Movie Review – WolfCop (2015)

WolfCop
Directed by Lowell Dean
Courtesy of Image Entertainment
Release Date: March 10, 2015

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When I first heard about WOLFCOP, I didn’t realize it was a horror-comedy, and therefore I rolled my eyes and shook my head. But when I discovered it was meant to be funny, I knew I had to see it. I like lycanthrope, and I was intrigued to see a perspective on how it could be funny. And wow, I’m glad I watched it! Writer/Director Lowell Dean has a big hit on his hands, and it delivers on many levels. If you have had any reservations about seeing this film, wipe them all away and give it a shot. It’s fun and entertaining, with some great effects and a lot of laughs.

If you are not familiar with WOLFCOP, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Image Entertainment:

Officer Lou Garou isn’t the best cop in small-town Woodhaven – in fact, he’s probably the worst. He mostly just looks to avoid anything that could possibly interfere with his goal of getting wasted. One evening during the night shift, Lou investigates a mysterious disturbance at the edge of town and wakes up with a pentagram carved in his chest, heightened senses, and body hair that’s growing at an alarming rate. To solve the mystery of his transformation, he’ll have to take on a case no normal cop would be able to solve, but this half-man, half-beast is not just a cop…he’s a WOLFCOP.

I love how campy WOLFCOP looks, with his blue fur and Beast-from-X-Men-style make-up. I’m not sure if this is intentional or not, but Beast is who I thought of every time WolfCop is onscreen. This is not a bad thing at all, as the image and style of WolfCop works for his character…but I felt like I had to mention it, as many other viewers probably thought the same thing as me.

WOLFCOP is shot well and looks very professional onscreen. The production value appears high, and the film team does a great job with utilizing their budget. The acting is tight, the special effects look great, and the story is mysterious. Overall, you can’t ask for much more.

Although I enjoyed it immensely, there are a couple of minor flaws I have to point out. First, there are a couple of things in the film that are not explained. For example, when WolfCop first transforms in the bathroom of the bar, he kills a couple of thugs that have arrived for some reason. When the thugs walk in the bar, they immediately head downstairs…to the bathroom. Why? Were they there to kill WolfCop? Later, the bar owner tells him he saved her life…but she never saw the thugs to begin with…? This confused me.

Also, there is a ‘love scene’ between WolfCop and a woman that lasts way too long. I’m sure it’s meant to be funny and campy, but I just kept raising my eyebrow, wondering when it would end. It’s not full of gratuitous nudity or anything, but it didn’t serve much of a purpose in my opinion.

Still, WOLFCOP is a heck of a film, and I highly recommend it. It’s got some excellent dark humor, not to mention some high-caliber special effects. I particularly like the scene where WolfCop tears off a thug’s face in a meth lab, and the guy runs around for several minutes screaming about his face. Gruesome, but well done and funny (you just have to see it!).

WOLFCOP is available now in a variety of formats.

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