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''Cry_Wolf'' is a PG-13–rated horror film from 2005.

It involves a bunch of teenagers who, after hearing of the death of someone near their posh private school, decide to do a hoax serial killer story. Then things start to awry when the main hero, Owen, gets mysterious messages from his IM account, claiming that the serial killer is here and ready to strike again...

The film contains a top-drawer performance from Lindy Booth as a [[FilleFatale sexpot schoolgirl]]. The movie also features Julian Morris, [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi]], Gary Cole and Creator/JaredPadalecki.

''For the trope, see CryingWolf.''
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!!Contains examples of:

* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler: Dodger gets everything she wants, exactly as she planned it.]]
* BatmanGambit: Owen pulls this on Mr. Walker, and the patsies are the administration.
* BoardingSchool
* BrickJoke: The scene where the group discusses previous "victims" includes a comment about the murderer hiding in the back seat of a car, which is instantly dismissed as cliché. [[spoiler:When Owen starts up Tom's car, Mercedes is in the back seat. Bonus points for Owen's attempt to subvert [[AlwaysMale another trope]] in character while doing so.]]
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: OK, technically it's not a Roman Catholic school, but "Dodger" walks squarely into this trope.
* TheChessmaster
* CryingWolf: The film carries the tagline "You lie, you die."
* DeathByGenreSavvy: In a way. [[spoiler: One of the characters uses the other characters' knowledge of HorrorTropes to cause another character to kill a man she wants revenge on, making this [[MindScrew murder by genre savvy by proxy.]]]]
%%* DeceasedFallGuyGambit
* EvilRedhead: [[spoiler:Dodger]]
* FilleFatale
* HeroesWantRedheads: This is the case with Owen and Dodger, at least until TheReveal.
* {{Homage}}: The scene where [[spoiler:Dodger pretends to drown in the pool]] is a clear homage to ''Film/FridayThe13th1980''.
* HotForStudent: Dodger and Mr. Walker.
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler: Dodger's]] plan would have fallen apart instantly had any number of perfectly likely things happened.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Dodger]]
* MeaningfulName: Dodger. [[spoiler: As in she ''dodges'' [[KarmaHoudini karma]]]].
* NeverTrustATrailer: Contrary to what the marketing would have us believe, ''Cry_Wolf'' is not a slasher movie (though it does intentionally employ many tropes of the genre), and its lack of graphic violence is [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. Most of the footage in the trailer is not in the movie at all and is in fact contradictory to the movie.
* ProductPlacement: AOL, Chrysler and [[EveryoneOwnsAMac Apple]]. Justified, in the case of Chrysler, as the film was financed as part of contest. The story can be found on the DVD extras.
* UnreliableVoiceover
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Owen.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Happens quite often to Owen, who is both genuinely likable and highly amoral. He could be a MagnificentBastard, but, as Dodger tells him, he's "too nice."
* WithFriendsLikeThese: All over the place. Despite being a group of friends, they seem to play tricks on each other ''often''.
* WrongGenreSavvy: It's only at the very end that it becomes clear [[spoiler: this isn't a slasher film. It's a film noir.]]
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler:Dodger]]

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