Wolfcop (2014) - Lowell Dean

67/100

DECENT COMEDY ABOUT A COP THAT’s ALSO A WEREWOLF!

No this isn’t a Tracy MORGAN SKETCH

Director: Lowell Dean
Producers: Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, Danielle Masters and Hugh Patterson
Writer: Lowell Dean
Starring: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind and Jesse Moss
Release Date: June 6th, 2014
Running time: 79 minutes
Country: Canada

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Wolfcop is a 2014 Canadian independent horror comedy film from writer/director Lowell Dean. It stars Jesse Moss, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind, Aidan Devine, Corrine Conley, and Leo Fafard. This is a low-budget feature that had garnered a lot of respect online for its comedy, retro-style and use of practical effects.

Officer Lou Garou has been cursed as a werewolf. He’s going through the usual werewolf depression issues. Local no-good thugs are turning up dead, and Lou is feeling horrible about it. He doesn’t want to get caught. But he also doesn’t want people to know he’s a WolfCop. While he is cleaning up the streets. WolfCop is making a huge bloody mess of things. One thing is for sure. If you’re a street thug in a pig-mask or some odd otherworldly shapeshifting monster, WolfCop will kick your ass!

I am not a fan of werewolf movies. It takes a very specific type of lycan to actually illicit a fear from me. I guess that’s why Wolfcop was so easy to ingest. Ironic humor makes the cheapness go down much easier. The blood and gore are pretty light. You see a few slashed-up bodies. But it’s mostly the aftermath. The actual killings are seen through various quick edits and flashbacks. That’s not to say that the special effects are bad. In fact, the creature effects and makeup are amazing. I really like the practical look. I know money was tight, but this is why this movie works. It doesn’t try and shove any CGI down your throat.

The comedy is great. It’s dry and dark. It takes advantage of having virtually no money with its humor. A perfect pairing for something as corny as a werewolf movie. I really like that the movie includes little details, like the main character being named Lou Garou. French for werewolf. But there are also references to other werewolf properties peppered throughout.

Wolfcop is not a well-made movie. It’s poorly written, poorly edited and even poorly acted. The practical effects are refreshing to see, but the low-budget keeps things grounded in corniness. You can’t take it seriously. But why would you? This is a movie about a friggin’ cop that’s a wolfman. An awesome attempt at an original story that left me entertained. Don’t expect anything like An American Werewolf in London or even Paris. But expect a good time.