Another WolfCop Blu-ray Review
Written by Steve Pattee
Blu-ray released by RLJ Entertainment
Written and directed by Lowell Dean
2017, 80 minutes, Not Rated
Released on July 3rd, 2018
Leo Fafard as WolfCop
Yannick Bisson as Swallows
Amy Matysio as Tina
Jonathan Cherry as Willie Higgins
Serena Miller as Kat
Devery Jacobs as Daisy
Three years ago, I read Richelle's revew of WolfCop and knew I had to own the movie, sight unseen. I'm not a big fan of the horror/comedy genre, but I love me some werewolves, and I was not disappointed. WolfCop lived up to all of the hype and then some, so when Another WolfCop was announced, I naturally got excited.
The movie starts off with a bang. After a brief introduction to the film's main antagonist and a hint at his intentions, Another WolfCop moves to a high-speed chase with WolfCop chasing a panel truck of robbers. Blood, gore, and hijinks ensue.
Speaking of blood and gore, you'll find buckets of both in Another WolfCop. It looks as if all of the effects are practical and if there is any CGI, I didn't notice it. For the most part the effects are pretty good, especially when they count. Normally in lower-budgeted films, when someone is holding a decapitated head, it looks pretty bad. But not here; every head is a delight. However, one of the worst effects in the film – kind of an Alien/Basket Case hybrid situation – is almost distracting in its badness. However, the tone of the movie allows you to overlook it. Plus, WolfCop and the evil he fights all look pretty fantastic.
The acting across the board is solid, and it really appears like everyone is having a good time. Leo Fafard and Amy Matysio as WolfCop and Tina (respectively) play off each other well as they, along with Willie (Jonathan Cherry), fight the minions of the evil businessman, Swallows (Yannick Bisson). And Kevin Smith is great as the small town's mayor.
There's a lot to love about Another WolfCop, but like most sequels, it's not quite as good as the first. There are times where it tries too hard by being as over-the-top as it can (WolfCop's wolf-cock comes to mind; you'll see) and there are too many subplots for its own good. You have an almost love-triangle, unrequited love, created monsters that are under-utilized and a weird almost throwaway subplot involving the mayor. It's a bit frustrating because WolfCop and his gang of misfits simply going after the evil entrepreneur and his evil army is just fine for a movie like this; it all could have used some reeling in.
However, at the end of the day Another WolfCop is still a lot of fun because it has the majority of ingredients to make for an enjoyable Friday Fun film. You have blood, guts, grue, gore, action, comedy, and a WTF DID I JUST WATCH sex scene. There's a promise of another WolfCop film at the end of this one, and I'm already looking forward to it.
Video and Audio:
Another WolfCop's 1.78:1 presentation is clean if a little soft. Skin tone is natural and the colors absolutely pop.
The 5.1 DTS HD is nicely mixed, with audio, soundtrack or effects never overtaking the other. The only (slight) disappointment it's all very front heavy. Your surrounds don't get a tremendous workout here, in particular the rears. I should give a special mention to the soundtrack, though. It rocks, and at least two of the songs in it could have come straight from the '80s.
- The Making of Another WolfCop
- Friends & Foes: Meet the Cast
- The Monster Shop: Special Effects
- Shoot or Die! Surviving on Set
- "Barn Burner" Music Video by Shooting Guns
Don't get your hopes up on that above lineup, the collected running time is under 25 minutes. Plus, for the most part, these are just feel-good featurettes you'd see promoting the movie. That's not to say they aren't worth watching after you've seen Another WolfCop because there are a few cool scenes and a few interesting tidbits from the filming to be gleaned. However, it's also a lot of 'so-and-so was fantastic to work with' and 'I love everyone on set' and the various types of energy (creative, powerful, happy, etc.) people brought to the set. That's great and all, but man, it would have been nice seeing more true behind-the-scenes and less fluff. That said, if you're going to watch any of them, make sure it's The Monster Shop: Surviving Effects, as it's the best piece found in the features even if it is frustratingly short at less than seven minutes. And Jonathan Cherry's description of Bad Willie is hilarious and worth the price of admission alone.