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WolfCop (2014)

three stars

A small town cop discovers he's the only person who can stop a sinister plot. Also, he's a werewolf.

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Some horror movies have broad, generic titles that still manage to instill a sense of dread. Titles like It Follows, It Comes at Night, or just It let our minds start wondering what "it" could be and filling in the blanks with our own fears. On the opposite end of the spectrum, other horror movies have titles so specific that they tell you exactly what you'll get. For example: WolfCop.

Most WolfCop viewers are sure to be watching based on the title alone, so the plot isn't really relevant. But, the WolfCop does need something to do, so fighting immortal shape-shifters is about as good as anything else. The numerous and impressive practical special effects are prioritized over the story, which is a clear indication that the filmmakers know exactly who their audience is.

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The WolfCop himself delivers a couple decent quips as expected, but his sidekick Willie gets most of the good lines. If one-liners and a truly impressive penis-destroying werewolf transformation sequence aren't your thing, there are still plenty of other moments to appreciate. There are visual allusions to classic wolf-based stories like The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, as well as references you might only catch if you're Canadian and/or speak French. On the other hand, some bits may leave you feeling like you're watching an inside joke that you don't quite get.

WolfCop peaks with a werewolf jail cell sex scene that lasts through not one, but two verses of Lawrence Gowan's 1987 Canadian soft rock hit "Moonlight Desires." It's a consummately tasteful sequence in a film that's otherwise deliberatly devoid of taste. Though the impetus for WolfCop was obviously "cop who's a werewolf," the defining moment is "werewolf has sex during song about being horny because of the moon."

Ultimately, the film is more than just what's promised by the title. It's a clear labor of love and well-executed, rather than a quick and dirty moneymaker with an easy-to-sell premise. WolfCop has enough gore, explosions, and gags to satisfy action and horror fans alike, but also enough wit to earn a couple smirks from those who might otherwise avoid something so clearly lowbrow.

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Director

  • Lowell Dean

Cast

  • Leo Fafard as Lou Garou / WolfCop
  • Amy Matysio as Tina Walsh
  • Sarah Lind as Jessica Barratt
  • Corrine Conley as Mayor Bradley
  • Jesse Moss as Gang Leader
  • Jonathan Cherry as Willie Higgins
  • Aidan Devine as Chief