The kiddies deserve some tamer terror for the Halloween season, and that’s precisely what Nickelodeon is scaring up with its original movie The Boy Who Cried Werewolf. Not to be confused with the 1973 flick of the same name about a young boy who discovers his father is a hippie-hating werewolf. Though I am a little confused given this Boy Who Cried Werewolf is actually about a teenage girl who turns into a tween wolf.
Victoria Justice of the popular Nickelodeon program “Victorious” stars in The Boy Who Cried Werewolf alongside Brooke Shields, once a teen superstar herself, now playing the creepy caretaker of a Romanian castle.
Jordan Sands (Justice) is an awkward, allergy-prone 17-year-old, forced to be the woman of the house after her mother’s death. Her father, David (Matt Winston, Little Miss Sunshine), is struggling to make ends meet while her younger brother, Hunter (Chase Ellison, Tooth Fairy), drives his family crazy with gory pranks. Things start to look up when they inherit their Great Uncle Dragomir Vucovic’s castle in Wolfsberg, Romania, which could relieve them of their financial woes.
After arriving in Wolfsberg during Moonlight Mania, which honors the infamous Wolfsberg Beast, they meet the strange and steely Madame Varcolac (Shields), who currently cares for Uncle Dragomir’s ancient castle. Having spent most of her life as the Wolfsberg Manor housekeeper, Madame V discourages David from selling the property, but perky real estate agent Paulina Von Eckberg (Brooke D’Orsay, Royal Pains) has other plans in mind.
Not everything is what it seems in this town, and the Sands’ visit goes awry when a freak lab accident gradually transforms Jordan into a werewolf. As her body changes, so does her personality, and she becomes a graceful, athletic, self-confident young woman. But Jordan’s dark, hairy side is dangerous to others, and the change confuses her new suitor, Goran (Steven Grayhm), the town’s young, attractive butcher. In order to salvage her crush and return back to her normal self, Jordan must rely on her pesky little brother and Madame V to save her before it’s too late.
I presume the bratty kid brother is the reasoning behind titling the film The Boy Who Cried Werewolf. They should have called it “The Town’s Young, Attractive Butcher” – that description just makes me snicker for some reason.
Director Eric Bross (Vacancy 2: The First Cut) directs from a script by a pair of screenwriters, one with numerous “Power Ranger” episodes to his resume and the other credited as the writer of Fuck: The Movie. I know why that makes me snicker.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf about a girl that becomes a werewolf premieres on Nickelodeon Saturday, October 23, at 8PM (ET). Here’s the preview. Don’t expect to see much werewolf in it, but you will witness the amazing transformation that occurs when a pretty girl with glasses takes them off, puts on some make-up, and suddenly everyone, including herself, reacts like she’s gone from ugly duckling to beautiful swan.
– The Foywonder
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