FrightFest 2014: Wolfcop
Fun, furry retro horror from writer-director Lowell Dean
Some films take on a life of their own before they are even released, with the internet going into overdrive before anyone's seen the first frame of footage (recent examples being Snakes on a Plane and Sharknado). Wolfcop now joins these illustrious / preposterous ranks; horror websites started champing at the bit when the premise, a cop who's also a werewolf, and the official poster by The Dude Designs were unleashed.
There's not really much more to the story than the idea outlined above. In the crime-ridden town of Woodhaven hard-drinking slacker cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) gets turned into a werewolf by a satanic cult. He then uses his newfound lycanthropic powers to fight crime.
There's a wonderfully retro 80s feel, with the film owing a debt to An American Werewolf in London, Teen Wolf and zombie buddy cop movie Dead Heat. In a film called Wolfcop you don't really expect Oscar-winning acting but Fafard is a decent enough lead. Many of the performances are exaggerated for comic effect, while writer-director Lowell Dean mines cheesy clichés for some solid laughs. Jonathan Cherry gets all the best lines as local weirdo and Lou's best pal Willie, and there's a classic A-Team-style montage as Lou builds himself a 'Wolfmobile'.
Everything kicks into a higher gear once Lou goes lupine. Although the transformation sequence is more rubbery than realistic, it features some wonderful practical effects work from Emersen Ziffle. There's also some good old fashioned gouts of gore but it's all so silly it's impossible to be offended. Wolfcop is as ridiculous as a film about a werewolf cop could and should be, and don't move from your seat as the credits start rolling or you'll miss an awesomely ludicrous rap track, performed by Evil Ebenezer and Factor. It's furious, furry fun.
Screening at Vue West End, Leicester Square, London on Fri 22 Aug as part of FrightFest 2014.