It's not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou's senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he's a rage-fueled werewolf. WOLFCOP is one cop's quest to become a better man...one transformation at a time!
Starring: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind, Jonathan Cherry, Jesse Moss, Aidan Devine, and Corrine Conley
Written and directed by: Lowell Dean
What do you get when you cross a werewolf and a cop... a pretty good freaking movie! As one might expect, crossing a wolf and a cop must mean this is a comedy-horror with probably more comedy than horror. Well "WolfCop" actually is a really well-balanced movie. The beginning is kind of serious with funny lines sprinkled in as the audience is introduced to Lou (Leo Fafard). Being an alcoholic, the movie opens in one of those moments that many might imagine happens for an alcoholic. The true comedy in the opening moments is learning about LIQUOR DONUTS!!! That's right... LIQUOR DONUTS!
The movie moves forward in some more serious moments introducing some of the other characters, and establishing what's going on in this small town. Then it gets real serious when Lou goes through his first two major transformations into a werewolf. The first one is particularly unique, as it starts from an interesting region of the body. The second one is a little different, and hits more on the pain of what Lou is going through. Both are well done from the acting to the special effects.
Now back to the comedy part. Once Lou embraces the wolf, he also embraces the cop that he isn't in his normal life. WolfCop is all about getting the bad guys. He goes on quite a little adventure with whom the audience might call a sidekick, Willie (Jonathan Cherry). While the time the two spend together is brief, WolfCop and Willie are a hilarious duo, as Willie provides plenty of play-by-play of WolfCop taking out the bad guys. Besides Willie, WolfCop also gets something many superheroes get providing yet another fun moment.
Speaking of superheroes and what they get, they also get the woman! WolfCop even has a special admirer. Soon enough that admirer and him get hot and heavy. Seeing a wolf get intimate certainly creates one of several memorable moments.
As mentioned, the movie gives the audience serious, fun, and even intimate moments. It also has plenty of action, and horror. Besides the transformation scenes, there are many moments of gore, as WolfCop tears through bad guys. The special effects are solid, and create a lot of blood and gore. Of course one or two of those moments might also come with some comedy. The movie ends with a great action scene involving several good fights, and deaths.
What's also impressive about "WolfCop" is how well writer/director Lowell Dean unfolds the story. There's something going on in the town, and it appears to be well hidden until it’s time for the big reveal. However, if the audience wants to have some real fun, watch the movie a second time, and look for the clues to what's happening. Not only does Lowell do a good job, but so does the cast. The acting is solid starting with Leo Fafard, and moving down the line to actors/actresses Jonathan Cherry, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind, and Aidan Devine.
"WolfCop" is a well-balanced movie that has a little of everything to offer its audience. There are both serious and funny moments mixed in with plenty of horror, and action. There are definitely several memorable moments as well. All of these things come together in a great story supported by some good acting. With that, and the fact that "WolfCop" introduced me to LIQUOR DONUTS, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.
monitoring Internet traffic for the Department of Homeland Security, Agent
Martin Takagi comes across the intimate video chats of a couple, temporarily
living in different parts of the world, who begin to discover their new home is
Brady Smith, Sarena Khan, Tohoru Masamune, Laura Niles, and Sadie Ella Solomon
and directed by: Matthew Solomon
Horror fans often complain that they
can't find anything original to watch. Some fans even complain about the parade
of found footage films over the past few years. Well what if I told you that
there is a film that is shot almost entirely through Skype. Yes, that's
right... Skype. Something original, and certainly different! You might have
some concerns about that, but I'm here to tell you not to worry about it.
"Chatter" follows David
(Brady Smith) and Laura (Sarena Khan), who are a couple trying to stay in touch
while being miles apart. David is trying to settle into their new house, while
Laura is away on business. They start off doing the typical things couples
might do on Skype like filling each other in on their daily activities, work,
and even squeeze in some personal romantic time.
Then the fun begins when David starts
hearing what he thinks is a child while trying to sleep. This starts a chain of
strange events that occur over the course of days. The drama builds as he
shares his concerns with Laura, and his best friend. The audience might think
that Skype would limit this story, but it doesn’t. There is plenty of back-story
that is revealed in conversions, and it brings more attention to why they are
Then there’s the added dimension of
Agent Martin Takagi (Tohoru Masamune) watching everything unfold. He plays
almost like another audience member except that he’s really in the film. While
he watches the couple and sees everything that is happening, the audience
watches anxiously to see if he will help the couple as things go from bad to
As for scares, it’s a little hard to
produce some jump scares because of the limits of the Skype screens. However,
they do an excellent job of creating some creepy scenes. There's always a
chance for a figure to appear in the background, or an object to start moving.
The tension definitely builds to an unexpected, and exciting ending. And just
when the audience thinks it’s all over, stay tuned for a bonus scene after the
A few years ago I had the privilege of
reviewing an excellent short film shot through Skype titled "Anna" by
Matthew Solomon. As good as that was, Matthew topped it with this full feature
version “Chatter.” The audience should have no worries that the movie is shot
primarily through Skype, as that makes the movie watching experience new, and
original. There’s a good story filled with many creepy moments. The built up
tension will have the audience worried about the fate of the couple, and if the
agent will ever come to their aid.