Like most people I have talked to, my interest in seeing Wolfcop was based almost entirely on that awesome little poster you see above, designed by none other than Tom “The Dude Designs” Hodge. I mean, look at that gorgeous thing up there. Then, you have the trailer, which promises exactly what the title would suggest, an over-the-top movie about a cop-turned-werewolf, and for better or worse, you have my attention. From what I’ve gathered, The Canadian CineCoup held a short film competition, and the winner was awarded a million bucks to make their film, and limited Canadian theatrical distribution. Wolfcop weathered the contest, and emerged victorious, and now we have the feature-length film to peruse. It is unknown at this time, just exactly how big the reach of the film will get, but I can at least assume that the US and possibly the UK will get DVD releases of the film, if not a limited theatrical run. I’d say it will eventually have a VOD date as well, but this is all speculation until more concrete information is made available. For now, a digital screener was made available for my viewing pleasure, and that’s good enough for me.
It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou’s senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf. WOLFCOP is one cop’s quest to become a better man… One transformation at a time.
I’ll admit that Wolfcop is not going to be for everyone. If you have trouble suspending disbelief, or just generally allowing yourself to be entertained by a movie without nitpicking all of its faults rather than embracing its merits, then you will probably not have the same experience as I did. Personally, I loved this film. I recognize that it is not without its faults, but for a million dollar movie, and a genre of film that goes almost entirely ignored, I feel like it delivered what it promised and then some. Once the main character realizes what he is, and understands what it is he can do, there are several scenes where he heads out to fight crime post-transformation that were some of the most entertaining moments I’ve witnessed in an independent film this year. Writer/Director Lowell Dean and Writer Bannister Bergen knew exactly what they wanted to accomplish with Wolfcop, and managed to do so admirably. Wolfcop is part Teen Wolf, part Robocop, and ALL badass. If you are a fan of quirky independent genre fare, you will want to seek this film out when you have the opportunity.