The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010 film)
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|The Boy Who Cried Werewolf|
|Directed by||Eric Bross|
|Produced by||Scott McAboy
|Written by||Art Edler Brown
|Music by||John Van Tongeren|
|Editing by||Sue Blainey|
|Production company||Pacific Bay Entertainment|
|Language||English and Romanian|
|Release date||October 23, 2010|
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf is a 2010 Nickelodeon made-for-television film starring Victoria Justice, Chase Ellison, Matt Winston, Brooke D'Orsay, Steven Grayhm, and Brooke Shields. The screenplay was written by Art Edler Brown and Josh Nick. It was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, taking 2 years to complete.
Jordan Sands (Victoria Justice) is an allergy-prone, awkward, nerdy 17-year-old girl forced to be the woman of the house after her mother’s death and has often been bullied by popular girls Ashley Edwards (Andrea Brooks) and Tiffany (Christie Laing). Her embittered widower father David (Matt Winston) is struggling to make ends meet while her younger brother Hunter (Chase Ellison) drives his family crazy with gory pranks. Their financial woes may be relieved when they inherit their Great Uncle Dragomir Ducovic’s castle in Wolfsberg, Romania. After arriving in Wolfsberg during Moonlight Mania which honors the famous Wolfsberg Beast, they meet the strange and steely housekeeper of the castle Madame Varcolac (Brooke Shields), which strangely, every time someone utters her name, a wolf howls.
Having spent most of her life as the Wolfsberg Manor housekeeper, Madame Varcolac discourages David from selling the property, but real estate agent Paulina Von Eckberg (Brooke D'Orsay) has other plans in mind and begins dating David to win him over. The Sands’ strange visit soon goes awry when a freak lab accident in Dragomir's lab occurs in which a vial of LB-217 was broken and Jordan accidentally steps on it upon her and Hunter being surprised by a flock of bats. After Hunter removes the vial shard from the sole of Jordan's foot, Jordan starts to develop a transformation into a werewolf, signs such as the desire to eat meat, play with dogs, and she begins growing fur that continuously regrows even after waxing and her getting new irises that are lighter blue as wolf eyes. Hunter's paranormal expert friends claim Jordan has to be a werewolf and explain that Jordan had 3 ways which could cause her becoming a werewolf: being in the bloodline of a werewolf family, getting bitten by a werewolf or being infected by werewolf blood. Further they explain that LB-217 was an old Latin term for werewolf blood by the ancient Greek king, Lycaon, who caused the lycanthropy myth.
Succumbing to the changes, Jordan becomes graceful, athletic, and self-confident as well as being able to see without her glasses. Jordan's dark side is dangerous to others and the change befuddles her new suitor Goran (Steven Grayhm), the town’s young attractive butcher. Her first transformation occurred after her date with Goran where she almost attacks Hunter before David comes home causing her to retreat into the woods, which Hunter becomes aware of a foreshock before the transformation, seeing Jordan's wolf eyes. In order to salvage her crush and return to her normal self, Jordan must rely on Hunter to save her before it is too late. Hunter's occult-expert friends say that if Jordan stays a werewolf throughout a full moon night, she will remain living as a human who will transform into a werewolf and back for the rest of her entire life. The only way to lift the curse is to kill Jordan with a silver bullet, which Hunter refuses to carry out.
As Hunter tries to find a way to reverse Jordan's curse, he stumbles onto Varcolac, who reveals to Hunter that she knows of Jordan's curse, and has once lived with a cursed being herself: Uncle Dragomir. She reveals to Hunter and Jordan that their Uncle Dragomir was the Wolfsberg Beast, a kind and gentle man who was a brilliant scientist and humanitarian. Uncle Dragomir researched a way to reverse the werewolf curse so that others wouldn't be forced to live the same cruel fate he had. He led an army of werewolves into a war many years ago when a clan of evil vampires attempted to rule the world; the werewolves took the victory and the Wolfsberg country became sacred land where the Wolfsberg Manor now stands. With Dragomir dead, Varcolac fears that the vampires will try to rule the world by killing Jordan. Jordan offers to have her become the new Wolfsberg Beast to protect the castle, but Varcolac says that only a blood-line werewolf can become the protector. The three of them go into town collecting supplies for the werewolf cure.
As it turns out, Paulina is an evil vampire who wants to take over Wolfsberg Manor. It is revealed that she killed Uncle Dragomir and Jordan is next. She captures Jordan, Hunter and David, attempting to kill Jordan with a silver bullet. Hunter, desperate to save everyone, sights the full moon and begins stages of the transformation Jordan experienced for a few days in only a matter of seconds and becomes a werewolf (Hunter is the next bloodline werewolf as having just turned 14, he is now able to transform). Hunter and Paulina battle for a while, Hunter calls Jordan by howling and Jordan returns to fight while Varcolac continues to finish the cure and notices the rising sun. Jordan and Hunter become aware of this and finally manage to vaporize the vampires by pushing them into the sun's rays. Jordan saves Hunter from being killed with a silver bullet by tackling Paulina and putting her into the sunlight, saying to her that "it will feel a little pinch". Everyone returns to Wolfsberg Manor and Varcolac cures Jordan of her werewolf curse minutes before the effects would become permanent. The lawyer in charge of Dragomir's estate Igor Van Helman Stanisklavsky (Alex Diakun) allows Varcolac to continue working there, and gives the Sands the money they inherited from Dragomir. According to the lawyer and Varcolac, Dragomir had invented karaoke as the lawyer responds this when Mr. Sands asks how Dragomir got so much money.
Hunter becomes the Wolfsberg Beast to take Dragomir's place, howling in werewolf form from a mountain outside the town during the Wolfsberg festival that honors him. The family returns to the U.S. where Jordan returns to school, more secure and confident, with a new fashion sense and worshiped by Tiffany and Ashley and dates Goran, who transferred to the school. David has also begun dating again having made sure that he has seen his latest date in the daylight. Unbeknownst to the Sands family, Paulina was not killed, but severely injured and in a body-cast, and moves in as the Sands' neighbor in the final scene.
- Victoria Justice as Jordan Sands
- Chase Ellison as Hunter Sands
- Brooke Shields as Madame Varcolac
- Matt Winston as David Sands
- Brooke D'Orsay as Paulina
- Steven Grayhm as Goran
- Valerie Tian as Debbie
- Ben Cotton as the Cab Driver
- Cainan Wiebe as Rob
- Andrea Brooks as Ashley Edwards
- Christie Laing as Tiffany Whit
- Patrick Sabongui as Monster Fan Dude
- Kerry James as Cort
- Alex Diakun as Igor Van Helman Stanisklavsky
The film received generally positive reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 69% approval rate on Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 reviews. Felix Vasques Jr. of CinemaCrazed gave the film a positive review as well, stating "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf ends up being a surprisingly solid family horror comedy that isn't as soapy or girly as I originally assumed it would be. Within the pandering to preteens salivating after Justice, there is also a solid however flawed and derivative story and some wicked special effects."