Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou struggles to keep a low profile after saving the town of Woodhaven from reptilian shapeshifters in the first movie. But can a werewolf, who’s also a cop with a love of booze and donuts, really keep a low profile? To the dismay of former-partner-turned-police-chief Tina, the answer is no. Tina is forced to deal with Lou’s violent dispatching of criminals while training a new team of clueless rookies. The return of an old friend and the rise of a new business in town sets off a bloody chain of events, and Lou and Tina must team up to take down a new evil.
Writer/Director Lowell Dean understands the concept of a sequel. Written as a true love letter to Canada, complete with Strange Brew influences and frequent Canadian inside jokes and references, Dean tops just about every aspect of the original film. Better production values, better makeup, improved acting, more villains, and way more humor.
Whereas the first film really established Lou as a deadbeat, alcoholic cop coming to terms with his newfound lycanthropy, the sequel is now free to explore new adventures for Lou now that he’s grown comfortable in his fur. Don’t worry, there are still many Wolfcop jokes to be found, and those really hoping to see more Wolf cock will get their wish fulfilled. But the sequel no longer rests solely on Lou’s shoulders.
Amy Matysio really gets to shine as Tina in her new role as the police chief. While a bit wooden in the first film, not only has her acting improved, but she really seems to relish her straight role with deadpan humor. The sequel also wisely brings back Willie Higgins, played by the hilarious Jonathan Cherry. How and why he’s revived from his seeming death from the first film is better left to be experienced on your own, but I’ll just say that it offers a very over-the-top wacky gag that’s fitting of this wacky universe.
Of course, this couldn’t be a sequel without the introduction of new characters, and again, this sequel delivers. Not only is a new lady introduced into Lou’s life, but she fits perfectly into the quirky world of Woodhaven. Expect another outlandish furry sex scene, but be ready for it to go very differently than that of the first film. This new lady is tough, and how she fits into Lou’s life provides something to look forward to in both this and future entries into the franchise.
The film’s central villain isn’t quite as memorable as the villains from the first film, though all subsequent jokes hurled at him does provide humor–as does the central villain’s henchmen. There’s one in particular that really gives a glimpse into what kind of fucked up classic monsters Avengers Dean could assemble in future films, and I mean that in a loving way. Really, though, the villain is just a blank canvas for a more entertaining, nefarious plot set over Christmas time.
Another Wolfcop still has the core of what we loved about the first one while improving on the formula. Our beloved characters all return, this time with more experience under their belts. The gags are even funnier, and the cameos are insane. There’s a certain Canadian loving director that makes a fitting appearance, and you may or may not be able to pick out some Astron-6 members. If you didn’t like the first film’s slapstick blend of gore and humor, then this probably won’t change your mind, but if it was the lower budget that put you off, then give this a chance. It’s a side-splitting, violent sequel that gives fans exactly what they want and more. I’m ready for Wolfcop III, Mr. Dean.
Another Wolfcop [FF Review]