Ever wondered what would happen if a werewolf pack was duped into taking a camping holiday in the Cotswolds by a pair of revenge seeking tooled up werewolf hunters?
No I can’t say it’s a scenario that ever occurred to me either, but Tony Jopia’s horror comedy Crying Wolf hooked me in from the opening as Gary Martin’s hard-boiled private dick investigates the strange goings on in the village of Deddinghton. A mysterious book that antique shop owner Caroline Munro (Dracula AD1972, Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter) is reluctant to part with, reveals how a very British set of lycans get themselves caught in a trap.
This dysfunctional saloon bar pack, complete with the prematurely aged pipe smoking bore, a middle-aged Lothario, squabbling couple and forgetful pensioner who thinks the international operator is his Russian girlfriend, are soon on a bus out to the wilds (or as wild as England gets anyway) of the Cotswolds. Camp set up, sexual jealousies threaten to split the pack dynamic having been joined by a pair of hitch hiking lady pickpockets.
There’s nods to the classic Amicus Portmanteau horrors of the 1960’s and 1970’s as pack members recall creepy stories, a touch of Carry On/Benny Hill saucy humour and a whiff of Sergio Leone western even if it is with a roll up, just before the pack faces its final bloody showdown when tour leader Ricky Hellsong (Marco Radice) and his sidekick go Rambo on them.
Made over three years on a budget of £12,000 Crying Wolf is the perfect antidote to both Twilight’s squeaky clean six packed werewolves and the ongoing slew of ‘cabin in the woods-bodycount’ movies. Sure the budget precluded the sort of transformation effects seen in A Company of Wolves or An American Werewolf in London, but the prosthetics are pretty good and a bit of clever editing takes care of the rest. Best of all it is pretty funny too, with plenty of slapstick gore and a couple of really good in genre gags. Suck on that Lesbian Vampire Killers!
An awesome piece of punk film making I give Crying Wolf a 666/666
And yes that is Cut! legend and all round good bloke Billy Chainsaw as the antique shop customer!
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