[Originally published in Movietone News 26, October 1973]
Two things are tentatively okay about The Boy Who Cried Werewolf: A lot of it is filmed on location in some piney mountain country, and the film thereby falls heir to those vagrant chills that any horror movie shot in a real place with some sense of isolation about it can count on. Besides that, screenwriter Bob Homel has some completely irrelevant but amusing moments as a goodtime Jesus freak. Regrettably he is outpointed on the laugh meter by the star werewolf whose behavior before launching an attack invariably recalls Groucho Marx crouching on the opera-box railing and calling “Boogie! Boogie! boogie!” in mid-performance. As for the detestable sub-adolescent of the title, all he had to say at any point was: “All right, sheriff, then answer me this: why is the werewolf always wearing Daddy’s jacket?”
THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF
Direction: Nathan Juran. Screenplay: Bob Homel. Cinematography: Michael P. Joyce. Music: Ted Stovall. Production: Aaron Rosenberg.
The Players: Kerwin Mathews, Scott Sealey, Elaine Devry, Robert Wilke, Bob Homel, George Gaynes.
Copyright © 1973 by Richard T. Jameson