The Canadian indie horror film scene has really been booming the past couple of years thanks to good folks like Astron-6 and Raven Banner. They have taken the trashy, silly and gore laden horror and horror comedy, as well as straight up indie horror of the golden age of VHS and gave it new life with films like Father’s Day, Hobo with a Shotgun, The Battery, A Little Bit Zombie, and the Tony Burgess scripted Septic Man and Hellmouth. But one of their biggest recent hits that swept the country last year through festivals and conventions was Wolfcop.
When hard drinking cop Lou Garou follows up on a disturbance call, he blacks out and wakes the next day to find he feels very strange. And much hairier. That night he transforms into a raging werewolf and Lou finds himself at odds being a beast by night and a cop by day trying to solve his own case. But being a werewolf isn’t all disadvantages as Lou begins to discover.
Wolfcop is so darned ridiculous you can’t help but go along for the ride and enjoy yourself. Leo Fafard is excellent as Garou/Wolfcop and you can tell he is having a hell of a good time playing this character. While the makeup and effects are actually really impressive here, the acting by much of the rest of the cast leaves much to be desired. Perhaps they overact on purpose to give the movie a definite B-Movie charm but it was just too bad for me and kept pulling me out of the fun. But there is still quite a bit to enjoy here with some great gore, great gags and great action. It is an ambitious effort and is pulled off successfully for what it is. And the Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment looks superb, especially for a low budget feature. Wolfcop is best suited for viewing with a group of friends, snacks and booze, you are guaranteed a fun night.