does a good job apart from the almost none usage of the rear speakers. We also get optional English, French and Spanish subtitles. Director Jeff Wadlow, producer Beau Bauman and editor Seth Gordon are featured all together on an interesting commentary track. The problem is that this movie is so dull that there's no way I will watch it again, even with the commentary track on. We get 4 deleted or extended scenes with optional commentary by the director for a total of 13 minutes. The other "Alternate scene" is longer version of the whole game sequence explaination... wasnt this already way too long for nothing? "Behind the Scenes" is an ok featurette on the making of the movie. "Before they Cried" is the only worthy extra, its a collection of the short films, 'The Tower of Babble', 'Manual Labor' and 'Wolves, Sheep and Sheperds', Director Jeff Wadlow did before the abomination that is CRY_WOLF.
We also get previews for BRICK, RED EYE and THE SKELETON KEY. The movie is separated in 18 chapters, comes in a keep case with no booklet or inlay card and features animated menus. Oh, and did I mentioned the fact that Jon Bon Jovi is in this one!
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2005. ©