Like most people I have talked to, my interest in seeing Wolfcop was based almost entirely on that awesome little poster you see above, designed by none other than Tom “The Dude Designs” Hodge. I mean, look at that gorgeous thing up there. Then, you have the trailer, which promises exactly what the title would suggest, an over-the-top movie about a cop-turned-werewolf, and for better or worse, you have my attention. From what I’ve gathered, The Canadian CineCoup held a short film competition, and the winner was awarded a million bucks to make their film, and limited Canadian theatrical distribution. Wolfcop weathered the contest, and emerged victorious, and now we have the feature-length film to peruse.
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.
What can I tell you that the title of the movie hasn’t already? Wolfcop is about a below average Sheriff’s Depute, that one night is attacked by an unknown force, and awakens with a pentagram carved into his chest. Later that same evening, he realizes what’s happening to him, when one of the most hilarious practical effect-driven on-screen transformation scenes that I have ever witnessed with my own two eyes occurs. From that point on, the movie gets even wilder, if you can imagine. You can tell that the creative team behind Wolfcop are not only huge fans of Eighties cinema, but they also know how to recreate it. Do you remember the cheesy, montage-driven sex scenes from movies of that era? There is actually one of these scenes between a chick and a transformed werewolf…cop. It’s glorious. Never in my life did I imagine that one day I’d witness a werewolf giving a girl head, or vice versa, but there it is. Also worth mentioning, for fans of the movie Goon, Jonathan Cherry, A.K.A. “Don’t touch my fuckin percocets” has a significant role in Wolfcop, and he’s absolutely hilarious.
I’ll admit that Wolfcop is not going to be for everyone. If you have trouble suspending disbelief, or just generally allowing yourself to be entertained by a movie without nitpicking all of its faults rather than embracing its merits, then you will probably not have the same experience as I did. Personally, I loved this film. I recognize that it is not without its faults, but for a million dollar movie, and a genre of film that goes almost entirely ignored, I feel like it delivered what it promised and then some. Once the main character realizes what he is, and understands what it is he can do, there are several scenes where he heads out to fight crime post-transformation that were some of the most entertaining moments I’ve witnessed in an independent film this year. Writer/Director Lowell Dean and Writer Bannister Bergen knew exactly what they wanted to accomplish with Wolfcop, and managed to do so admirably. Wolfcop is part Teen Wolf, part Robocop, and ALL badass.
WolfCop looks and sound great on Blu-ray, no complaints in that department whatsoever. For a movie with such a moderate budget, it really does impress when displayed in HD. Up until now the only version of the film I had seen was a watermarked screener, and this is definitely a welcomed upgrade. There are some extras on the disc as well, including a commentary with Writer/Director Lowell Dean and Special Effects Artist Emersen Ziffle. There is a WolfCop music video, a behind the scenes featurette entitled Wolfcop Unleashed. There is also another doc called The Birth of Wolfcop, as well as outtakes, trailers, and more. It’s sorta rare for a release from IMAGE Entertainment to feature a wealth of extras, so in my opinion, WolfCop is one of their best releases to-date.