Robert Bridgestone takes his son up to a cabin to enjoy some one-on-one family time after all the turbulence caused by his divorce from his wife. Things take an ugly turn, however, when they are attacked by some sort of hairy man-beast! The father manages to fight off and kill their attacker, but not before he is bitten. Before long, some very gruesome deaths occur in the area and his son Richie begins to suspect that something horrific is happening to his father. Suddenly going back up to that cabin doesn't seem like such a fun prospect after all ...
Somehow I was expecting this movie to be a family-friendly made-for-TV sort of affair. As it turns out it is more along the lines of genuine B-movie horror, complete with spectacular deaths and a few grisly moments. The story is almost emotionally engaging and has a fair amount of originality to it, even if the performances aren't of an especially high standard. That only adds to the B-movie charm, and this is certainly a movie that knows what it's going for. It just works. In a way, it also makes an interesting precursor to the excellent 1996 movie "Bad Moon", since there are number of similarities in the story.
The central metaphor of the story, arguably, is that the fact that the father's family has fallen apart because his wife accuses him of being chauvinist - so then he goes and turns into a genuinely primitive creature. The movie doesn't smack you around the head with that metaphor, though, which is quite nice. As things play out you honestly don't know where it's all going to end up - will they figure out how to stop the curse? Will the father die? How many lives will he take before the end?
"The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" is one of my favourite werewolf movies of the 70s, and one I would definitely recommend to other werewolf movie fans.
I saw this movie on TV in 1982, when I was 6 years old. I've been keeping an eye out for it ever since, because it scared me like nothing else. Scared me to the point of always keeping an eye out for werewolves, to this day, when I am in the woods and it's dark. I'd love if anyone knew where I could get a copy. Best werewolf movie ever, in my incredibly time-biased opinion.
This is a very good movie. The werewolf is seen quite a lot. The story is pretty interesting. It has a hippie jesus freak in it who tries to purify the werewolf.
The werewolf looks ok. I've never been a fan of the werewolf look of the old days. I prefer The Howling and Bad Moon's werewolf look to this one any day. The werewolf kinda looks like a sheepdog. They use pretty good dissolve effect for the werewolf transformation scenes. I think this film is worth seeing if you can find it.
Okay, there is a LOT of folklore contained within this movie ... Werewolves, our plucky young hero explains, can be killed in three ways. They can be stuck through the heart, bashed around the head with something silver, or killed with wolfbane - a mysterious plant which blooms only in the full moon and can suffocate werewolves.
Given that he is such an expert on the subject, it takes quite a while for him to put two and two together and realise that his dad, who has been bitten by a werewolf, might just be turning into one. But that's dumb kids for you, I guess! The family's psychiatrist explains more of the legend to us, including transformation at the full moon and the idea that a werewolf's index fingers are meant to be longer than the rest.
There is also an interesting scene involving a commune of Christian hippies. These particular hippies seem to be a bit confused about their religious beliefs, especially since they keep going on about the Earth-mother and the pentagram. In fact, they paint a pentagram on the earth in order to hold a "prayer meeting", and our lycanthopric protagonist finds himself unable to enter.
The werewolf design in this movie is actually above average for the era, though it does look better when they show it in darkness than by the light of day. It even has a protruding snout, which is very rare - perhaps even a first? I'm not quite sure. Anyway, it's a pretty good costume, even if they do show rather too much of it.
Our werewolf behaves in strange ways in this movie - apparently it is capable of abstract thought, and at one point even digs a hole with a shovel. Why does it bother having claws, I wonder?