The minute I saws the trailer for Wolfcop, I knew I had to see this movie. I love a good dark comedy and a movie about an alcoholic cop who becomes a werewolf seemed like something right up my alley. I don’t remember where it was I saw that trailer, but I’m glad I did. It is possible, after all, that this movie might have slipped through the cracks where I might have missed its existence.
Directed by Lowell Dean (director of Erie 13, which if you haven’t seen is a pretty good zombie flick) and staring Leo Fafard (from Tideland and Grace) and Jonathan Cherry (House of the Dead and Goon), Wolfcop is about Lou Garou, an alcoholic cop who is investigating a series of murders in his small town. He realizes one morning that he’d been kidnapped by a Satanic cult, which he only remembers bits and pieces of, and will learn later that he’s been turned into a werewolf. As he digs deeper into what’s going on, he enlists the help of his friend, the crazy Willie.
Wolfcop is a funny film that is completely aware of what it is and has some genuinely funny scenes. What I liked a lot about the film is that it is a movie that has fun with the gore used, thereby making it fun for the viewer, if the viewer is a fan of gore. If done right, it can add to the movie watching experience and Wolfcop certainly does it right. For example the transformation scene is truly fascinating, gory, and hilarious to watch, especially that first time while Lou is in the bathroom taking a piss. There’s also a strange romance scene between a beauty and the beast that is also really funny. This latter scene is not needed and, in hindsight, it’s kind of repulsive. But it’s that silly element, along with Moonlight Desires by Gowan playing in the background, that just adds to the fun.
The movie is well acted and directed and feels like an 80s film, which is good since it takes place during that decade.
My only real complaint about Wolfcop is the beginning. I don’t think that there’s much more they could have done in introducing us to Lou Garou, but it felt overly familiar. Here’s our hero, a drunk cop who drinks on the job, drinks and drives, and is not very likeable. We follow him around for a day as he steals sips from his flask that he somehow finds ways to replenish while he makes a stop at the bar for a whiskey shot and pint of beer chaser. Slowly his hangover goes away and the vomiting is less frequent and the smiles are more so frequent.
As I said, it’s a slow and somewhat unfunny beginning. Once Lou is hit over the head and is transformed into a werewolf, however, things begin to get more and more funny.
In short, Wolfcop is a campy, funny ride. I give it 4 out of 5 Dweller Heads.