Low intensity, watered down horror; with a twist...
Andrew Ellington | I'm kind of everywhere | 06/23/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"To be honest, I actually find the concept behind this film to be rather intriguing. I hate that it was thrown together so sloppily, because now that the `twist' has been used it will be harder for others to use it more creatively. That said, the film is far from the train-wreck that so many want you to think that it is. I'm keeping this short, since I don't want to give away too much (and for some reason I'm getting used to this `short review' idea). Basically, the film consists of some school kids who decide to prank the school by creating a fake killer who winds up spawning a real killer who starts hacking up some kids, except everyone thinks the kids are still `crying wolf'. Acting wise, it's hit and miss (Julian Morris and Lindy Booth being the `hit', Bon Jovi being the `miss'), but overall it's the structure of the film that kind of sinks it. The PG-13 rating doesn't help much, but then again I have seen some `horror' films that made the best of their rating restrictions by creating surmountable terror without the gore, and `Cry_Wolf' could have done that as well, but it lacks the intensity needed to make this film as good as it could have been. Consider this light-weight teen horror with a twist. It's worth seeing at least once."