WolfCop, written and directed by Lowell Dean, has the feel of an early 90s direct-to-video horror film. Its sensibilities and production value fall somewhere between Troma and Full Moon.
In some ways this works wonderfully, while in others it doesn’t quite. On the one hand, WolfCop is exactly what one might expect it to be. On the other, it doesn’t quite deliver on the level I was hoping that it would. Perhaps with some tweaks to the script and the effects it could’ve gotten closer.
The effects are serviceable at times (and the WolfCop himself is just fine for what he is), but are cringe-worthy at others, particularly toward the finale. Also, the WolfCop character is pretty much exactly what he should be. It just would have been nice to have a more engaging movie for him to run with. Perhaps a sequel could take things up a notch.
Ultimately, I feel like WolfCop might have worked better as a fake trailer. After all, the actual trailer was awesome. The werewolf even somewhat resembles a Nazi wolf soldier from Rob Zombie’s faux trailer Werewolf Women of the SS, particularly once the the machine gun firing starts.
There are definitely some entertaining scenes, but for a movie called WolfCop, I was hoping they weren’t quite so few and far between, particularly since the run-time is just shy of 80 minutes.
The film does pay homage to various werewolf films of the past, and I appreciate that these include titles like the original Teen Wolf and Ginger Snaps. In fact, Ginger Snaps actor Jesse Moss is even in the movie.
There are enough face and throat rippings to keep it from lacking too much in the gore department, but the comedic tone never quite gels in any particularly funny ways in my opinion. Of course, humor is subjective.
I do feel that WolfCop would have played nicely on USA Up All Night, which certainly represents a time of my life I remember very fondly. Something tells me that if it were actually from that period I’d have a better connection with it, so that probably says more about me than it does the actual movie.
It doesn’t quite have the feel of a Syfy original, but I would definitely have no problem imagining it playing on the channel in the 90s.
At times, the music is reminiscent of something you’d hear in Sons of Anarchy, but not in a good way.
I can’t honestly say I’d recommend WolfCop to people unless they’re looking for a very specific type of low budget horror cheese, but fortunately, that’s likely the film’s intended audience. I can say, however, that if someone cares in the first place about watching a movie called WolfCop, I wouldn’t stop them from giving it a chance. As 79 minutes of mindless entertainment, you could do a lot worse. There is, at least, some fun to be had here. Maybe just not quite as much as you’re hoping for.
Either way, the trailer and poster are still bad ass.
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I realize this review is kind of all over the place, but that’s pretty much a direct reflection of how I felt while watching the movie.
WolfCop is due out on DVD on March 10.