Theatrical Release: September 16, 2005


After one too many incidents of bad behavior at his last school, Owen Matthews (Julian Morris) is sent to prestigious Westlake Prep – where a young woman has recently been found murdered in the dark woods near the boarding school’s campus. Owen quickly falls in with the school’s unofficial “liar’s club,” and he and his new friends decide to expand their game’s reach beyond campus, by spreading an online rumor that a serial killer called “The Wolf” committed the recent murder and is planning to strike again. The mischievous group’s descriptions of “The Wolf’s” intended victims are based on the people they know best – each other. Only when the school’s journalism teacher, Rich Walker (Jon Bon Jovi), warns the group about internet predators does Owen begin to regret sending their falsified story into cyberspace. When the described “victims” suddenly start to disappear, Owen and his friends are no longer able to determine where the lies end and the truth begins.

Dove Review

Before I saw “Cry_Wolf”, I figured it would be another lame attempt at a slasher film. However, I have to admit it was cleverly written. I had figured out who the “villain” was, and the reason he/she was, just not in the exact manner that was revealed at the conclusion. The movie also effectively uses its “obvious” suspects, not allowing the audience to completely dismiss them. This film serves as more of a psychological thriller than a horror film, which it is portrayed by the previews.

To my surprise, other than language, this film was within Dove’s standards. I understand how filmmaker’s believe that fowl language makes their films more believable, but this movie would’ve been just as entertaining and effective without it. Dove cannot recommend this film.

Content Description

Sex: Implied sexual relationship between a student and teacher; guy makes joke about a girl only blowing her hair, not her boyfriend; guy states he’s all about his “hook-up” weekend.
Language: 1 S, 5 B, 4 A, 3 H, 2 Sl*t, 2 J, B*stard, p*ssed used couple times.
Violence: Mostly implied violence. You don’t actually see any of the murders, but they are implied. For instance, you hear a gunshot when two people are wrestling, and then see a blood spot on a person’s shirt, but not a bullet penetrating the body. Same with the knife murders- you see the arm making a stabbing motion, but nothing gruesome is seen. Man gets punched in face; blood trails seen on floors. Hand shown with two fingers missing.
Drugs: Underage drinking shown.
Nudity: Girl shown in her pajamas, which consist of short shorts; girls shown in their bra, pictures of a girl in her bra.
Occult: None


Company: Focus Features
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge