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Cry Wolf (2005)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erica Yates ...
Jane Beard ...
Miss McNally
Mr. Matthews
Sabrina Gilbert ...
Game Player
Ashleigh Pixley ...
Game Player
Shauna Sauls ...
Game Player
Ranel Johnson ...
Game Player


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Living the Lie  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,428,209 (USA) (18 September 2005)


$10,047,674 (USA) (3 November 2005)

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Did You Know?


The pool scene had to be shot in half a day because the water generator suddenly shorted out on the day of filming. Jeff Wadlow performed the stunt before Julian Morris to make him more confident in the scene. See more »


(at around 43 mins) When Owen says, "Be quiet, I'm trying to work on this story. It's due tomorrow," you can hear him typing, but there is nothing written on the screen. See more »


Tom: [after shaking Owen's hand] I just beat off.
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Spoofs Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »


I've Seen Those Eyes
Written by Paul Masvidal and R. Walter Vincent
Performed by Æon Spoke (as Aeon Spoke)
Courtesy of Position Music
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Cry Wolf, ooh oooh, time to worry.
2 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Of course, the title of this review will only make sense to those familiar with the pop song of the same name by Norwegian popsters A-ha. The cheesy song, warbled with gusto by the angular faced Morten Harket, is considerably better than the film of the same name. In fact, running the tune on a continuous loop for 94 minutes is far more appealing than ever having to sit through this movie again.

Directed by Jeff Wadlow, who used the money he won at the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival to fund the project, film has a smart premise and big ambitions. Unfortunately the premise, kids at posh prep school play a lying game and invent a serial killer-who surprise to surprise comes real, is not exploited to any level of decent entertainment, horror, thriller or otherwise. It's badly acted by Julian Morris (amusingly over emphasising his English accent like he is auditioning for Twelfth Night), Jared Padalecki (who acted better when ensconced in wax in House of Wax also released this same year) and Jon Bon Jovi (out acted by his hair), while its surprisingly short on frights; or blood for that matter.

Clearly trying to craft a thinking mans slasher, Wadlow instead gets confused and winds up with a standard film of red herrings and annoying by the numbers privileged teenagers. The script is a garbled mess, stretching credibility to unacceptable levels, and even when it gets into a groove of "complex" speak, it comes out as false. The one shining light is Lindy Booth, who positively sauces her way thru the movie, making a standard horror female character far better than it is on the page. But alas, she can't drag the others with her, hamstrung by a rookie director out of his league. The subsequent non film career of all involved speaks volumes. 2/10

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