Sgt. Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) is an alcoholic deputy in the town of Woodhaven, whose incompetence is often covered for by his fellow officer Tina Walsh (Amy Matysio). After being attacked by a strange group in the woods, Lou awakens to find a pentagram carved into his chest and that he now has heightened senses. By night, Lou turns into a full blown werewolf, who is now a better crime-fighter than he ever was as a human.
WolfCop is one of those “so bad, it’s good” horror-comedies, which is built entirely around its ridiculous premise. However, it does take quite a while for the cop to actually become a wolf. Much of the first half of WolfCop is spent establishing life in the small town of Woodhaven, which is known for its liquor donuts and annual “Drink N’ Shoot” hunt for the town’s mythical beast. Lou leaves most of the actual police work to the overachieving Tina, whose performance by actress Amy Matysio shows shades of Carrie-Anne Moss. Lou instead spends much of his time in the Tooth and Nail tavern, flirting with the seductive bartender Jessica Barratt (Sarah Lind). When it does become apparent to Lou that he’s infected with lycopanthy, following a sudden and graphic transformation in the men’s washroom, he teams up with gun dealer/conspiracy theorist Willie Higgins (Jonathan Cherry) to investigate this new side of Lou’s personality.
WolfCop really starts to become fun in the second half, when Lou’s wolf form appears in full force, through a pretty impressive practical transformation scene. It is quite fun watching Lou insist on continuing his police duties as a werewolf and even finds himself better at the job, since he can literally smell crime. The film embraces its ridiculous nature through a memorable sequence of WolfCop driving around the town in his “wolf mobile” and dispatching of criminals in ultra-gory ways. By the time the film comes to a werewolf-on-human sex scene, accompanied by the cheesy 1980s ballad “Moonlight Desires,” it becomes quite obvious that WolfCop isn’t a film that should be taken too seriously.
The joy of watching WolfCop in action makes up for what is ultimately a somewhat weak plot. Of course, WolfCop is probably not a film that people are going to see for the story.