When you hear of a film called Wolf Cop it is going to be quite hard to be surprised by its content.
If it has a cop who turns into a werewolf then you know all bases have been covered,and Wolf Cop does exactly that. ‘Half man ,half beast, all cop’ could have been the perfect tagline for the movie if it had come out in a different decade!
This movie is coming from a long tradition of mashup style movies, the most obvious being 1990’s Full Eclipse, which featured a more human looking werewolf cop fighting crime on the streets of LA. Killer cop movies are not a new concept either, with Maniac Cop terrorising the streets in the mid 80s. Recently there has been a huge amount of movies harking back to this 80s exploitation era with titles like Manborg, Ninja Zombie and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter all popping up within the last few years. Wolf Cop seems to be of a similar ilk.
Funded by the CineCoup Film Accelerator project (a scheme set up to help independent film makers develop, market and finance their movies), it is the creation of Lowell Dean (13 Eerie) who is writer and director, with Leo Fafard (I Heart Regina) as the title character. Praise should also go to creature creator Emersen Ziffle, whose work on Wolf Cop is very impressive for a low budget feature like this. Even though word of this movie has been floating around the internet since July of last year, not much else has been revealed about it other than a few bits and pieces. We do have a brief synopsis which will give an idea of where the film is heading.
It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn.
Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou’s senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fuelled werewolf. WOLF COP is one cop’s quest to become a better man…
One transformation at a time.
We also have the teaser trailer which offers some tongue in cheek comedy horror action.
So it would appear Satanism and witchcraft play a key part in the birth of Wolf Cop. The trailer shows us a nice balance of gore, comedy and drama which will hopefully translate over to the feature film. At the start of this article I mentioned this feeling like it fitted in well with the new wave of 80s exploitation movies, and with its humorous elements and bloody disembowelling it still seems the case. But with the orchestral style soundtrack it also feels like The Wolfman, harking back to the days of Lon Chaney Jr.; though Chaney’s werewolves never got his claws dirty like Wolf Cop does here (the censors would never have allowed it).
Aside from the movies concept and the teaser trailer, one of the other exciting elements to this film has been the poster and fan art that has sprung up since its announcement. Understandably this type of genre movie gives artists a wide spectrum to create with and the visual aspect of a wolf in cops clothing must be an exciting prospect to put into art form. One of the most creative cover and poster artists out there for low budget retro exploitation style movies is Tom “The Dude” Hodge, and his piece is one of the many fantastic pieces of art that have come out in promotion of Wolf Cop. See the gallery below for more examples of Wolf Cop poster art.
If you want to learn more about the furred law enforcement officer than check the official WolfCop Facebook or Twitter for the best places to get up to date wolf news. The film is scheduled for release in June of this year. We will find out then if this film is to be a howling success or not.