Meanwhile, in Canada…
Dir. Lowell Dean
Runtime: 82 minutes
Starring: Leo Fafard, Yannick Bisson, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry
3 years after the first “Wolfcop” (2014) film, Woodhaven’s Lycanthrope law enforcement officer, Lou Garou, get’s a second outing. This time around the Wolfcop, Garou, attempts to stop an evil businessman, Sydney Swallows (Yannick Bisson), who wants to mutate and kill the townsfolk (and eventually no doubt the World too) using his ‘chicken-milk beer‘ and some state of the art technology. Swallows is offering the town a new hockey stadium and brewery to accept him, something that Mayor Bubba (cameo by Kevin Smith) is more than happy to do. But, Lou knows well enough to do some homework on the entrepreneur first – and things just don’t add up.
Lowell Dean’s first “Wolfcop” film was an apologetically low-budget B-Movie and things haven’t changed much this time out. With any sequel I expect and hope for some improvements so that the same thing isn’t being rehashed over and over again. Unfortunately this film is just that, nothing new, just a bit of a continuation from the last film. It was nice to see the cameo from Kevin Smith, but it also felt a little tacky and forced.
Gory, violent, and tongue in cheek – this cheesy Canadian film is loaded with plenty of 80’s appeal in a similar way to its predecessor. Just look at the poster art/ cover for the film – it’s a copy of the Stallone film “Cobra” (1986). “Another Wolfcop” certainly ticks the gore and crass humour checkboxes, and it has sex and partial nudity too (even going full frontal werewolf nudity!). It’s all done so in a good-natured way in which the film is happy to demonstrate that it doesn’t take itself seriously. There are moments when this film is practically begging to be a Troma release with the style it adopts – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Lowell Dean’s film is not with a few issues though. I thought that the film had a fairly weak and unoriginal plot – as it played out it actually felt like I had seen this all unfold before just with a different setup, depending on the film. There were times where the story and characters felt rushed with no exploration going on – I know it’s a sequel but not everybody has been lucky enough to learn about the wolfcop’s origins, or the kind of person/cop he is. The pace of the film was a little jumbled too, there were times when it dragged, and equally times where something happened and before I got to enjoy it, it was over already. Another slight negative – the gut-wrenching gore was just for visuals rather than having justification, it became a gag in itself, rather than an extension or compliment to a gag. I feel harsh writing that, I usually love gore in films – but here it was used a little cheaper than in the first “Wolfcop” film.
I love bad films, I love cheesy films, I love bad humour, I love random gore and over the top effects – but this felt like everything had been rushed, not thought through properly, and slightly under-cooked. After the failed promise delivery of the first film I expected this would bring some of that failed potential to fruition – maybe the concept just needed one film to bed itself in before it got good. But, no, it didn’t – it failed to delivery the promise again. This film was more just a case of looking at what happened ‘next week‘ for wolfcop, rather than it being a great stand-alone feature. It could have been soo much better – but that’s not to say it wasn’t OK, it just wasn’t “sh$t the bed” brilliant. It was just OK.
I can only give this 6 out of 10 stars, which is the same score as the first “Wolfcop” film got from me. Originally I intended only giving this 5 out of 10, due to it not having as much impact as the first film had – it didn’t do anything new and exciting – it failed to deliver on promise again! I gave it an extra star however because of one thing, and this might seem childish or petty or even slightly sexist. But, because “Another Wolfcop” managed to ‘out-boob’ the amount of boob that “Total Recall” (1990) got famous for showing on one of it’s martians – I had to give it “Another Wolfcop” an extra star. And now because of admitted that in a public blog, I’m going to scrub myself clean and then hang my head in shame for the next 24 hours.