Alright, I’m a day late getting this up and I’m sure you’re furious about it. However, it’s finally time for my second annual #31DaysOfHorror! Every day this month I will be watching a horror flick (new or old) that I’ve never seen before, and reviewing it for your pleasure here on the brand new BarleyDoesHorror.com! So, let’s get started with Wolfcop!
As a series of strange and violent events begin to occur, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan.
This little Canadian beauty comes from the writer/director Lowell Dean, and was filmed in the always exciting Saskatchewan, Canada. This is one of those movies that knows exactly what it wants to be from the mention of the title, and you pretty much know what you’re in for. The trouble with a lot of movies like this is that they tend to spend so much time winking at the audience that the joke loses its charm pretty quickly (Looking at YOU Dude Bro Party Massacre…). Thankfully, this movie clocks in at a breezy 79 minutes and doesn’t once feel like it is wearing out its welcome.
This one works pretty well for what it is, it’s got a charming and likable cast, none of whom I was especially familiar with. Leo Fafard is really fun as the bumbling loser/hero werewolf cop of the title, and the supporting cast works really well together at giving this movie just enough cheese. Jesse Moss (Tucker & Dale vs Evil) is great in his small part as the greasiest gang leader I think I’ve ever seen, and all in all there’s not much to genuinely complain about in the cast department. Plus, I’m sure if I did, the response would be “Well, it was supposed to be like that”.
You’re obviously not dealing with a movie that takes itself to seriously when you have a title like this, so I don’t expect a ton, other than for the movie to be fun. That’s really what I want when I see something goof-bally like this, and so the question is, was the movie fun? For the most part, yeah it was.
There’s a lot of really over-the-top and bizarre violence from start to finish, including a guy who manages to live way too long after having all of the skin ripped off of his face by Wolfcop. On top of that, there’s some really great (and super gross) werewolf transformations in it, and that’s kind of the make-or-break effect of a movie like this. I will say this, you won’t be able to get the image of our hero’s cock “wolfing out” out of your mind for a while. Throw in some weird werewolf sex, and shape-shifting lizards and you have a pretty good idea of what you’re getting yourself into.
There are some issues of course, a little bit too much of the ironic, camera winking, self-referential shit that most movies that are trying to be “bad” are full of, but like I said, not in excess. There’s also this rotten effect laid over the entire end of the movie to indicate that there is an eclipse going on, and the orange filter is just brutal to look at for as long as you’re forced to.
Complaints aside, you could definitely do worse than this one. It’s a bunch of fun and doesn’t last long enough to get tedious. Give it a watch, and you won’t be sorry you did (probably). Also, looks like the sequel is in production as we speak, so that’s definitely something to look forward to.