is a PG-13–rated horror film from 2005.
It involves a bunch of teenagers at a secluded boarding school who, after hearing rumors about a local murder, decide to play a mass prank of sorts, using common Slasher Film
tropes to invent a serial killer and spread fear throughout the campus. It turns out the joke's on them, as they begin to receive threatening messages from someone claiming to be the serial killer they invented.
The film contains a top-drawer performance from Lindy Booth as a sexpot schoolgirl
. The movie also features Julian Morris, Jon Bon Jovi
, Gary Cole and Jared Padalecki
.For the trope, see Crying Wolf.
Contains examples of:
- The Bad Guy Wins: Dodger gets everything she wants, exactly as she planned it.
- Batman Gambit:
- Owen pulls this on Mr. Walker, and the patsies are the administration.
- Dodger's whole plan is a giant Batman Gambit.
- Boarding School
- Brick Joke: 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. When Owen starts up Tom's car, Mercedes is in the back seat. Bonus points for Owen's attempt to subvert another trope in character while doing so.
- Catholic School Girls Rule: OK, technically it's not a Roman Catholic school, but "Dodger" walks squarely into this trope.
- The Chessmaster: Owen makes a hobby of it. He's an amateur compared to Dodger.
- Crying Wolf: The film carries the tagline "You lie, you die."
- Death By Genre Savvy: In a way. One of the characters uses the other characters' knowledge of Horror Tropes to cause another character to kill a man she wants revenge on, making this murder by genre savvy by proxy.
- Evil Redhead: Dodger
- Fille Fatale
- Heroes Want Redheads: This is the case with Owen and Dodger, at least until The Reveal.
- Homage: The scene where Dodger pretends to drown in the pool is a clear homage to Friday the 13th (1980).
- Hot for Student: Dodger and Mr. Walker.
- Gambit Roulette: Dodger's plan would have fallen apart instantly had any number of perfectly likely things happened.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog
- Karma Houdini: Dodger
- Meaningful Name: Dodger. As in she dodges karma.
- Never Trust a Trailer: 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 justified. Most of the footage in the trailer is not in the movie at all and is in fact contradictory to the movie.
- Product Placement: AOL, Chrysler and 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.
- Unreliable Voiceover
- Unwitting Pawn: Owen.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Happens quite often to Owen, who is both genuinely likable and highly amoral. He could be a Magnificent Bastard, but, as Dodger tells him, he's "too nice."
- With Friends Like These...: All over the place. Despite being a group of friends, they seem to play tricks on each other often.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: It's only at the very end that it becomes clear this isn't a slasher film. It's a film noir.
- Yandere: Dodger