Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
Did I initially relish the fact that I needed to (okay, it wasn’t a necessity to view the first film, but it helped) watch two films to write one review? No.
But imagine my surprise when the first film disgusted (in a good way), delighted and totally entertained me!
So naturally – I assumed that digging into this sequel (and penning my subsequent write-up) would be a pleasure – and it totally was!
Another Wolfcop follows the cast of characters from the original film, as they continue to battle the supernatural forces of evil. Back in action is Lou (Leo Fafard) and now-police chief, Tina (Amy Matysio). Enter into the depressed economy currently pummeling their community of Woodhaven, a major corporate entity (which includes a brand new hockey stadium and a beer brewery making “Chicken Milk” – a pale ale) has come into town to “help” the struggling city. Said entity, DarkStar, is headed by the evil Mr. Swallows (Yannick Bisson) – and you just know that he and his cronies have more in mind than kindness and raising up the citizens of Woodhaven. Could this evil plot somehow be related to the antics and danger of the original film?
There appears to be a larger budget at play in the sequel. The stunts, gore effects and overall scope seem to have improved from the first film (not that they were bad in the original).
The gore comes fast and furious, with dripping entrails, splattered blood and torn limbs. And if you thought the first film was bloody, prepare yourself for the epic bloodletting present here. It’s never gross-out – more along the lines of an over-the-top cartoon. The ridiculousness (read: awesome) of these effects perfectly matches what we’ve come to know is the film’s intended tone. Like the film, the gore is no holds-barred in its wackiness.
I also found Wolfcop’s makeup a bit better this time around. Add into that an additional creature (and potential love interest for Lou) and it’s a duo of nifty werewolf get-ups.
The practical puppet effects are a hoot – both in something which directly effects our beloved Willie (Jonathan Cherry) and those creatures we’ll see in a knock-down, drag out climax at the new hockey rink. The Willie creature feels like an homage to Henenlotter’s Brain Damage, while the creatures as a whole conjure images of both Dante’s Gremlins, as well as the puppet lizard baby from V: The Final Battle. Bottom line: these creatures, their designs and their practical execution – are a great deal of fun.
There’s something reminiscent here about Halloween III: Season of the Witch (a call-out which I loved) – in how a powerful and evil corporation spreads their product far and wide – in order to instantaneously wreak havoc on hundreds of innocent citizens – all at the push of a button which activates said havoc. I can’t imagine this was a coincidence. And calling out the (now) beloved 1982 classic – only makes me appreciate Another Wolfcop all the more.
What I loved about both Wolfcop films, was the fact that although these characters are written and played as over-the-top – and yet we really do care for them, and about their well-being.
Tops on this list of sympathetic characters is Jonathan Cherry’s Willie. Based on the events during the climax of the original film, I wouldn’t have expected to see Willie back in the game. But back he is – and without a doubt, he’s my favorite. Willie gets the best lines, and Cherry brings so many feelings of “I just wanna give Willie a hug”. His most telling and wonderful moment (after he has expressed his happiness to be back with Leo) is when he gives Leo a “I love you, man” kiss on the cheek. There was an audible “awwww” from me. And again, in a film series called Wolfcop – who would have expected such a reaction? For a first screening of the original, just the night before – I was shocked to see how relieved and excited I was to see Willie reappear. A testament to the character and to the performance.
One of the best goofy bits in the film, is finding Kevin Smith (yes, that Kevin Smith) in a cameo role as Woodhaven’s new mayor. Brilliant casting!
I was in love with the ‘80s-inspired song choices from the film (from both films, actually) and were I still collecting CD’s, you can bet I’d add these too my collection!
Interesting bit of trivia, Lawrence Gowan (currently the lead singer of the band Styx) appears as the announcer at the DarkStar arena. He also provided some tunes for both of the Wolfcop films.
The Wolfcop series is expected to continue, and that simply thrills me. It’s ridiculously goofy entertainment (including plenty of scatalogical humor and inter-species sexual situations), with great effects, a great soundtrack and plenty of surprising audience sympathy. I certainly look forward to the next installment.
On that note – wouldn’t this franchise be fun in a television series – perhaps modeled after Ash vs. Evil Dead? Just a thought.
Now available on DVD/Bluray and on various VOD outlets, Another Wolfcop is a genuinely good time. But do yourself a favor, if you’ve not seen the original – watch it first. It’s not necessary because of intricate plot points or the like – you’ll just want to see these characters (and their wacky situations) as much as you can.