You’re up late, farting around online, when suddenly you stumble across a super obscure movie trailer for an indie film. You click the play button and 2 minutes later you realize that you have to see this film. This happened to me around a year ago. The film was Wolfcop and ever since that moment I’ve waited patiently for its release. On March 10th that day finally came and I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed.
As I’m sure you’ve gathered from the title, Wolfcop a movie about a cop whose also a werewolf. The cop’s name is Lou Garou which I’m guessing comes from the French word for werewold: “loup-garou” (I know all those nights playing Werewolf the Apocalypse would come in handy). Apparently it’s just destiny that poor Lou becomes a werewolf.
For being a werewolf film, Wolfcop is far from conventional and that’s a good thing. Rather than taking the traditional approach of how one becomes a lycanthrope (ie. someone gets scratched or bitten), Lou is actually turned by a cult of supernatural shapeshifters who perform an ancient ritual that requires a blood sacrifice. It’s actually an interesting twist on the fright-hound formula that, while not altogether perfect, proves to be pretty entertaining.
Another werewolf movie first for me was Lou’s initial transformation. It’s not entirely unique, there’s some skin shredding involved, but how the transformation starts off is what will really impress the hardcore horror fans out there. During a drunken urinal visit, Lou begins to pee blood… SPOILERS! right before a ferocious furry wolf dong bursts through his man meat! I have to admit, my immaturity took over at this point and Diet Mountain Dew came out of my nose. It was the single most amazing and disgusting thing I’ve seen in a movie for some time.
Luckily, the werewolf itself looks spot on. The design feels a tad bit like a homage to the SUPERIOR AND PROPER Teen Wolf of the 80s (not that MTV abomination). As a wolf, Lou is big and hairy but retains enough of himself to wear clothes, presumably to hide his… uh, “ferocious furry wolf dong.” To maintain his coherence, however, Lou must keep a constant buzz going or else his primal instincts take over. This leads to a perplexing (since alcohol is toxic for canines) yet ultimately entertaining scenario in which Lou and his best pal, Willie Higgins, tear up the town to dole out some vigilante justice. They even trick out Lou’s cop cruiser, effectively turning it into a Wolfcop-mobile.
Lou isn’t perfect. He’s an alcoholic and he’s lazy, but deep down he’s got a good heart and that’s what makes him the hero of this flick. Despite his situation, all it takes is a few beers and the wolf-man’s ready to use his newfound powers for the betterment of his town… not to mention get some payback on the assholes who turned him to begin with. I won’t spoil who the shapeshifters turn out to be, but there’s bound to be at least one surprise you won’t see coming.
All in all, I’m giving Wolfcop the Strange Kids Club stamp of approval. It’s got some awesome elements of horror and comedy, all while managing to put a new spin on a genre that’s basically been bled to death. As I mentioned in the beginning the movie is readily accessible now, whether you want to catch it on VOD for rent or purchase. I actually snagged a a copy at Wal-Mart, of all places, for a little over $10!