Gunsmoke & Ghouls
Welcome horror fans! Cult and Feind have given their thoughts on this one and now if you were on the fence let Scribbler Kevin Hurtack push you over. Was Wolf Cop too hairy for Kevin?
Like Fiend, I didn't quite know what I was getting myself into when I pressed 'play' on Wolf Cop. At first I felt it was a little too heavy handed with the B-movie cheese but once it got to the scene where Lou investigates a noise disturbance at night I felt the movie took a turn for the better. Although it never truly loses its campiness it knows how to use it in an effective manner. In particular the character Willie has some of the best one-liners in the movie when Lou is out as Wolf Cop for the first time. There's also a morbidly funny scene at the crime scene at the bar that's classic in a disturbed way.
The transformation of Lou into a werewolf is fantastic stuff. It's graphic and during the second time he turns the camera doesn't shy away at all. The sequence is one of the best I've seen and it seems like its purely physical special effects which gives it a visceral quality that CGI can't match. Although, if you're a dude you may find one particular aspect of his transformation a little painful…
During the second half of the movie there's a good helping of gore/violence that's quite entertaining. In particular a scene that's not only one of the most graphic but also hilarious – a dude getting his face ripped off and still running around screaming sans face later on. The entire scene of Wolf Cop vs the local drug lord's thugs brilliantly captures the chaos of an actual fight rather than being overly choreographed and structured like some movies. Despite the absurdity of it all, it was actually quite realistic in its portrayal of violence. That being said I could've really done without the soft core porno love scene between Wolf Cop and the local slut. Seriously, it was way too long and way too hairy…
I think what really kept my interest in the movie is the fact that it was well acted. It's the kind of movie that can be made or broken by the cast and I was pleasantly surprised to find all the actors did a really good job with their roles. I enjoyed the plot of Wolf Cop and the fact that it used a different method of creating a werewolf. It's not your usual Hollywood trope. I also liked how the various plot threads came together toward the end. There are a few loose ends but nothing that really ruined the story for me. A lot of the time B-movies can have poorly written plots, but Wolf Cop was pretty tightly written which is another reason I liked it.
I would recommend this movie to horror fans that don't take the genre too seriously. There's plenty of violence/gore/occult stuff in there to make it appealing but if you can't laugh or are one of those snobs that think horror and comedy don't mix then I'd say skip it. Personally, I really liked this one and would catch it again, especially since it comes in at just over an hour. I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel that's being worked on currently.
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Gunsmoke & Ghouls
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