When I first watched the trailer for Wolfcop, I immediately dismissed it as a piece of low-budget fluff. It looked jokey, hokey and altogether terrible. How wrong I was. Wolfcop is a rare and deliberate attempt at cult film making that actually works.
I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen this happen. A film comes out with gonzo marketing; overflowing with the “cool” factor. It’s almost clumsy in its attempt to please and hook you. The filmmakers are better at promotion than they are directing and the final product reeks of desperation. The most recent example I can remember of this was the horror film Muck that came out earlier in 2015. The marketing made it look like the second coming of the slasher film. A slightly different example from farther back is Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer. Both films were woefully terrible.
I am excited to report that Wolfcop captures that rare essence of the cult classic. The marketing promises a fun and hilarious horror action romp and Wolfcop delivers from start to finish. For me it was easier to think of Wolfcop as a superhero horror film. Lou Gaou is our anti-hero, following in a long line of the archetype involving characters ranging from Evil Dead Ash Williams to Big Trouble in Little China Jack Burton. He is uninterested, unprepared and intoxicated. He doesn’t care, he’s effortlessly cool and endlessly likable. Leo Fafard nails the character with flying colors. I won’t say the whole film turns on his characterization, but without Fafard’s deadpan portrayal I’m not sure the film would have played as well.
What also impressed me was the directing. I am unfamiliar with director Lowell Dean so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I am happy to report the cinematography is crisp, interesting and charismatic. Visual effects give the action punch, the jokes land skillfully and running gags come and go without driving their points into the ground. Writer/Director Lowell Dean also has concocted a story that is as interesting as it is funny. From the stylish opening credits to the post-film stinger, Wolfcop has the total package.
For horror fanatics, there is amble flesh on display. We have some great T & A from the ladies and some practical gore effects from the guys. There are faces ripped off, limbs strewn about and several awesome werewolf transformations. The pace is brisk and the movie never overstays its welcome.
I will fully admit that I misjudged this one. Lowell Dean aims for a fun party atmosphere and achieves it so well he makes it appear effortless. I actually don’t have anything negative to say about his film. Wolfcop ends just when it should and leaves the audience wanting more. If you haven’t already, make sure you buy this one.
New Cult Classic
This one ticks all of the boxes necessary for a modern horror gem. Make sure you watch it.