WolfCop

Released: 2014

Directed by Lowell Dean

Lately, I’ve been reviewing a lot of cheese. In February and March, we looked at later entries in the Friday the 13th series, and, in April, we have reviews for Invasion of the Undead and Satanic Panic 2: Battle of the Bands (coming next week!). We’ve given all four positive reviews, especially the latter two. Now, WolfCop comes along with a good bit of hype and, though it pains me to say it, delivers a delicious heaping helping of cheese.

The first thing one will notice is that the story is pretty much flat. With one exception, the characters straightforward: Lou is a drunkard cop; Tina is a frustrated cop; etc. Revealing any more than this reveals too much, which has led some critics to conclude that the story doesn’t matter. This is surely not the case; WolfCop has a fun coherent, yet simple, story. It’s difficult to convey just how important it is to have coherence irrespective of how dumbed-down and one dimensional the characters are.

The B-Movie action is better than expected, but there is too little of it. In one particularly great sequence, a minion gets his face ripped off and thrown onto a car’s windshield. As the action scene progresses, the guy inside the car turns on the windshield wipers and the face is smeared back and forth through continual cuts back. Near the scene’s conclusion, the now-skeleton-faced man pops up on the side of the car and screams.

The cast fit the bill quite well. One thing that bothered me throughout though is that Jonathan Cherry’s (yes, the same Jonathan Cherry from House of the Dead) role as Willie reminded me a bit too much of David Arquette in Scream. It would be interesting to know whether or not Cherry or Lowell Dean, the director, was going for this.

WolfCop is the most hyped film I’ve reviewed since The Babadook, and it surprisingly does justice to the hype. To be fair, no one is claiming it to be the best film ever.

Rating: 6/10

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