Owen arrives from England to start at a new college in
America. Here he meets the beautiful but mischievous Dodger,
who introduces him to a close-knit group of friends. At night
they play a game of Wolf and Sheep in the chapel. The others
are disappointed when Owen watches for body language and wins
the game. Dodger proposes a bigger game where the group are
wolves and the rest of the school sheep. When a female student
goes missing in the woods, Owen proposes that they create
a serial killer, give him an easily obtainable mask and clothing,
and make him responsible. They even go so far as to create
a previous string of fictitious killings. An e-mail reporting
the news in detail is mass-circulated to the students. Owen
and Dodger stand back to see how things pan out, only to discover
there is a real killer on campus, garbed in the same outfit.
He knows who sent the e-mail and sets out to kill the members
of the group in the prescribed manner...
sounds like a Ten Little Indians scenario, but that
couldn't be further from the truth. The first third of the
film works best, with the bemused Owen being integrated into
Dodger's game, and the setting-up of the massive ruse by e-mail.
The replies from the killer dubbed The Wolf by Owen, and subsequent
correspondence between the two, is also edgy. However, the
moment the killer is seen (resplendent in orange ski-mask)
the created suspense is lost.
Wolf quickly reduces itself to the status of average teen
slasher movie. It reminded me of a cross between Urban
Legend and Scream. Certainly it's not giving too
much away to reveal that the Scream premise of making
the killer's identity difficult to ascertain by making it
more than one person is used again here.
Wolf has its good and bad points, which if nothing else
makes for interesting discussion after viewing. The generally
good performances make a flawed film a joy to watch. The main
students all have a particular charisma which makes you forget
they are promising actors. Both Owen and Dodger have that
aforementioned mischievousness, but it must be said she does
a much better sexy / scheming than she does screaming / crying.
Also very good is Owen's roommate Tom, played by Jared Padalecki
(star of the excellent ITV 1 & 2 series from America, Supernatural).
I'm not sure if I should mention that aside from Gary Cole,
singer Jon Bon Jovi is also in the cast.
include: Deleted & Extended Scenes; an Alternate Scene; Behind
the Scenes; Before They Cried Wolf - The Filmmakers'
Short Films; Theatrical Trailer; and a Commentary by Jeff
Wadlow, Beau Bauman and Seth Gordon (who between them wrote,
produced, edited and directed the film).