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The Buzz:

wolfcop-dvd-cover-92 

      A small town cop named Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) is a
worthless drunk of a cop. Until he gets turned into a werewolf just before the towns big Hunting and Booze festival. Using good old fashioned whiskey to fuel his werewolf powers he must undo the hundreds of year old dasterdly plot of a few lizard-like shapeshifters who intend to control everything.. or some things, at least.

 

 

Life of the Party:

 

     The moment I heard that the main character's name was Lou Garou (Loup Garou is french for "werewolf") I said aloud "This movie is Canadian, isn't it?" And sure enough, it is. Oh howdy, is it Canadian. I don't mean that as an insult and many in America may initially read it that way, but no... Canada just has a particular sense of humor that after being around 33 years like myself you just sort of start to get a scent for (get it? this movie is about werewolves. heightened senses. forget it.) When you've watched enough Candian comedians like Michael Meyers, John Candy, Leslie Nielsen, Phil Hartman, etc... there a "je ne sais quoi" that Canadian humor has (get it again? Canadians. French term). Wolfcop has that Candian stink all over it, in a good way! Look, those guys I listed back there are comedic LEGENDS and while maybe I am angry at our neighbors up north for the music they force upon us it's hard to stay mad with the comedy they lend us. 

 

     Now, that said. This isn't going to live up (I don't think...) to the test of time like Naked Gun or So I Married an Axe Murderer... or anything, but the movie offers a lot of good dark humor and slap your forehead puns that you're going to chuckle at. All while packaging in some quality practical effects (for it's budget) and solid writing - delivering a twist that works better than anything M. Night Shaymalan has done, and that hack has won an Academy Award!

 

     You know us here at Tanked Matinee by now, I hope (feel free to get to know us if not). You know we like independent low budget films because you get weird shit you're not going to see come out of Hollywood. Our only criteria for a good movie is, regardless of genre, is it fun to watch? Wolfcop is an undeniable yes. It's fun to watch, and it is only more fun with more people watching it. It's a movie almost designed specifically for riffing on while also endearing itself to you.

 

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Wolfcop is a big fan of Travolta/Cage films

 

Potential Hangovers:

 

     Pretty standard warnings here. It's an independent film without a hollywood budget, it's got some blood and gore (though, relatively tame [HA!] for the genre. Those polite Canadians...), and it's a ridiculous premise. If these AREN'T your style of film you know that already and what the fuck are you doing reading this review? Other than that... it's pretty punny. And MANY of the jokes are sort of all of the "wolf" variety. So there's one trick here throughout the film and they kind of beat that trick with a dead horse. You may find yourselves saying "I get it! He's a werewolf!" But when you make your bed and your bed is made of werewolves, you sort of have to decorate the bedroom accordingly... you also may get fleas. You also have a weird and interesting room I'd like to see. You thought that metaphor was going to be sloppy, nah, man... I pulled it together. It works. 

 

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Wolfcop has his own comic and action figures? Moichandizing, am I right Mr. Brooks?

 

The Atmosphere: Casual Gathering, Large Party

 

     As I said earlier, the movie was made almost in a way that it WANTS you to make fun of it. Like it knows that watching cheezy movies and making fun of them brings people together and these kind Canadian film makers want nothing MORE than to bring people together. But at the same time it's so lovingly crafted in it's cheeziness that you're laughing WITH it and not at it. The film and it's premise wiggles it's way into your subcauchles (sp?) so that you end up loving it for what it is, not just that it's so-bad-it's-hilarious. Because it's NOT bad. It's just bad ENOUGH. I don't know that I can capitalize SINGLE words in a sentence more to get my point across better. If the idea of a werewolf cop in a small town fighting against shapeshifting lizards while fueled by whiskey sounds like something you and your friends would enjoy, put this in. It won't disappoint. Even better, they funded a sequel - Wolfcop II through crowdfunding. So the fun doesn't have to stop! I'll be looking to get my hands on that and try to see whether number 2 holds up or ended up a shit in the proverbial woods. 

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Fucking Werewolf Cop.

+ Really well done plot twist.

+ Well acted, funny.

- Jokes are all pulled from the same trough, largely.

- Made me think of old lady vaginas.

 

Drinking Rules:

 

- Drink when someone else takes a drink.

- Drink when Wolfcop seems to forget her's a werewolf and shoots somebody.

- Finish your drink if you didn't see that shit coming.

- Waterfall for as long as it takes Wolfcop to transform. 

HARDCORE MODE: Drink every time a reference to a wolf, in any way, is made. 

 

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