The minute I saw the trailer for WolfCop, I was overly excited. It just looked like something so fun and such a classic throwback to old '80s movies. It seemed over the top, cheeky, and a blast. And guess what?
It totally was.
In the town of Woodhaven, we are introduced to local police officer Lou in a drunken morning stupor, waking up next to half naked woman, and late to work. Within minutes, we are shown the oddball nature of the town and its denizens and it’s easy to see what we are getting ourselves into. The first call he fields is from local town conspiracist Willie, who plays a major part in the film, and Lou drops the first of many wolf puns. It’s not long before he heads out into the woods, gets mixed up in some small town occultism, and becomes the titular WolfCop.
The entire movie is so well done it’s near impossible not to love. Sometimes movies try to straddle the line between horror and comedy and can’t quite decide which line to ride harder which results in a muddled confused mess. WolfCop knows exactly what it wants to be and nails it. It’s well written and directed, with major props going to Lowell Dean who handled double duty for the movie. Despite its comedic overtones, it has distinct horror camera techniques and locales, and has excellent pacing. While some of the jokes fall flat, for the most part the writing is self aware and full of throwbacks and laughably bad puns. The special effects are fun and efficient, seeing Lou as the wolf in his working duds is great, and there is more than enough gore to satiate the gorehounds pallet.
WolfCop doesn’t take itself to seriously and that’s a good thing. If it did, it would have seemed low budget and poorly written. But it’s not trying to be serious. It wants to be over the top, in your face, and fun. And it is. Have you ever seen the werewolf transformation scene show how the male genitalia transforms? You won’t be able to say no after seeing this movie.
Willie (Jonathan Cherry, House of the Dead) and Lou (Leo Fafard, Grace) end up bumbling around, fighting crime, a rag tag team that’s yet another throwback to the classic buddy cop movies of a foregone era. They’re fun and do what any reasonable redneck citizens would do with this situation: exploit it to have a good time. Both are perfectly suited for their chosen roles and perform accordingly, overacting but never to the point of eye rolling. Again. The viewer knows exactly what they have gotten into.
My only real big complaint is that it would have been nice to see WolfCop actually police around a little more. He makes two big busts and then the movie veers into a different plotline. That and the lighting is a little off at times, making it hard to make out what’s happening exactly, and it has a slight slump in action in the third act.
Plain and simple, the movie is a blast. Right out of the gate, its '80s influences and tongue-in-cheek writing hooks you and doesn’t let go until the credits roll. This is Teen Wolf for adults, filled with raunchy humor, sex and gore. It’s a cult classic in the making with all the trimmings: Satanic rituals, creature feature gore, half naked women and lycanthropic revelry. It even has a montage set to power metal! I already want a WolfCop poster, a WolfCop shirt, the WolfCop Blu-ray… This a movie to watch with friends, to enjoy and to be loud with, and it seems like that’s exactly what Lowell Dean intended. I just can’t help but love WolfCop.
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