Movie Review: Cry_Wolf (2005) – It Came So Close.

The other day I vowed to start watching more horror movies. I kept this promise by watching one that very same night.

cry_wolf-6Cry_Wolf was a strange movie, but at the same time, a great one to start my reviewing off with. The initial set up had me nestled down and expecting a run of the mill slasher. Rich kids at a fancy school, daddy issues, boundary issues, and a secret society (club) consisting of old friends and of course, the new guy. They play a game. A game of lies. It is a drunken, sorority version of the childhood favourite of Duck-Duck-Goose.

Cry-Wolf-2005-movie-posterThe aim of the game is take turns in guessing who is lying. The winner determined either by one finding the ‘liar’ or the liar escaping unsuspected, get a pile of money.

The first part of the movie is relatively boring, until they decide to spice up the game. Taking on the whole school, by creating a serial killer. As luck would have it, a young girl in their town had just been found murdered. What a perfect preface. All goes along boringly until the killer appears. The character they conjured comes to life and starts stalking the newbie, the one whose brain power had been used to create the fake back story of a killer.

This is where the film will either get interesting, or lose you, depending on what you are looking for. It is also att his point cry wolf the teamwhere the movie loses the moniker of being a boring slasher movie.

Members of the group start disappearing, and it become clear that the new guy in town is the object of his affection. Members of their group fall away, claimed to be victims, but no bodies are found, and barring a small drop of blood on a removed tongue piercing the movie is clean.

This film was so close to being very clever, that you are willing yourself to be drawn deeper into the world, but even the presence of Bon Jovi as the journalism teacher and pseudo-antagonist for the lead characters subconscious has everything fall just short. 39188_jon_bon_jovi

Is the killer real? Is it all just in the imagination of the new guy on campus, or perhaps it is all just one big lie! Did the game ever end?

I desperately wanted to like this movie. I wanted to love it, but ultimately I ended up feeling uncertain. The movie was made on a budget after the director – Jeff Wadlow – won a million dollar fund at a film festival. Unlike many low-budget horror movies, it was clear that this one was had a purpose, it had a goal and it was so close to hitting it.

At the end of the day however, I would rather watch a film like Cry_Wolf which makes the effort and falls short than I would a cliché ridden slasher that never tried.

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Where Have All the Horror Movies Gone?

Where oh where can they be…. oh, there they are.

There as a time when I watched a lot of horror movies. I read books and watched movies. The combination of movies and books made for a great team. As time has gone by however, I find myself watching films less and less. I watch a lot of series with my wife, in the evenings, but horror films have fallen by the wayside.It might have something to do with me making her watch the Evil Dead remake.

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In any case, I really want to get back into watching horror movies. They were always a great way to escape. I follow a wonderful movie review blog ‘Witten in Blood’ and every time I read a new review I tell myself I should watch a movie. Well, today I have decided, at least once a week I will pick a horror film at random and watch it. I may review it on here, I may not, but I will watch them. Not for my writing, not for anything other than the simple fact I enjoy watching them. Entertainment. I believe that is the word.

The thing that I am worried about is, I watch a lot of series with my wife. I really like them, but they change your view of things. Series a long running and characters are built up slowly and well. They are three-dimensional. I am worried that moving to films I will struggle with the pacing. Will events happen too quickly? Will the pacing be wrong?

Maybe I am just rambling, but it is a Sunday afternoon, and the time for my brain to unwind. There is no work and no stresses, and random musings are the order of the day.

New Novels and New Opportunities; A Productive End to 2014

It’s been a little while since I wrote a post. This is due to a combination of reasons. One, I’ve be damned busy – at home and work – and the second is because I didn’t really have anything to say. I don’t want to fill this site with mindless drivel. There are plenty of other places for that online. As I said, I’ve been remarkably busy these past few weeks. I was on a big (personal) deadline to finish my last novel (call it a long novella at 53k or a short novel). I started writing it, longhand in May, and it just sat still while I wallowed in my ‘dark period’ a few months ago. I finished it, and just love how it came out. It is dark and twisted, and just comes at you from all sides. Nobody will be able to predict this one.

The initial feedback from my beta readers has said just that. In short, I’m really excited about getting this one out there. It is now in the hands of my wonderful editor. All I need now is a cover and a title. The current one just doesn’t really work.

I am now working on a short story for an anthology submission which I hope to have finish – long hand – by the end of the coming week and typed up the week after. After that it will be on with a new novel.

There are so many trying to force their way out of my mind, but Highway III really needs to be the one I work on first. I am going to write this one longhand also. I am  is falling hard for this writing method quite heavily, and really enjoy the connection to the story. All I need is for my handwriting to become halfway legible and I will be away.

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In other news, I have now uploaded Blood of the Tainted to Createspace. The image above, a tribal ‘bat’ is used in the novel as a chapter header. I did the formatting myself, which is not a huge ask, but I felt good fo it. The most satisfying is that I made the full cover wrap myself also. Now to hope it comes out ok.

With funds for things like writing being as minimal as they are, I need to find a way to become more self-sufficient, and creating my own covers is a good place to start.   It feels good to be writing again, and getting everything back on track. I want to keep this momentum building as we enter the new year (yes, it realy is getting time to pull that phrase out of the cupboard again).

It is approaching a busy time of year in our household, with Sinterklaas has arrived which means the kids are hyper about gettnig their presents, and we have a birthday separating the Sint and Christmas – Logan turns 6 – so I am going to have to dedicate some time to freelance work, in order to be able to get the gifts and things without being clobbered by debt in January.

I start a new job in the new year, and I am really excited about it. It promises to be a great challenge, lots of room for me to develop and grow my skills, and my evenings will be free once more to work on my writing.