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Here comes the fuzz.
A low-budget, high-concept 2014 Canadian horror-comedy made in the style of 80s splatstick films.

Officer Lou Garou is a burned out alcoholic who couldn't give less of a crap about the crime in his small town, until the night he halfheartedly investigates what he thinks are a bunch of kids partying in the woods, and instead stumbles across a group of hooded figures conducting what seems to be a Satanic ritual. He blacks out and wakes up with a pentagram carved in his torso - and a bad case of lycanthropy. But the werewolf cop isn't just an alcohol-fueled rage monster, he's got a renewed sense of duty and, along with his conspiracy nut friend, starts investigating the town's mysteries and taking a literal bite out of crime...

Wolfcop was the first winner of the CineCoup Film Accelerator, in which indie filmmaking teams begin by submitting a two-minute trailer, then compete with further challenges and gather fan support, with a prize covering $1 million dollars in expenses and a guaranteed opening in Cineplex theaters. The Wolfcop team's obvious skill, enthusiasm for the project and love of the genre won over fans, who eagerly supported its Indiegogo campaign.

This film has the examples of:

  • Autopsy Snack Time: Violent crime scene splattered with blood and body parts? Perfect time for a coffee and a cruller from Liquor Donuts!
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Lou is so busy tearing apart criminals he barely notices the meth lab/barn going up in flames around him.
  • Beast and Beauty: Werewolf-Lou and Jessica... although this is subverted when it's revealed Jessica is actually a 200-year old shapeshifter who probably isn't even really female.
  • Big Bad: Mayor Bradley is the leader of the secret Reptilian Conspiracy to control the town.
  • Black Magic: The reason for creating a werewolf, although the plot doesn't go into too many details.
  • Body Horror: Lou's screaming, skin-ripping, face-shedding, blood-pissing, slime-vomiting transformation is pretty damn nasty.
  • Clean Up the Town: What Lou proceeds to do after becoming a werewolf. Before, he constantly showed up for work late and drunk, and casually drove past crimes in progress.
  • Cool Car: The customized wolfmobile.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: The piggies learn the hard way that it's a bad idea to rob a store in a town patrolled by a werewolf cop.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Lou has a craving for donuts even in werewolf form!
  • Drunken Master: Unlike most werewolves, Lou seems able to retain some of his personality after he changes. Willy theorizes that it's due to the copious amounts of booze he consumes. The finale even has Lou seemingly powering up by downing a bottle.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Ironically subverted, in that the little dog seems more curious than anything else, and Wolfcop later saves it from being abused by its owner.
  • Eye Scream: One low-level criminal manages to lose an eye on different occasions.
    • He loses his left eye when his boss stabs him for failing his task of capturing Lou.
    • And in the finale, his remaining eye is shot out.
  • Facial Horror: A darkly comic moment happens when Wolfcop outright rips one mook's face clean off.
  • Fainting: A Monster Faint variant occurs when the last of the three Piggies is confronted by a gun-wielding Wolfcop.
  • Fairytale Motifs: There's a gang of three teens terrorizing Woodhaven called the Piggies, referring to their pig masks. Wolfcop takes them out during his cruise around town. Later, Jessica greets him while dressed like Red Riding Hood.
  • False Friend: Willy, who becomes considerably more "friendly" after he tranquilizes a rampaging wolf-Lou Also the Chief although he isn't that friendly to begin with.
  • Femme Fatale: Jessica, who is just leading the Wolfcop on for the Satanic cult that'll keep her young.
  • It's Personal: For both Lou and Tina, as Tina's father was the previous werewolf victim, and Lou's father died trying to save him.
  • Made of Plasticine: Werewolf claws are apparently sharp enough to shear off a man's face (and leave him still alive!).
  • Moose and Maple Syrup: Subverted in that Woodhaven is just as riddled with crime and dark secrets as an American city, and no one is particularly nice or polite. Probably due to this being a 100% Canadian production filmed in Saskatchewan.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Jessica, especially in her Little Red Riding Hood get-up. Subverted in that she's actually a shapeshifter.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Willy. He thinks Lou's transformation is the most beautiful thing he's ever seen.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted, as Lou not only transforms for the first time while urinating, but as Wolfcop he also pisses all over a graffiti-spraying hoodlum.
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Subverted. Lou's "little wolfman" is the first body part we see transform, and to judge from another character's reaction later, he's apparently quite well-hung in wolf form.
  • Off with His Head!: Lou decapitates several bad guys during the course of the movie.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Created via a Satanic (sort of) ritual in order to have their blood drained by shapeshifters in a ritual called The Reckoning, as werewolf blood is apparently extremely useful, these wolfmen are still able to talk and reason while in feral form, at least enough to get their job done.
    • There is no mention of any weakness to silver.
    • Werewolves also transform in daytime during a total solar eclipse, during which they are weaker than normal.
  • Painful Transformation: Lou's skin-ripping, blood-spewing transformation is intensely visceral and gross - changing back into a human seems to be painless, though.
  • Protagonist Title: WolfCop.
  • Punny Name: Lou Garou is a take off "loup-garou", which is French for "werewolf".
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Midnight Desires by Gowan, released in 1987 and fitting the retro aesthetic so well, some reviewers thought it was a spoof written specifically for the film.
  • Reptilian Conspiracy: the ultimate Big Bad.
  • Shapeshifters Do It for a Change: When Lou express regret over sleeping with a 200 year old woman, the Jessica/Mayor Bradley shapeshifter quips what makes him think she's a woman.
  • Shout-Out: The "wolfmobile" pulls out of the garage with the same cheesy sped-up effect as the Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV series.
  • Slashed Throat: Several! Both by Wolfcop and the changelings.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Wolfcop and Jessica after doing it.
  • Stab the Scorpion: After seemingly taking out all the bad guys, Tina aims her gun at Wolfcop and shoots the mook sneaking up behind him.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Werewolf eyes are gold.
  • Super-Senses: After becoming a werewolf, Lou experiences the typical heightened sense of smell.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Willy adds some wolfsbane to Lou's scrambled eggs to prove he's a werewolf. Why Willy has a jar of wolfsbane in his kitchen is another thing entirely.
  • The Alcoholic: Lou Garou's normal state is drunk, and he sees no reason to stop even after becoming a werewolf.
  • There Was a Door: Why enter the meth lab hidden in a barn when you can drive your wolfmobile through the side of it?
  • Title Drop: Willie tries to dissuade Lou from responding to a robbery in his wolfed-out state. "Lou, you're a wolf..." "Cop."
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: Lou manages to find one misfiled in the local public library.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Lou, after being turned into a werewolf. He still drinks, but also kicks more ass.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot: An upcoming eclipse sets the plot in motion.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Woodhaven. It's been run by Satanic shapeshifters for the last 200 years
  • Traitor Shot: A rather subtle one, when Willy is calling for help while Lou tears up the meth lab - it seems like the logical thing to do at the time, but later it becomes clear he's alerting his fellow shapeshifters.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The citizens of Woodhaven don't seem as shocked by a werewolf cop as they probably should be.
  • Visual Pun: Willie is always wearing a sheepskin jacket. He's a metaphorical wolf in sheep's clothing.
  • Weird Moon: The moon is constantly red or dark orange, a color it would usually have only when very low on the horizon or during an eclipse.
  • Werewolf Theme Naming: "Lou Garou" is only one letter away from loup-garou, the French term for werewolf.
  • Wolf Man: Lou's feral form is a deliberate throwback to the Wolfman aesthetic.
  • Wretched Hive: Woodhaven. Justified in that it seems to have been engineered that way by the shapeshifters secretly running the town.
  • You Sexy Beast: Lou has more luck getting laid as a werewolf than a human.
    • Granted, the one woman who seems interested in the wolf is herself not human.