Film: Cry_Wolf

Cry_Wolf 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. So giant that it's actually a Gambit Roulette.
  • 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.