He’s a wolf, he’s a cop. This week’s B-movie is Wolfcop.
B movies are the glue stuck in between all the other genres, oftentimes refusing to conform to any particular genre presets. Some but not all of the hallmarks of a B movie include scripts that read like they were written by a room full of eighth-graders, poor visual effects, cringe-inducing dialogue, low budget production design, and zany plot contrivances. You’re aware of the hallmarks, right? B-movies often reek of amateur flair. Thought you were about to watch a great white shark hunted in dramatic fashion like only Steven Spielberg can deliver? Nope, this is Sharknado.
Why do we love B movies? I think B movies are comforting. You know what you’re about to watch is bad. If you’re fortunate it may be so bad that it’s good. You’ll often scratch your head trying to work out the plot. Out of the many good films you’ve seen, I bet you can talk with more vigor about the worst ones you’ve seen. They’re unforgettable. There’s something comforting about that I think. Besides they’ve been around just as long as the movie industry.
Believe it or not, chances are there’s a B movie for you. So I compiled a list of 50 B movies you must see before you die. No decade is off-limits. No rating is too taboo. For the next 49 weeks, I will introduce and recommend a B movie for your viewing pleasure. Yes, these are exciting times indeed my fanatical friends.
Week 15 – Wolfcop
Hello, everyone. If you’ve been keeping up with the 50 B Movies… list, then boy you have read about (and hopefully watched) some good ones. And today, I have another one that I could not resist adding to this list: Canadian horror-comedy, Wolfcop. Here’s a brief synopsis to get us started:
As a series of strange and violent events begin to occur, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan.
Sounds pretty normal, actually. Not as ridiculous as most B movies you may come across. But don’t worry, this one reeks of silly B movie goodness. Wolfcop is full of cheesy wolf puns, over-the-top gore, and tells a very unconventional superhero origin story.
A Superhero Movie?
The film’s main character, Lou Garou (which is the French word for “werewolf”) is about as far from a superhero as they come. He is a deadbeat cop who spends more time drinking than doing actual police work. Lou lives in Woodhaven, a town full of secrets and crime – understandable considering there are only three police officers, and one of them does all the work. Lou’s general disregard makes him an almost unredeemable character. But, perhaps it is fitting to have an offbeat protagonist for an offbeat film. I mean, the guy gets his ability to transform into a werewolf from a Satanic ritual performed by evil shapeshifters. Talk about offbeat. And to top that off, booze enhances his werewolf strength with every chug. Good writing? Maybe not, but pretty damn entertaining.
It is more accurate to label this movie as a horror-comedy, which is probably best defined by the horribly graphic, yet hilariously inappropriate werewolf transformation scene. You’ll never guess which part of Lou starts to transform first. Furthermore, writer and director Lowell Dean uses lots of unexpected visuals to catch you off guard with a laugh. For instance, Wolfcop tears a goon’s face clean off, and slices another’s arm in a matter of seconds. And while this movie does sound gory, it looks far from realistic. Plenty of B-movie corn syrup for blood and special effects budgeting in this one. That being said, I still would not show your grandma this one.
As many of you know, a great soundtrack can really make it or break it for a movie, and boy does Wolfcop deliver some awesome tunes. The music for the film is all originally written and performed by Canadian heavy metal band, Shooting Guns. I’m a hard rocker at heart, so I’ll admit my bias here, but just give the song “Lycanthrope” a listen. The heavily distorted guitars and fast-paced tempos definitely complement the intensely graphic action scenes in this film.
The great part about Wolfcop, like many great B-movies, is that it does not take itself too seriously. The acting and dialogue are purposefully bad, but it is not distracting. The cast seems along for the ride, especially Willie’s character (that guy was having a blast). The movie itself seems aware of its ridiculous premise, making it a fun watch that not only delivers a good laugh, but a decent story. While it is a simple plot, the twist is one I did not see coming. Mainly because I did not expect to see coherent storytelling accompanied by such a silly premise, but hey that’s why Wolfcop is a B-movie gem. And whether it is a superhero film or not, it is definitely worth 79 minutes of your time. I may just have to check out the sequel, Another Wolfcop. Stay tuned, maybe it will make the list.
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