Though I have seen this film before, I developed a new found love for it on my most recent viewing.
WolfCop takes supernatural horror, comedy and grindhouse style, and shows that they go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Lowell Dean’s script and direction are both superb. He knows how to move a story along and can shoot some really intense moments. The movie is centered around Lou Garou, the local alcoholic cop played by Leo Fafard. However, I have to say that Jonathan Cherry as Willie Higgins really steals the show. He’s funny throughout the whole movie and you just want to see more of him. The transformation scenes are executed incredibly well. It’s all done with practical effects and that’s what I love. You can feel the pain of Lou as he goes through his metamorphosis. I also like that fact that they don’t go the whole “completely lose your mind when you turn” thing in this. Lou is still able to think in his werewolf state and instead of him going around killing random people, he’s killing criminals. He also still drinks and eats doughnuts, which is a really funny thing to see. The grindhouse aesthetic helps to give the film a unique style, as does the gritty rock soundtrack. Dean also develops the town where all this madness takes place, Woodhaven. A rural town filled with the characters you’d expect to see, WolfCop becomes their local hero. The film is similar to The Toxic Avenger in this regard, and being a Troma fan, I really enjoyed that. There was never a moment where I wasn’t engaged and while there are a lot of great werewolf movies out there, I’m having a hard time thinking of any that make the monster a hero. If you are tired of the typical werewolf movie, give this a chance. You may find yourself enjoying it as much as I did. I’m not alone, as the film’s popularity already warranted a sequel which started screening back in December.
WolfCop is available on Blu-Ray, DVD and is currently streaming on Hulu.