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Full Moon Features: Another WolfCop (2016)

Craig J. Clark — Jul. 26th 2018

Just as the 1987 Richard Dreyfuss/Emilio Estevez buddy-cop comedy Stakeout begat Another Stakeout in 1993, adding Rosie O’Donnell to the mix for some reason, lowbrow Canadian horror-comedy WolfCop has sired Another WolfCop, which premiered as a work-in-progress at Austin’s Fantastic Fest in 2016 before making its proper debut one year ago at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. To make up for its Rosie O’Donnell deficit, returning writer/director Lowell Dean cast an uncredited Kevin Smith in a glorified cameo as Bubba Rich, the interim mayor of Woodhaven, which is still reeling from the severe power vacuum it suffered following the events of the first film. Dean even contrives to let Smith perform his scenes in a hockey jersey since the supernatural threat facing Woodhaven in the sequel is personified by transparently evil tycoon Sydney Swallows (Yannick Bisson), whose plan to reopen the town’s long-defunct brewery (the ominously named Darkstar) and hockey arena smacks of Brewmeister Smith’s world-domination scheme in the 1983 Bob and Doug McKenzie vehicle Strange Brew.

Unlike that film, Another WolfCop skips the Hamlet allusions, and even eschews the fairy-tale references that littered the first film. It does, however, appear to take a page out of the Bubba the Redneck Werewolf playbook by having Leo Fafard’s Lou Garou hole up at the town animal shelter on the nights of the full moon. Even so, his hairy alter ego (which has become the “official” mascot of Liquor Donuts, naturally) is in the habit of defying recently installed police chief Tina (Amy Matysio) by going out on patrol whenever the mood strikes him. As a matter of fact, WolfCop is introduced in hot pursuit of four miscreants in a truck (three of them played by members of Canadian film collective Astron-6) making a special delivery to Swallows that turns out to be Lou’s buddy Willie (Jonathan Cherry), who was merely being impersonated by one of the Shifters in the first film. Willie’s return to the fold is not without complications, though, as he has been seeded with an alien that spends a good part of the film sticking out of his torso like Kuato from Total Recall.

In addition to the alien-impregnation plot, which is reminiscent of the Roger Corman-produced Carnosaur from 1993, Swallows throws in a cyborg named Frank (Alden Adair) for good measure and sends it on a killing spree at the local strip club to draw WolfCop out. Frank’s defeat comes at a cost, though, prompting Willie to drive the injured Lou all the way to Regina so he can get patched up by Willie’s estranged sister Kat (Serena Miller), who has just the thing for him: a piece of moon rock from one of the Apollo missions. This not only does the trick, it leads to Another WolfCop’s requisite bestial sex scene, in which the roles are reversed this time. The moon dust also comes in handy since Lou needs all the help he can get for his showdown with Swallows at the Darkstar Arena, where the whole shebang comes to a head — and the film ends with a bang.

This probably goes without saying, but fans of the first WolfCop will find plenty to like in Another WolfCop, from the hard-rocking score by Shooting Guns to Emerson Ziffle’s gruseome makeup effects to the committed performances by Fafard, Matysio, Cherry, et al. And they will likely greet the closing promise of WolfCop’s return with a cheer. If I may, I humbly suggest Dean and company consider sending Lou Garou (and whoever wants to tag along with him) overseas next time. How does A Canadian WolfCop in London sound?


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Another WolfCop

A. Quinton — Jul. 11th 2017


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This sequel to the 2014 film WolfCop was green-lit before the original even premiered. In 2016 it made the rounds at festivals in North America. It debuted in Canadian theatres in December 2017, and is likely to see wider theatrical release and distribution on Netflix and other VOD services in 2018.

“Another WolfCop” trailer (or, “your job interview at the end of time”)

A. Quinton — Jul. 10th 2017

You and I are alone in an executive office. I am sitting across from you at a desk. Behind me, a smouldering sunset illuminates the skyline through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The desk is massive, gleaming, its dark varnished surface devoid of objects except for my folded hands and an unbranded video tablet. Its screen is illuminated but shows only a white triangle on a black background.

We sit in silence, the steady eye contact between us drawing out for what seems to you like many minutes, until I lean forward suddenly, as though responding to a signal your senses are not yet attuned to detect. My leather chair creaks as I push the tablet towards you with my stiletto-manicured fingertips. Wordlessly, you accept the device, rotating it so that the triangle points to your right in the universal symbol of commencement, fresh starts, new beginnings. But you have been here before, you tell yourself. This is not new. Can this be right?

“WolfCop?” Your whispered question hovers between us like a frightened hummingbird.

I lean back in my chair, folding my hands, and blink slowly. A look of profound serenity settles on my face, as gentle and implacable as the encroaching twilight. You don’t understand, yet. But you will.

“No,” I murmur. “Another WolfCop.”

As the last sliver of sun sinks below the horizon, presque-vu blooms in your mind, heralding a sudden liminal epiphany – too big to comprehend, but eternal and infinitely knowable. With trembling fingers, you reach out and press “play”.

Thank you to @Somnilux and everyone else who sent me a link to this trailer for the long-awaited sequel to WolfCop. If you’re in Montreal you can catch the Canadian premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival at 2:40 PM on July 29th. If you’re anywhere else in the world, keep an eye on this site for release info.


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WolfCop

A. Quinton — Jul. 10th 2017


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The gross, childish, over-the-top b-movie that I will love and cherish forever. One of Canada’s finest exports. Pairs well with a can of cheap beer.

WolfCop sequel “Another WolfCop” cast photos & screening this Sunday

A. Quinton — Sep. 23rd 2016

The fact that he deputized me as an official WolfCop officer (with a badge and everything) is the only reason I’ll ever forgive writer/director Lowell Dean for not calling the WolfCop sequel “WolfCopier”. I will admit the actual title, Another WolfCop, is apropos, especially when rendered in the style of a hard-boiled cop thriller. God knows the original had enough schlocky 80’s cops & crooks satire to own that look. However, like its predecessor, this Canadian horror-comedy doesn’t take itself too seriously.

After saving Woodhaven from a gang of evil reptilian shapeshifters, alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou is finding it hard to keep a low profile. Instead, he roams the street at night, gleefully and violently disposing of criminals and stealing boxes of Liquor Donuts causing all sorts of problems for his former-partner-turned-chief Tina.

There’s no release date yet, but according to Horror Society, the film will be screening at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this Sunday, September 25th.

Horror Society also got the scoop on the first official photos from the production, revealing an armed and dangerous Tina, Lou and Willie. I was surprised (and delighted) to see this particular lineup back for the sequel, considering the events of the first film, and when it comes out, I’ll be excited to watch it in a theatre that will sell me a beer to drink at the same time.

Hit up Horror Society for the rest of the photos, including an uncomfortably close close-up banner of Lou.

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Crowdfund WolfCop 2’s celebrity cameos & get killed on-screen

A. Quinton — Jun. 9th 2015

The sequel to Canadian horror/comedy WolfCop is “fully financed and ready to shoot”, but in keeping with its community roots, its production team has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help finance the most extraneous, fan-service-y and delightful part of any film: the celebrity stunt-casting.

This is a strange campaign but I can understand the premise – people love it when big-time celebrities drop in to weird indie films for a scene or two. Folks like Bill Murray, Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey have a habit of popping up where you least expect it, and while it’d be nice to think they do it for the love of film, they need to get paid. That’s where this campaign comes in.

The fact is we’d LOVE to make an offer to one of those famous types, but we only have enough money to make the movie. We’re going to need a little extra $upport from YOU to tantalize one of your heroes into accepting a juicy roll in the sequel and as everyone already has some idea of who they want to see, the rest is up to you.

We want YOU to tell us! Who is your HERO? Who do you want to see tearing across the big screen with WolfCop? It could be an actor, musician, athlete, a celebrity personality, anyone! The sky’s the limit, so let your imaginations run wild. Depending on the feedback we get from fans, there could be more than one!

WolfCop MakeupEvery contribution to the campaign earns you three “hero tickets” that you can use to suggest your favourite movie star, athlete, celebrity chef or Vine personality. At the end of the campaign, all of the suggestions will be aggregated, and offers will be made to those people who are most viable, using the raised funds as the deal-sweetener.

In addition to the hero tickets, perks include:

  • Shout outs from WolfCop on social media
  • Props from the WolfCop 2 set
  • Get yourself in the movie
  • Get killed by WolfCop himself
  • And Indiegogo exclusive T-Shirts!

In the campaign video, Lowell Dean says “WolfCop 2 promises to be what T2 was for Terminator.” He’s referring to bigger fights, explosions and spectacle, but I’m going to use my hero tickets to suggest Edward Furlong and Danny Cooksey, and then hope for a scene where they flee from WolfCop on a dirt bike after ripping off an ATM.

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Full Moon Features: WolfCop

Craig J. Clark — Jun. 1st 2015

As a regular contributor to this site for the past four years, I’ve been privy to production details of a great many werewolf films at all stages of their development. There is none, however, that I’ve heard more about than the Canadian horror-comedy WolfCop. From its entry in the CineCoup Film Accelerator competition in the spring of 2013 to the report that it would be hitting movie screens in the U.S. last fall (something that unfortunately never came to pass), there was a time when it seemed like Werewolf News could have been renamed WolfCop News and no one would have batted an eye. Good thing, then, that it more than lives up to the hype.

The brainchild of writer/director Lowell Dean, who wisely doesn’t skimp on the werewolf action, WolfCop stars Leo Fafard as functionally alcoholic sheriff’s deputy Lou Garou (whose name is one of many jokes and puns Dean’s screenplay is littered with), the sort of lawman that gives the badge a bad name, much to the chagrin of his chief (Aidan Devine). He certainly can’t hold a candle to go-getter Tina Walsh (Amy Matysio), who picks up his very loose slack, but that all changes when he’s dispatched to investigate a disturbance in the woods on the outskirts of town — and so does he. “Save me the paperwork. Go the fuck home,” he pleads before stumbling onto the scene of a ritual sacrifice and getting knocked out by a trio of mysterious figures in masks and long cloaks previously glimpsed in the occult symbol-laden credit sequence. The next morning, Lou wakes up to find a pentagram carved into his chest and that his senses are heightened, but that’s nothing compared to what happens when night falls.

One thing for which Dean and his producers can be commended is their insistence on practical makeup and transformation effects. These first come into play in a big way when Lou is doing some police work at his favorite watering hole — the Tooth & Nail Tavern, owned by the shapely Jessica (Sarah Lind) — on the night of the full moon and changes just in time to eviscerate some thugs sent after him for reasons known only to their boss (Jesse Moss), the local drug lord. (I realize they aren’t unique to this film, but the skin-bursting effects are appropriately disgusting.) Subsequently subdued by conspiracy theorist Willie Higgins (Jonathan Cherry), Lou learns more about his condition and the curious history of his town, with its annual Hunt for the Woodhaven Beast, colloquially known as the “Drink ‘n’ Shoot,” which is cancelled every 32 years like clockwork. The real breakthrough happens that night, though, when Lou has Willie lock him in a cell before he transforms, only for him to find he has enough presence of mind to don his uniform and head out into the night (with Willie as his chaperone) to foil a robbery, trick out his squad car, urinate on some vandals, and destroy a meth lab. It’s all in a night’s work for WolfCop.

I suppose because he couldn’t resist, Dean slips a few fairy-tale references into the proceedings. Not only does WolfCop neutralize a trio of notorious robbers in pig masks, but he also has a run-in with a Little Red Riding Hood that turns decidedly steamy. Less expected is the apparent nod to Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master since it eventually comes out that alcohol increases his strength considerably. That it also activates his quip-delivery centers (“What the fuck are you?” asks one miscreant. “The fuzz,” he growls) pretty much goes with the territory.

Get some more Lou Garou in your (hopefully not torn-off) face with WolfCop: Fleshmob

A. Quinton — May. 7th 2015

After staring in a film and a comic book, the alcoholic werewolf cop you know and tolerate because he’s armed love is back for another adventure, this time in his very own novel.

Wolfcop: Fleshmob by Brad Munson is the first in what’s likely to be an ongoing series of novels set in Woodhaven, the lucky(?) town with a police force that consists solely of Tina, a hyper-vigilant supercop with an enormous rifle, and Lou, a perpetually hung-over werewolf who keeps accidentally kicking his sidearm under the car.

I asked the WolfCop team if this novel takes place before or after WolfCop 2 (which starts filming this summer!), and the question was either misunderstood or they’re deliberately messing with me. Based on the synopsis it could be either, but it would be particularly fun to read a pulpy novel that connects the end of one pulpy film with the start of another.

There’s been a massacre at Woodhaven Mall–but it looks like the shoppers themselves did the killing. What drove them mad? And how can WolfCop make sure it won’t happen again?

Lou (WolfCop) Garou is sent to investigate. Along the way he hooks up with a sexy Extreme Wiccan by the unlikely name of Isadora Tree. Soon they are under attack by a seemingly endless stream of redneck thugs and musically enchanted zombies–and as the moon waxes, Lou grows more wolfish every day.

Then things gets really weird.

Ride along with Lou and Izzy on a bizarre cross-country road trip to uncover the secret of the massacre–and the musical mind control that’s behind it. It’s an arcane adventure filled with gun battles, car chases, beautiful girls, evil mullets, and all kinds of big, bad WolfCop!

WolfCop: Fleshmob is available as an e-book on Amazon, Google Play and the iTunes Store.

Hey America! Get ready for WolfCop

A. Quinton — Aug. 6th 2014

As reported by Shock Till You Drop and corroborated through official channels, Canada’s favourite alcoholic werewolf lawman is headed south. Image Entertainment has secured U.S. distribution rights to Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy WolfCop, which means officer Lou Garou will soon be splattering gore, puke and other bodily fluids across the screens of theatres across America. No release date has been announced yet, but I’d wager the cost of Lou’s bar tab that it’ll be in theatres in time for Halloween.

And yes, I finally got a chance to see WolfCop myself, thanks to the Rio Theatre in Vancouver. The experience warrants a review post of its own, but suffice it to say, it was everything I expected, and more.

“WolfCop 2” greenlit weeks before “WolfCop” premiere

A. Quinton — May. 19th 2014

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, CineCoup has already approved a sequel to WolfCop, despite the fact that the public won’t get to see the first film until June 6th. After “unanimous positive” reactions to the from buyers at Cannes, the Canadian film company has scheduled a Fall 2014 shoot / early 2015 “worldwide” release, with Lowell Dean returning to direct. From the press release:

“We are ecstatic by the reception of international buyers to CineCoup’s first feature film,” says Brad Pelman, CineCoup President, Distribution and Sales. “Based on the unanimous positive reaction to the film, we will be putting Wolfcop 2 into production this fall. We can’t divulge much about the storyline at this point, only that it will be dirtier and harrier than the first one.”

Lowell made some comments about possible sequels in the recent WolfCop AMA on Reddit, but I certainly wasn’t expecting an official announcement four days later. As actor James Whittingham said on Twitter last night, it looks like Lowell will go “at least a quarter of a decade thinking about werewolves 24/7”. Welcome to my world.

Congratulations to the entire WolfCop team!