WolfCop (2014) Review – It’s A Howling Good Time



Directed by Lowell Dean Written by Lowell Dean
Starring Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind

79 mins - Horror | Comedy - Release date: 17 February 2015 (DVD/Blu-ray)

WolfCop is probably the best campy horror flick I’ve seen all year, and here’s why: it doesn’t take itself seriously and aims to have as much fun as possible. There’s a big “but” here, and that is that despite having fun, writer/director Lowell Dean and the producers didn’t compromise on quality. Indeed, the movie is visually satisfying in terms of its lighting and camera work, the acting is spot on, the beats of the story are on point, and the special effects are rad.

You can tell that great pride was taken in the special effects department to honor the practical transformation tradition seen in such classics as An American Werewolf in London. Plus our WolfCop takes the Wolfman approach rather than giving us a werewolf that becomes a dog. I think this is the first time I’ve actually appreciated the Wolfman form, as it might be the only time, other than in Teen Wolf, that the story required it.

It’s hard to imagine a dog, excuse me, a wolf, dressed as a cop solving a case. Right?

When Lou Garou (“loup garou” is French for werewolf), played by Leo Fafard, sets off to investigate a disturbance in the woods, he becomes the victim of a ritual. When he wakes up, he discovers a pentagram carved into his chest, that he has heightened senses, and, not long afterward, that he has become a werewolf with enormous strength. Along with his transformation into WolfCop, Lou also discovers a new clarity and sense of doing the right thing, contrary to his pre-transformation boozing ways. Plus alcohol now seems to affect him like spinach does Popeye.

Why was he chosen to be transformed? Well, it seems the town has a small demographic of shape-shifters who need to drink the blood of werewolf every once in a while to maintain their power. So, every now and then the shape-shifters select the town’s loser and turn him into a werewolf. Only this time they didn’t select a loser; it was actually a case of mistaken identity as the movie seems to say that Lou isn’t a loser, he’s just an alcoholic suffering with the disease.

The Verdict:

Campy horror movies don’t get much better than WolfCop, and this is one movie that’s destined for cult stardom. How can it not when you get to see the transformation of a man’s penis into a werewolf’s penis? There are boobs, there’s blood and gore, there’s mystery (very light), there’s an underdog (pun intended), and there are awesome practical effects. You can’t ask for more. This is something every horror fan has to see.

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