He’s a Wolf and a Cop! – WolfCop (2014)

The greatest Canadian movie ever made is this little film from the creative mind of Lowell Dean.  It stars Leo Fafard as Sergeant Lou Garou, a police officer who is simply floating through life one bottle at a time.  What else is there to do in Woodhaven, which is a boring little backwoods town in the middle of nowhere and where there is little to nothing to do?  As such, Lou simply does not care and he essentially does what he wants, when he wants.  While out investigating a case though, something happens to Lou and he blacks out, only to reawaken and soon finds out that all the weird stuff that has been going on since that moment of lost time is because he now finds himself a werewolf and discovers Woodhaven is run by a trio of immortal shape-changing lizards.

wolfcop readingWolfCop is a fun film.  The concept alone is humourous and as you make your way through the film, while it is not a movie that will make you bust a gut, it will have you smiling through most of it.  A lot of that has to do with the relationships between the various characters within it like the slightly strained camaraderie between Lou and Sergeant Tina, the antagonistic, if somewhat respectful back and forth that Lou has with his boss or the strange friendship between Lou and Willie.  What is also a little surprising about this picture is that the movie is fairly exciting once it kicks into gear.  The mystery of the film takes center stage as Lou investigates the strange happenings that take place every time there is an eclipse, specifically the death’s that occur during them because as he soon will discover, he could be one of them.  The horror of the film, and despite it all it is a horror movie, takes a backseat to everything else.  Sure, there is a lot of blood and guts, but it is never really scary in the slightest.  The only part that makes you wince is that initial transformation that takes place in the washroom at the bar.  It is perhaps the most unique transformation sequence to have ever been put on film and when it starts, you grit your teeth yet also elicit a chuckle at the absurdity of it all.

MailmasterThe special effects for the most part are quite good with Lou’s makeup being the best part of it all.  The transformation from man to wolf looks stunning and his final ‘costume’ is very effective at portraying your average, everyday werewolf.  The only part that could be considered weak was the lizard shapeshifters who looked fairly cheesy in their natural forms.  It would have been nice to see something just a little different than what most films do in portraying their wolf-men and being an independent feature, Dean had the perfect chance to do so.  In the end though, it all came together really well and the makers of WolfCop should be proud at what they have accomplished.

It is hard not to like this movie.  It is a horror, a comedy, a mystery and a parody and it manages to be all of these things quite easily.  Leo Fafard is an inspired choice to play our reluctant hero and it would be impossible to see anyone else doing the role justice.  With a second film on the way, it is hard to say exactly what direction it will take, but if the same magic is present it should make for an enjoyable time.  Is WolfCop the greatest Canadian film ever made?   Yes.  Yes it is.  For the above mentioned reasons and more.

4 out of 5
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