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Film / Never Cry Werewolf

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Never Cry Werewolf is a Syfy Channel Original Movie from 2008 starring Nina Dobrev and Kevin Sorbo.

In the film, Jared Martin moves next door to the Hansetts, along with his hot motorcycle and eerie, ill-tempered dog. Although everyone else in the neighborhood takes an instant liking to him, Loren Hansett can't get over the bad vibes her new neighbor gives her. She starts to spy on his nocturnal activities and comes to believe that a recent killing might the work of a werewolf who happens to be her new neighbor. Her internet surfing provides a lot of collaborative detail but everyone but her friend Steven dismiss her story as teen-aged fantasy. Fearing for her life, she convinces Steven to take her to a gun shop to buy silver bullets in a gun shop, where their neighbor's supernatural dog attacks. When she dispatches the beast, her actions get the attention of Redd Tucker, a washed-up TV hunting show host to believe her as well. When Steven is attacked by the werewolf and Loren's brother goes missing, she and Redd team up to kill the lycanthrope before he can finish them both off.

The film contains the following tropes:

  • The Ageless: Werewolves are this, as Jared is over a hundred years old and he states that werewolves don't age.
  • Alien Blood: Jared's Hell Hound has an abnormally dark and muddy tint to its red blood, almost appearing brown or purple.
  • Angry Guard Dog: Jared's vicious dog serves as the secondary antagonist of the film. It turns out to be a Hell Hound.
  • Asshole Victim: No one seems that sorry for the sex offender Jared killed to complete his transformation ritual.
  • Badass Bystander: Tucker and a lot of the gun store customers, for shooting at the hell hound.
  • Broken Pedestal: Kyle respects Jared and doesn't want to think he's a werewolf.
  • Car Fu: While in his werewolf form, Steven severely weakens Jared by ramming him with a car and pinning him to a tree.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Steven initially just seems to be Kyle's friend, but ends up as the Sidekick, for the second half of the movie.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Steven shows a bit of this behavior towards Loren.
  • Disposable Sex Worker: One of Jared's victims is a prostitute that he brings home. Her demise reveals his true nature to Loren.
    • Averted with a second one who he was planning to kill, but who gets scared and runs off after seeing a warning Loren painted on the wall.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Redd Tucker is considered a poser and washed up by all of the main characters, which he himself doesn't deny. While he is certainly out of his depth dealing with werewolves, he receives absolutely no credit for shooting the hellhound chasing Steven, which a) displayed impressive reflexes and marksmanship, b) would've killed the beast if it hadn't been supernatural, and c) actively saved Steven's life by slowing the beast down enough for them to kill it by supernatural means.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jared seems to care about his dog, and he also mistakes Loren for his long lost love.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Jared when he's speaking with Loren acts nice, even though he's a monster. He also acts nice to his victims to lure them into a false sense of security.
  • For the Evulz: Jared just kills and eats people because he can.
  • Genre Savvy: Loren's friend Angie suggests just calling the police on Jared if it looks like he might be a killer rather than dangerously snoop around by herself (although given how the cops disbelieve Loren that may have been more a case of Wrong Genre Savvy) and knows enough to take off her high-heels to run faster/quieter while being chased by a transformed Jared, albeit it doesn't save her.
  • Great White Hunter: Tucker pretends to be one for his show.
  • Healing Factor: Werewolves and demons have this. When Jared's Hell Hound gets repeatedly shot with regular bullets, while they do penetrate the beast's skin, the wounds seal up almost instantly.
  • Hell Hound: Jared's spooky dog turns out to be a demon of sorts.
  • Idiot Ball: Loren forgetting what happens when a werewolf bites you and only remembering when Steven starts to transform.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Jared eats humans seemingly for fun.
  • It Can Think: Werewolves retain their human minds in this universe. Jared's Hell Hound also shows the ability to understand all of its commands from Jared.
  • Kill It with Fire: In this universe, fire is a werewolf's greatest fear besides silver. Truth in Television, as fire is one of the best weapons against animals, including wolves.
  • Loophole Abuse: Silver bullets are not that easy to come by, so Loren opts for silver forks.
  • Men of Sherwood: In most movies, the crowd of customers in Redd's gun store who join him in trying to kill the undead hellhound would end up as monster chow, but here, they manage to distract the hellhound without being killed by it until Loren uses her knowledge to kill it.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Tucker is overly boastful about how big of a rob he plays in heroics, despite Dude, Where's My Respect? also applying to him.
  • Mysterious Past: We know little of Jared's past. He had a wife at one point who died a long time ago, and he turned himself into a werewolf with a ritual. We never learn why he became a werewolf, how his wife died, or how he got his demon dog.
  • Our Demons Are Different: In this film, demons are Hell Hounds who can take on the forms of regular dogs. They are also weak to silver just like werewolves.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Werewolves in this version keep control over their wolf form (though in this case, he was evil even as a human). They can infect people just by slashing them a bit with their claws rather than bite them, and claim those people's souls, giving them the ability to talk to them telepathically. Their curse can be broken if the werewolf that cursed them is killed prior to midnight of the next full moon. Some also transform themselves voluntarily with a ritual, rather than being infected.
  • Painful Transformation: Steven's transformation into a werewolf is very painful, and involves him throwing up. Jared does not have this since he used a ritual to transform.
  • Pet the Dog: Jared offers Kyle a ride to school on the back of his motorcycle, which impresses the kids there.
  • Product Placement: In-Universe: Angie's mom gave her a car after she got her drivers license, but it's a car advertising her mom's real estate business on the side, and she wouldn't let Angie paint over it.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Jared's demon dog has a purple tint to it in its true form.
  • Recycled In Space: Fright Night (1985) with werewolves!
  • Shown Their Work: In folklore, there actually are ways to willingly become a werewolf using rituals and be able to transform at will whenever they wanted. Originally werewolves were often viewed as evil sorcerers and they did this by magic (in the witch hunt era they were treated as a subset of witches). Being transformed via bite was actually rare in folklore because werewolves rarely left their victims alive.
  • Sinister Shades: Jared wears a pair when he confronts the protagonists at the gun shop.
  • Transformation Trinket: Jared is able to transform at will thanks to a charm made from the skin of a dead man.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jared kidnaps Kyle and plans to eat him.
  • Yandere: Jared. The whole reason he's stalking Loren is because she looks like his dead wife.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Loren shows a lot of this behavior towards her brother, Angie, Stephen and the cops.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: When Loren kills Jared's dog, Jared infects Steven, with the stated purpose of making him his new pet.