Before I watch the newest Wolfcop, let’s look back to see how it all started. Being a Canadian, I try to support Canadian films as much as I can.
Synopsis: It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou’s senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf. WOLFCOP is one cop’s quest to become a better man… One transformation at a time. (The Coup Company)
Starring: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, and Sarah Lind
Writer: Lowell Dean
Director: Lowell Dean
Rating: 18A (Canada)/Unrated (United States)
Running Time: 79mins
When it comes to a film called Wolfcop, don’t expect it to be anything more than it is otherwise you might be disappointed. It didn’t try to be more than what it was, never taking itself too seriously. If you hadn’t guessed the film is about a bumbling, alcoholic cop named Lou Garou (Fafard) who after a mysterious turn of events, becomes a werewolf, hence a wolfcop. With a relatively short running time, clocking in at just under 80 minutes, the film runs at a brisk pace so it never dwells on anything too long and is done before you know it.
Despite being a short film, there was still quite a lot going on, however, it ultimately didn’t matter all that much. The story was as ridiculous as a film about a werewolf cop would be. The town in which Garou lived was a crazy place full of colorful characters who were either secondary to or in the background of the main story. Perhaps it was by design but the only character worth caring about here was Garou since this was when the film was most compelling.
The fact that Garou was a bumbling alcoholic added an interesting dimension to the typical werewolf film. Garou’s werewolf discovery phase could arguably have been shorter but the addition of Garou’s eccentric friend Willie (Jonathan Cherry) made a fun combination to watch. The film was definitely at its best whenever the wolfcop was on screen dispatching his own brand of justice in an extremely violent ways, all were fully deserving of its 18A/Unrated rating. The problem with that was that there wasn’t nearly enough of it.
The special effects were what one would expect from a film like this which were decent enough and added some charm to the proceedings. The acting followed suit. It wasn’t great by any means but was decent enough for a film like this. Fafard was compelling to watch as Garou and had decent comedic timing while having decent chemistry with Cherry’s Willie.
Overall, this was a decent horror comedy with a ridiculous but fun B-movie type story that falls victim to its short running time as it could have gone much further.