Friday, March 13, 2015

WolfCop Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, announces the release of the cult horror film WolfCop, written and directed by Lowell Dean (13 Eerie) and starring Leo Fafard (Corner Gas: The Movie), Amy Matysio (Lawrence & Holloman), Jonathan Cherry (Final Destination 2), Aidan Devine ("Outlander") and Sarah Lind (Severed). Officer Lou Garou isn’t the best cop in small-town Woodhaven – in fact, he’s probably the worst. He mostly just looks to avoid anything that could possibly interfere with his goal of getting wasted. One evening during the night shift, Lou investigates a mysterious disturbance at the edge of town and wakes up with a pentagram carved in his chest, heightened senses and body hair that’s growing at an alarming rate. To solve the mystery of his transformation, he’ll have to take on a case no normal cop would be able to solve, but this half-man, half-beast is not just a cop…he’s a WolfCop.
Film (3 out of 5 stars)
So, WolfCop. According to the tagline he is “Half man. Half wolf. All cop.” When I was first asked if I was interested in reviewing WolfCop I passed, but rethought it and decided to go ahead and do it. It is on the shorter side (under 80 minutes) and I thought “why not?” Little did I know how utterly entertained I would be.

Sgt. Lou Garou is a small town sheriff’s deputy who spends more time getting drunk that doing actual police work. One evening, he responds to a call citing a disturbance in the woods and is attacked. He wakes up the next morning in his own bed, only to discover a pentagram carved on his chest and feeling a little strange. That evening, while on duty… but really drinking in the local bar, Lou undergoes a huge change and turns into a werewolf. He disposes of a few of the local bad guys and saves the life of the bartender, who is very grateful. 

The next day, Lou begins researching the occult and figuring out what has happened to him and with the help of one of his friends, begins to understand that he’s now a wolf. That evening, he locks himself in a cell at the sheriff’s office. But when a call comes in that a local store is being robbed, he breaks out and responds to the call. WolfCop takes care of the robbers and decides to embrace his new found life. He begins administering justice as WolfCop, but when he’s answering a call to a meth lab, he’s taken prisoner and when he awakes, he finds himself in the middle of the woods… only this time, he might not make it out alive.

As I watched this movie, I was thinking to myself that this was one of the dumbest movies I’ve ever seen. Don’t get me wrong. It’s sooooooo dumb. But it’s a mix of comedy and horror (?) and after watching the behind the scenes features, it looks like they didn’t take themselves too seriously. As I let the movie sink in, I found myself more entertained at the ridiculousness. The actors looked like they had fun with it, didn’t expect too much, and knew they weren’t making an award-winning movie.
Video (3 out of 5 stars)
The 1080p high-definition widescreen presentation of WolfCop is good. Some of the scenes were a little dark and it had an 80s feel to some of the camerawork, but it worked for this movie. There’s a lot of blood but it wasn’t unrealistic. The look of the Wolfcop was old school and worked well on camera. All the different aspects made this movie work well on the screen.
Audio (2 1/2 out of 5 stars)
WolfCop is presented in English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. The volume was a little inconsistent, especially in the special features. I turned the volume was down and still felt it was really loud. The dialogue was clear and easily heard. Subtitles in English SDH are also included.
Extras (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)
Here are the extras that are included on the 
  • WolfCop Unleashed: Behind the Scenes Featurette – A 45 minute look at how the movie started, how the filmmakers won a contest that funded the movie, and all the behind the scenes footage and interviews from the film. 
  • The Birth of WolfCop
  • CineCoup: Year in Review – The announcement of the film contest
  • CineCoup: Cineplex Promo – The promo for the contest.
  • Mission Videos 1-6 – Six videos made by the filmmakers promoting their movie.
  • CineCoup: Banff Be Brave: Final Reveal – The announcement that WolfCop won the contest.
  • Film Outtakes – A little over three minutes of outtakes from the film. These were quite entertaining.
  • Film Commentary with Writer/Director, Lowell Dean, and Special Effects Artist, Emersen Ziffle 
  • WolfCop Music Video – Oh. My. God!! There is a music video. This is more awesome than I ever could have imagined.
  • Trailers
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Original Concept Trailer
  • Skydive Promo
  • Trailer Park Boys Shout Out
  • Special Thanks – One minute of a scrolling thank you to everyone who helped get the film made.
Summary (3 out of 5 stars)
The longer I let WolfCop sit and marinate after watching it, the more I found myself enjoying what I saw. I’m not sure how often I will watch it, but I do know I’ll watch it again. It’s cheesy, it’s funny, it’s over-the-top. But none of it makes for a terrible movie. It’s fun. And I know I’ll watch it again.

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