THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF
The title of the film seems to promise a light-hearted treatment but The Boy Who Cried Werewolf is deadly dull in every respect. The promied jokey treatment begins and ends at the title and the rest of the film is played straight. In this respect, it is shabbily made B movie. The script is written to convenience like how the boy and his father only ever contrive to go up to the mountain cabin when it happens to be a full moon. The makeup job makes the title creature look more like a chihuahua than a werewolf and succeeds in engendering about as much threat as a dog food commercial.
Director Nathan Juran and Kerwin Mathews once teamed on the great The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) how the mighty have fallen. Scriptwriter Bob Homel makes a bizarre appearance as the guru of a religious cult.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (2010) was a tv movie remake for the Nickeloden childrens channel where the only resemblance with the original was the title.
Director Nathan Juran (sometimes billed as Nathan Hertz) made a number of other genre films including: the historical horror The Black Castle (1952), the giant bug film The Deadly Mantis (1957), the alien monster film 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), the classic bad films The Brain from Planet Arous (1957) and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), the Ray Harryhausen classic The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jack the Giant Killer (1962) and The First Men in the Moon (1964).