Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Film Review: WOLFCOP (2014)

There’s a new cop in town.  He’s horny, a drunk, and now he’s part wolf and part cop and he’s here to take out the trash.  This is the allure of the film WolfCop (2014), an homage to ‘80s and ‘90s action films that cared more about action and less about everything else.  Written and directed by Lowell Dean this is the story of Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) who doesn’t value his job as a cop and is more often drunk or late or both when on the job.  One night he is abducted and becomes part of a sacred ritual in which he is made into a werewolf as part of a sacrificial lamb. 

Instead of sitting down and doing nothing he decides to give back to his community and take out the trash which have been calling the streets of his city home.  As he discovers a newborn strength he never had, Lou soon realizes that he’s got only until the eclipse to discover who wants him dead and why before he becomes food for an even more deadly menace.

Fans of such recent throwback films as Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009), Hobo With a Shotgun (2011) and Machete (2010) will enjoy this style of film.  It does play loose and hard with the werewolf mythology which is part of its greatest strength as it tries to bring something new and interesting to the tired genre.  Those looking for something new and different should definitely check this film out but traditionalist should probably stay clear of this film.

There is plenty of gore and violence to appease the horror fan and enough action to appease the action junkies but the film lacks any real sense of dread or suspense which is defused by the comedy in the film.  All in all, not a bad film but not a great one either.

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