Hallow-vent Calendar - Day 11: WolfCop


Welcome to our Hallow-vent Calendar; a horror-film-filled daily countdown to our favourite spooky celebration, Hallowe'en. For Day 11, David Ames lays down the law with WolfCop...

I don’t know how many times I have been sitting around and have thought to myself: “Man, I wish there were more werewolf cop movies.” Luckily, Lowell Dean subconsciously heard my pleas and decided to bless the world with his 2014 horror comedy WolfCop. This movie is a masterpiece and I don’t mean that as a joke. It is one of the single most enjoyable horror comedy experiences I have ever had. 

Fox and I sat down to watch WolfCop last year and were blown away with just how good it was. One a second viewing, I think I enjoyed it even more. When you see a movie called WolfCop, with the tagline “Here Comes the Fuzz,” you are going to have certain expectations—those were met and surpassed with flying colors.

WolfCop tells the story of Lou Garou, an alcoholic cop who is cursed and eventually becomes a werewolf. When I say alcoholic, I mean severely, unstoppably alcoholic. He maintains his human intelligence and staunch adherence to the law and continues to be a police officer, even as he becomes and remains a werewolf. On the trail of true crime, he uncovers a cult of shapeshifters who need to sacrifice the Wolf to maintain their secret identities and continue to rule. Only Garou, armed with claws, teeth, and unfettered alcoholism can stop them.

That paragraph was so much fun to write that I want to go and watch the film again. For being a low-budget film about a werewolf cop, this movie is pretty well shot and the practical effects are amazing. His transformation is incredible, reminiscent of An American Werewolf in London, and the gore is great when it appears.

The film knows exactly what it is and it embraces the ridiculousness of its premise. There is a perfect 80’s montage where they fix up the police cruiser and when it is finished, the car resembles Kit from Knight Rider but with a giant “W” on top. Also, there is a hilarious sex scene with a gorgeous woman (who turns out to be a 700-year-old hag) in the jai—while Lou is in wolf form and while a cheesy 80’s style song is playing in the background. One of my favorite moments in the film is when, in the throes of the sex scene (Doggy style of course because, well, wolf) we get to see two furry wolf hands come around the front to grope the woman’s breasts. It’s hilarious, ridiculous, and perfect for the tone of the film.

There are also amazing one liners and dialogue exchanges which perfectly represent the beauty of this movie and the genius of its writer.

For example:

Robber – “What the fuck are you?”
WolfCop – “The Fuzz”

Or another example:

Carl – “Lou, you’re a wolf.”
Lou – “Cop.”

Lowell Dean has gifted the world with an amazingly campy B movie but without all the negatives associated with that title. The film is nonstop fun and doesn’t get bogged down by horribly performed dramatic scenes or over-the-top seriousness. The movie knows what it is, embraces it, and celebrates all things camp. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up or at least stream this movie, you need to make time to do so. It isn’t serious, it isn’t scary. It is simply a perfectly executed 80’s style comedy horror. After my initial view of WolfCop I tweeted: “If you’re not watching WolfCop, you’re wrong” to which Lowell Dean responded, “Tell them, David. Tell them all.” That’s what I’m doing right now Lowell. I’m telling them all.



Image - WolfCop website