Grimmfest 2014: WOLFCOP Review

Posted on Oct 5 2014 - 7:30pm by Lucinda Holt



Director: Lowell Dean

Cast: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind, Aidan Devine, Jesse Moss

Rating: R/15

Running Time: 79 Minutes

When I first heard about WOLFCOP I was pretty excited, the whole premise was like some kind of dream 80s film. Now when I saw the trailer, I just knew I had to see it, it even has its own theme song!

The plot is fairly simple, Lou is an alcoholic cop in a small Canadian town. As Lou spends his days and nights drinking away he fails to notice the weird goings on happening. Before you know it Lou is taken by a mysterious cult and turned into a werewolf… cop.

WOLFCOP is one of those B-Movies where it could either be amazing or horrendous, and luckily I found WOLFCOP to be pretty amazing! It is very, very retro in the way Dean executed things, even the music. Skipping forward for a moment, towards the end of the film we are treated to a RED SHOE DIARIES style sex scene between WOLFCOP and the sexy bartender, and the song that accompanies it feels like one of those timeless 80s power ballads. It is also worth noting that WOLFCOP doesn’t take itself too seriously and neither should you. Enjoy it for what it is, a fun comedy with some pretty great special effects.

Speaking of those make-up effects, all werewolf films must have a decent transformation scene and this was great. It’s messy, gory and full of ooze. I was quite surprised to see the transformation of a certain appendix. Many men will wince when they see it, I still can’t get it out of my head! I really liked that they stuck with practical effects, I feel that CGI has been massively overused lately, especially in the werewolf genre.  So it is really great to see an old-school THE WOLF MAN style look.

Former crew guy Leo Fafard is great in the title role, with his silver flecked hair and heavy eyebrows he already looks somewhat wolfish. He’s instantly likeable in an anti-hero way and I’d love for him to make a name for himself as WOLFCOP.  Jonathan Cherry is his sidekick Willie, the local hillbilly/weirdo, he has some great one-liners and his scenes with Leo are a stand-out.  It almost feels like a buddy-cop movie mixed with TEEN WOLF (without the basketball and Michael J. Fox) –  Okay, it is NOTHING like TEEN WOLF, But it could be it’s darker and dirtier brother…

I have no doubt that WOLFCOP will become a cult favourite, director Lowell Dean has already promised us that WOLFCOP 2 will be happening in 2015, so a franchise sounds like a pretty fun idea. Before I sign off, I must mention the running time. At just 79 minutes I found the film just a little too short, those minutes flew by and I wanted more. Let us hope that the sequel will be a little longer as WOLFCOP is a character that is sure to become a fan favourite.

[usr 4.5]


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