Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) [yes, really, Lou Garou. It’s that kind of a film] is a policeman who spends most of his time, on and off duty, drinking. So he is not surprised when he wakes up one morning not clearly remembering what happened the night before. Only that this time it is a little different. He is a little different when he wakes up – as is proven during the next full moon when he turns into a werewolf. But he still has to figure out the who, how and why of his new state.
I expected this film to be a lot funnier than it was. The concept sounds so promising [I feel like this is what I say about most /slash movies this year: “concept good, execution not so much”. That and “where the fuck did the satanists come from all of a sudden?”.] but instead of building from the concept, they relied too much on it alone.
Don’t get me wrong, WolfCop has its funny moments. And it really manages to emulate the spirit of the 70s/80s trashy horror movies perfectly. Obviously Lowell Dean has a lot of love for these films and that translates very well to this film. I also liked the werewolf design in this one much better than in Late Phases.
But it would have needed a little more. A tighter plot. More than one joke. Better characterization. Not that I expected a piece of art, but I did expect to at least be able to relate to Lou and that didn’t happen. In fact, Lou’s lack of characterization was one of the main issues I had with the film. At first he is pretty disgusting, drunk and aggressive, and I just couldn’t by into his development throughout the film.
Also, was it really necessary to have a (surprisingly long) sex scene with him in wolf form? I mean, rather that wolf form than the one from Late Phases, but still… it’s the second time I saw this in a rather short period of time (the other was Wolf Children) and I just don’t warm to the concept.
But all that aside, I just expected the movie to be funnier than it was. But I barely laughed at all. Instead I spent long stretches feeling bored.