Release Date: June 6th, 2014
Directed by: Lowell Dean
Written by: Lowell Dean
Music by: Shooting Guns
Cast: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind, Jesse Moss
Coup Company, The, Echolands Creative Group, 79 Minutes
*written in 2015.
I saw the trailer for WolfCop some time ago and have had wanted to see it ever since. It looked like a modern grindhouse style film that was an homage to 80s horror and action flicks. While there have been a lot of these types of films coming out over the last few years, I still find many of them pretty enjoyable.
This is a Canadian film, which was a country that gave us another great cult classic werewolf film in Ginger Snaps about fifteen years ago. While this is a very different film, I applaud my northern neighbor’s love of werewolves and ultraviolence.
While we don’t get to see the actual WolfCop in action until the second half of the film, this picture is still entertaining with a nice small town overrun by evil leaders background plot. The story flows well, the film moves along and the payoff is pretty awesome.
No, this isn’t the best film in the modern grindhouse genre but it is better than average with likable characters, a fun sidekick and a bad ass car, as WolfCop retrofits his squad car to look more intimidating.
The makeup effects are good and practical and make this look like a film from the era it is emulating. The CGI effects are pretty clunky though and almost takes you out of that grindhouse era and somewhat hurts the film, visually. Something more practical may be harder to do in today’s film world but it would have made a world of difference in the final battle sequence.
At the end of the day, I would watch more of these films and luckily, they are already producing the sequel.